This week’s theme…
Not your house..not your closets..
It’s time to CLEAN YOUR CLASSROOM!
Now I don’t mean put on the gloves and scrub down the walls.
( Might not hurt to have some rags & cleaners though. )
So where, oh where, to begin?
YOUR PAPER FILES! UGH!
I know…start here.
I have been called many things..
KEEPER of EVERYTHING,
A “Professional” Piler..etc..etc…
But it’s time…time to
THROW IT AWAY!
Grab a JUMBO Garbage bag ( actually two )
and get started.
Here is my criteria:
If a paper can be printed from my computer
(I can always print another one!)
If I have NOT used it this year…
OR last year..I usually give myself two years..
( You won’t miss it..I promise!)
Clear out EVERYTHING..files, crates, BINDERS…
IT IS LIBERATING..and SCARY ( What if I need “that”? )
It’s on my computer..
that is NEXT!
I create file folders on my computer so I can find my documents fast & easy!
First I do ELA & MATH
Then I do this:
…Aug> Back to School
I create folders within folders.
This way I can go directly to BACK TO SCHOOL
WHAT AM I DOING IN AUGUST?
I can also go directly to Johnny Appleseed…
Same with MATH
…Beg Year Assessments
…Numbers to ten
Takes a little time…BUT SO WORTH IT!
Then when I need the masters ( because I already RECYCLED them)
Back UP all of your files on a memory stick!
Better SAFE than SORRY!
Do YOU have math manipulatives
YOU JUST DON’T USE?
The little teeny tiny ones some publisher somewhere thought kids age 6 would
LOVE to use?
( USE FOR WHAT? TEETHING..FLIPPING…THROWING???????)
BAG them, Pack them up, BOX them, STORETHEM AWAY!
I can teach most math lessons with a few cubes, white boards, & smartboard.
I don’t need 700 little beans!
The “tissue paper” booklets SOMEONE thought my firsties would need to practice fact families!
(PUBLISHERS…little fingers need CARD STOCK!)
And so…away they go!
I try to keep this to ONE box.
Don’t want to store this either.
and LAST for today..
Should be this…
Don’t let it go to this… 🙂
Can be messy!
Really take a look at WHAT KIDS ARE READING!
Old ones? DONATE!
Torn ones? FIX
Need to level? I suggest LEXILES!
( Redoing mine this summer..We use DRA/Guided reading levels)
CCSS is all about lexiles..
Learning As I Go! 🙂
And so ..a little cleaning will make your teacher heart happy!
There is MORE..under the cabinets, construction/ writing paper, the dreaded
Storage drawers…I really don’t know what’s in the BACK of those drawers!
And so on & so on!
Enjoy the weather..spend a little time each day…recycling
and HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!