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August 03, 2007

Living on a Budget-Laminates

Hello Readers,

What's the first thing students do when they are given a role play card or something similar on paper? Do they think about how much time and effort the teacher has gone through to create it, print it, cut it, and sort it? Or do they immediately start to roll it up, peel the paper off the card backing, and pinch the edges down. You can't blame them; it seems to be a natural reaction.

However, there is something you can do to minimize...

... the damage done to your materials and to maximize their use. It's a little something called a laminator.

Now, it may seem like quite an investment to purchase a machine just to make your materials smooth and relatively water proof. However, it might surprise you to know that they can be bought for about $20. The first thing to do if your school does not already have one is to find out how much laminators cost in your area. Then, take your research to your manager and request that the school invest in one, explaining some of the reasons for such a purchase. For example:

* it will save teachers time
* resources can be used more than once
* resources will look more professional
* teachers will be more likely to use such resources if they are readily available
* such resources make for interactive lessons, which enhances learning

If your request gets rejected, then you can either ask your fellow teachers to chip in to buy one, buy one to share amongst your own teacher-friends, or buy one yourself. Don't forget that you will need to also purchase laminating paper as well.

Hope that helps!

Happy laminating!!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at August 3, 2007 08:37 AM

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I can't imagine not owning a laminator. My next purchase is going to be a guillotine so I can easily and quickly cut up what I've laminated.

Posted by: EFL Geek at August 3, 2007 09:16 AM

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