I begin in the month of Novemebr taking inventory of every single item I have
in my room- and I mean every single one. I have a running paper sign out list
that teachers check off what size and how much, what colors they take out so
I can project consumption and need for the next year. Over the years, I've
found it best to create an"inventory sheet" for all my stuff. I also write
"things not to forget" list of anything new that comes out I want to try, or
supplies I wind up using more of than originally planned because of a new
idea hitting me.
I also ,as i get catalogs sent to me, go thru them and jot down a "wish list"
of products unique to that company.
After I do my inventory, I compare to last year's inventory, and the order,
to see how much was used. Hen compare to what I have now. That's how much
I'll need to get.
I am right in the thick of this right now, our orders are due Dec 15 this
THis time of year is so insane- I have open house on Mon for the sr high kids
I teach, christmas concert decorations needed by the 15th also, the order, my
lesson planms, sketchbooks to grade.......a very stressful time of year when
one is suppposed to be "jolly".
At least I work for a district and a principal that trust my professional
judgement on my supply needs and support me generously.
One more word of advice- every year, pick one thing you use a lot of to
"hoard" if you have extra money- that way, every other year you'll get a
break from having to order that item.
Last night I spent 6 hrs comparing item by item the Hammett and United
catalogs- this is a pain, but the savings you will get from taking the time
to painstakingly do your homework with the #s will really stretch what you
can do for your program.
I am totally not a math person- but I will do what I need to do to analyze
the best bang for my buck at order time !
Good luck ! Remember, we're lucky to have the freedom to choose our materials!
Lots of teachers don't have that flexibility !
Christine in Binghamton