As the school year comes to a close I am working on motivating my students and pushing them through the last few weeks of the school year. And while they have a lot of work to do, so do I! Next year I am moving to a new school district AND changing grade levels. This year I am teaching third grade and next year I am going to be teaching a developmental kindergarten calss. I will be spending the next few weeks cleaning out my room and packing up all of the junk I have accumulated over the past school year. The amount of work I have to do is overwhelming to say the least but my colleges have offered me some awesome advice for making the moving process as painless as it can be.
Moving schools, classrooms and grade levels is super common and I have compiled some of the best advice I have received. These are some of the tips I have gotten from other teachers that help them end the school year feeling prepared for back to school time.
The rush to the copy machine right before school is CRAZY! If you have been teaching the same grade level for a while you know what you will need those first few months of school. Copy those essentials and have them filed away so you aren’t fighting the masses the first few weeks. Having a few weeks worth of essential copies made will make you feel more prepared and relaxed as August approaches.
Take an inventory of the supplies you have leftover from this year to help save money in the fall. I don’t know about you but as soon as the back to school ads start appearing in the mail I am convinced I need everything!! But to help save some money this year I decided to start taking inventory of what I have leftover and what I am in desperate need of.
When going through my supply drawers I realized that I somehow managed to end the year with 50 glue sticks but I am on my last box of pencils. This will help me as I am scoping out sales during Back to School time.
Throw away the things you know you don’t need or want to keep. For example I started throwing away all of my ripped anchor charts, the books beyond repair, and my broken book bins etc. I am also going through my makers and crayons and throwing away the ones that are broken or dried up but salvaging the ones that are still usable. Throwing things away now means less to pack up!
Take these last few weeks to begin organizing your file cabinets. My goal is to eliminate as many paper originals as possible because I find it SO much easier to simply search my google drive and print a copy then search through binders that are bursting at the seams. For the binders I do still have I plan to throw away extra copies of papers and anything I know didn’t work for my kids.