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As a former band teacher, the only things we required students to have were a pencil and anything related to their instrument of choice (cleaning supplies, drumsticks, etc.). Some of the moms at church this morning asked an interesting question that I can't answer... why are there SO MANY THINGS on a school supply list that never even get used? One lady said that her 5th grader was required to bring 10 glue sticks to class the first day. She thought it seemed rediculous because there's no way she'd actually need that many the first day, and she assumed the teacher was stockpiling supplies for less fortunate kids. She said that if a kid needed supplies, she'd gladly buy them for him, but that she saw no point in 25 kids each bringing 10 glue sticks for the whole year... let alone the first day. She said that they were required to buy 2 sets of dividers last year that are still sitting in a box under the bed today. ... so is it like that everywhere? I don't remember having to buy that much stuff when I was a kid. A notebook, box of crayons, some paper... that was really about it. What has changed? They're having to buy $50 worth of supplies for each of their children... that gets expensive FAST!
Some supplies, like glue sticks, are community property. All the glue sticks will probably go in a bin of some kind and be there when the students need them. Having been a teacher I can say that even if every student brings 10 glue sticks they will use them all by the end of the year.
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I am a h.s teacher so its probably a little different for me but I only have students buy stuff that will be used by them in class. If I need community stuff I often ask for them in exchange for a couple of e.c points (I also give an alternative for those that can't afford to supply something). My requirement list is simple: pen/pencil, color pencils, notebook and a good attitude.
As for the binders that were never used....it is possible that the teacher changed her mind on something halfway through the year.....one year I had kids keep notes in composition books that I would check but by mid year I found that system didn't work so the kids were given the option of continuing to use them or not.......