I think that just about every primary teacher can nod sagely and say, “been there, done that,” to the points Stephanie makes in her latest blog.
Being a public school teacher is the only job where you steal things from home to bring to work. Old furniture, newspapers, milk bottles, boxes, old machines. Teachers, in particular primary teachers, are masters in the art of transmogrifying other people’s junk into learning experiences. Partly because it’s fun but mostly because school funding never quite stretches that far.
Reading that schools are quietly dipping into operations grants to buy food for kids didn’t surprise me. Instead my first thought was; it isn’t just food and it isn’t just schools. Teachers often dip into their pockets over the course of the school year. Most people assume it’s paying for little extras like stickers and stamps but often we’re also chucking a few dollars at kids in our class who need a helping hand.
Based on a highly unscientific poll on twitter and my own experience here’s a sample of what New Zealand teachers dip into their own funds…
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