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Dump Your Surplus. Get What You Really Need

If you have five million boxes of staples and there's not a single pencil in site, you've got to do something immediately to get rid of your surplus to get the things you really need. You don't want to file a request in triplicate that won't get here till June.  Take...

Your Handouts Are Ugly. How to Make Them Shine

No one wants to read your handouts.  They're ugly and boring...or worse yet, copied from an old workbook. Are you still giving old-school worksheets to Generation Snapchat? I was. "What do I have to do?" kids would say. "Read the directions!... You didn't read it...

The Best Places for Stealing Pencils and Pens

Out of pencils and pens again? Me too. Our official position at BrokeTeacher.com is that you should not spend your paycheck on your job.  That includes buying a million pencils.  You should pay down your debt instead.  Nothing'll take you down faster than pens and...

The Wrong Box of Tissues

"You got any more tissues?" "There's a box on of tissues on my desk." "It's empty." "I just brought it yesterday." "It's empty." That's because there's a clump of tissues on the floor, a clump by the microwave, and a clump on a desk. Believe it or not, there is a...

Need Books? Make Friends with the Librarian

Are you a broke teacher with a sad classroom library?  Make friends with the librarian. Every year, I restocked my classroom library, going to bookstores, looking for used books on Amazon, and spending up a storm.  I always lost a ton of books--the best books walk...

Throw that $hi# Out!: Toss Your Clutter Now!

Teachers are hoarders. You've got clutter.  Teachers: you've got to throw that $hi# out.  Now!  It's life-changing.  It's simple. I get obsessed about decluttering from time to time.  I started decluttering at home a long time ago, but it never carried over to school....

Stop Spending Money on Your Class!

Are you spending too much on your classroom? Experts say teachers spend around $500 per year on their classroom, but many teachers spend far more than that.  Teachers are spending more than the couple hundred dollars the IRS allows us to deduct, which is far more than...