This weekend I was lucky enough to be caught up in the chaos that is school supply shopping. I must say, this process seems very different from when I was a child. Supply lists seem to be getting longer (and more expensive), more detailed, and unfortunately less personalized for the learner. Let’s face it; educators create these lists for the next year without knowing their students at all. That isn’t a knock, just the way it has always been done. But what if, in the name of personalization, we began to shift what supply lists look like? Is there a chance that you might begin to better know your learners just by what they choose to bring to school? Shouldn’t the list reflect the types of learning we want happening? Check out the sample below. Your comments, suggestions, and lists of your own are welcome!
Sample Personalized School Supply List
There are no required brands, colors, or amounts of supplies. Learners will have a large amount of choice as to how the demonstrate learning (digitally, more traditional, individually or collaboratively, etc.). Please bring what you think you might need based on the information below.
- Take and share notes
- Brainstorm ideas individually and collaboratively
- Design and build models
- Watch/Listen to digital content
- Create and deliver presentations
- Write in every subject area
- Communicate with others in and out of our classroom and school (other students, teachers, business leaders, etc.)
- Solve problems both individually and collaboratively
- Access information through books (digital and traditional)
Access to the following will be available:
- A limited number of computing devices
- Wireless access school-wide
- School staff to facilitate and support learning
- Collaborative spaces that include whiteboards, chart paper, etc.
- A district email account
- Classroom content, materials, and schedules through the class website
- District resources such as the media center, Discovery Streaming, Atomic Learning, etc.
All of the following are welcome for learning purposes:
- Traditional supplies such as paper, pencils, notebooks, organization tools (folders, binders,), glue, markers, colored pencils, pens, etc.
- Personal devices (laptops, tablets, smart phones)
- Utility apps for note taking, organization, presentation, and scheduling
- Flash drives for saving and sharing work
- Comfort items like water bottles, tissue, school appropriate snacks (please confirm any dietary or allergy needs), favorite reading material, and Mp3 Players with ear buds