Teachers spend an outstanding amount of their own money on school supplies for the classroom. As a longtime partner to educators, Apperson has seen this firsthand. In fact, we recently reached out to our own audience of teachers to hear what they had to say on the subject. The results were conclusive: there is a severe lack in student preparedness for school. In fact, 42% of our teachers said they feel that students do not come at all prepared with the necessary school supplies.
This makes it extremely difficult for teachers to successfully create and execute lesson plans. When students come to class without the resources they need, the learning process is slowed down. Not only are these students negatively impacted, but so are the other students who do come to class prepared. This can be incredibly frustrating for teachers, as it takes away time from their carefully planned lessons.
58% of our respondents said it is difficult to get the resources they need for the classroom, while a mere 6% said they felt it was easy. So, what do they do next? Teachers are taking it upon themselves to purchase resources for the classroom out of their own pockets. While this is greatly appreciated, it should not be necessary.
Most of their money is going to pencils, paper, and lab supplies. As we all know, these materials do not come cheap. 23% of our respondents said they spend a yearly average of over $700 of their own money to receive these resources. Another 35% said they spend between $300-$500.
These are outstanding numbers. Data speaks, and now we need to listen. We have proof that there is a universal issue here. Keep an eye out for our next blog in the Resourced Challenged series that will talk about how these results impede the performance of students in the classroom.
About Our Sponsor
Apperson is an industry leader in educational technology, helping to streamline teacher workflow and improve learning outcomes for over 20 years. We are bringing our expertise to a new program: Class Packs by Apperson. By combining school supplies with a fundraiser in an easy online shopping platform, we are making life easier for parents, teachers, and schools across the country.