Last night, I was searching through my iPod for some of the African music I’ve ripped from my CD collection, to play briefly in class today. Unfortunately, some of what we’ve got is on old vinyl records that I’ve never transferred into digital formats, and in particular a couple of albums by Franco.
So I took a whirl onto iTunes. I normally avoid buying from iTunes, but in this case, it was a quick, useful way to get two Franco tracks onto my iPod for class today. I could have spent only a fractionally greater amount of time and gone over to our music library to get the one Franco recording we have in our collection, though.
I was thinking about this a bit later, though: it made me think of all the times that I’ve bought things primarily for classroom use, sometimes to compensate for rushed or insufficient planning on my part. Books, mostly, but sometimes other media. I don’t really keep track of this, nor do I seek reimbursement. I’m kind of careless about that kind of thing in general: it’s part of my absent-minded professorhood.
However, I’m curious about whether this is totally aberrant behavior. You hear from time to time about K-12 teachers who buy supplies or materials for their classes, either because their own schools absolutely won’t or simply because it’s more convenient and doesn’t involve having to hassle with the bureaucracy for an oddball or idiosyncratic teaching plan.