I just added up all the receipts for books, videos, furniture (bookcases), and supplies (pens, paper, ink) that I bought for my classroom last year.
My personal (financial) contribution to the success of my students amounted to $3,597.25.
I’m going to try very, very hard to rein that in this year because it just doesn’t seem right that I should be spending that much of my own money when I’m earning so little in return. That being said, though, I’m going to continue to buy the things I need in order to do my job to the best of my ability. Anything less would be unethical.
Now I just hope that Mr. Chili doesn’t pop a vein when he sits down to do our taxes. Thank the Goddess that most (if not all) of those expenditures are deductible….