Community Vs. Individual Supplies

Community Vs. Individual Supplies

One of the biggest differences in classroom management across teachers is supply management. Some teachers have all students share their supplies, and others have students store all the items they need in their own desks, pencil boxes, etc. Depending on your classroom, your students, and your management style, one may work better than the other. Check out the following pros and cons:

Community Supplies:

  • Reflect more of a collaborative classroom culture.
  • You don't need to have a full set of supplies for each student, saving you and students' families money. This also can save space, as you don't have to store individual student supplies.
  • Students don't have to be responsible for their own supplies or keeping their desks clean and organized.
  • Cons: sometimes more difficult to distribute, some parents and children will resist sharing supplies, need a management plan in place to keep the supplies organized, supplies sometimes run out faster, some supplies will still need to be individual, students damaging community supplies

Individual Supplies:

  • Reflect values of student independence.
  • Students are responsible for their own supplies, and there is no community supply maintenance.
  • Supplies will sometimes last longer.
  • There are always some supplies that will need to be individual, so it can make it easier to manage all individual supplies.
  • Students and parents usually won't resist keeping their own supplies.
  • Cons: requires separate storage for each student, some students will not be able to afford to acquire supplies, students must keep desks clean and organized to find the supplies they need, need to have a class set of each item, sharpening pencils often, students losing supplies

So, is it better to have community or individual supplies? The choice is yours! Let me know in the comments below what works best for you.

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