Who knows better about what young students need, and don’t need, in a classroom than teachers?
They’ve witnessed the goofy, excessive and flat-out strangeness in back to school supplies. And the teachers we talked to have one comment: Stop it.
Back to the basics is what Back-to-School shopping should be all about, said Lisa Rogers, a fourth grade teacher at King Springs Elementary in Smyrna. Marbut Elementary school educator Rose Smith has no room for extras, either.
“I have a big tub of things in my closet that I collect,” Rogers said. “If they bring all that stuff to school, I end up taking it anyway. By the end of the day, they’ve forgotten all about it. It’s a waste of money.
Top of Rogers’ leave-it-at-home list? Pencils, all kinds of pencils.
Pencils with whistles and pompoms attached. Transformers and cheerleaders dangling off pencils. Even big packs of 24 pencils. “You only need one or two,” she says. Pencil sharpeners with lava inside? Another no-no.
Smith says bypass