An Easy Way to Share Your Classroom Wish List! October 14 2010

Wish Lists have become increasingly important as school budgets continue to be drastically cut. Although everyone has been effected by the economic downturn, there will always be parents and community members who want to make a difference in the lives of kids through donating to your classroom or school.

Why Create a Wish List

There are many advantages to creating and maintaining a Wish List.  Teaching Resource Center makes it easy for you to communicate with parents and your community regarding what materials would greatly benefit your students. From the beginning of the school year, you can let parents know what you and your classroom needs, and provide easy alternatives to mugs and knick-knacks for gifts.

A classroom Wish List is easy to share throughout the year. Begin at Back to School Night and Conferences using this Wishlist Email Chart, and include Wish List updates in regular newsletters or emails home.

How to Make a Wish List

When you get to Teaching Resource Center, click on the the words "My Wish List" in the upper right corner underneath the search bar. If you have an account, simply log in with your name an password. If you don't yet have an account, provide your name, email address and a password.

When you first log in to the "My Wish List" page, it will say "You have no items in your wish list." Now it's time to shop!

Along with free lesson plans and printables, Teaching Resource Center has a variety of curriculum, art supplies and classroom tools to choose from. If you have no idea where to start, click "Shop by Category" and choose show "All" in the drop-down menu. This will allow you to browse and get an overall picture of the items offered, from sentence strips to Wikki Stix to teaching guides across the  curriculum.

My first priority for my Wish List is to include The Daily Five, so I clicked on "Add to Wish List" in the center of the page and then I added pertinent comments.

Sharing your Wishlist

When you add a product to your wish list by clicking "Add to Wish list," you will be taken to the wish list page. It will show the product, your comments, when it was added, and an option to remove the product.

Take a few moments to fill out the "Comment" section for each item, keeping in mind the different people who may look at your wish list. Be sure to add the importance of this item to you and your classroom, how you would use this product with your students, and how long you've wanted to try it. This information will help others fulfill the wishes you have for you and your students.

When you're finished filling in your Wish List, click on the "Share Wishlist" button at the bottom. Two boxes will pop up, one for email addresses and one for an email message from you to the recipients of your list. Any time you make adjustments to your list, be sure to share the changes with those involved in your classroom!

An alternative to using email communication is to print out your Wish List when you're finished creating it. Hang it on a prominent bulletin board in your classroom or in the hallway. Keep parents informed by having your printed list handy at Back to School Night and during Conferences.