This week I wanted to share with you about an idea I found on The Caffeinated Classroom: Amazon Wish List for the classroom. As a secondary teacher, I am provided very little financially to build an ideal classroom. Elementary teachers are often gifted money from PTA/PTOs, but us lowly high school teachers are expected to spend our own money to purchase anything beyond the basics.
After watching Marie’s video on creating a classroom wish list I decided to give it a try and have already received some wonderful gifts from families in the community.
First of all, there are so many parents out there who want to help out, but don’t know how. By curating a list you can be sure that you are receiving EXACTLY what you want to build the environment of your dreams.
Secondly, there are so many students who long for the engaging learning classrooms of their earlier days. I’m not advocating for posters plastering the wall and an explosion of color, but I am in favor of building a classroom of supplies, manipulatives, and decor that help to make your classroom more inviting. Blank, white walls don’t provide that aesthetic.
Thirdly, teachers cannot do this alone. It just is not possible. We need to channel our creative energy into educating students and creating plans that foster learning. Oftentimes, the environment of our classrooms become secondary (as they should) and we find ourselves working every day in a boring, sterile environment.
I decided to give it a shot. If you check out Marie’s video she explains how to setup an Amazon Wish List to share with families on your newsletter, LMS, or email signature. I reached out on my school LMS and asked for donors and many parents already browsed my list. We are working together to create an English/History classroom that feels like home for my students.
If you are interested in donating to this project please consider making a purchase on my classroom Wish List. All donors will receive a shout out on social media and a heartfelt thank you from the students. We are also working on creating a wall of donors where we post names of donors and their contributions in the classroom. This is providing opportunities to also teach my students about gratefulness.
Check out our classroom Wish List!
The Ameri Brit Mom