Thanks! It still has not been easy, and I'm still having many issues...but
I'm just not taking it home anymore and trying not to let it consume my life.
Now that school is over in about 5 weeks, I'm feeling much more positive! Of
course, I have a horrible cold AGAIN, but I'm looking forward to the summer.
I'm going to take a couple of courses toward my Masters, possibly get a job at
Starbucks or something and spend the rest of the time relaxing and preparing
for next year. I really want to start off fresh next year, with a new setup,
new procedures, new systems, everything. It's going to take a lot of work
this summer, but I'm prepared to do that. I have lots of books to read!
I do have a question about supplies. This year I started off by simply
providing the supplies to all students. Of course that didn't work for long, so
the second half of the year I asked the middle school students to bring in
supplies. That didn't work either. I have heard that they might allow students to
pick two electives next year, which will be much better. I'm thinking of
making them pay an art fee. How do you handle supplies? Do they pay a fee at
the beginning of the year? Do you order the supplies before or after the fee
has been paid? What supplies does each kid get? How do you make sure they pay?
Do you keep the supplies in the room somehow? I feel like the best scenario
would be having cubbies for each student with their supplies. I have over
400 students, so that's really unlikely. I could do it just with the middle
school students, but I'm still looking at over 60 boxes or cubbies. What do you