It's that time of the year again when we realize how much paper we have been hoarding for the last 10 months and what student all of a sudden has months worth of gym clothes stuffed into their locker.
As with the past years, our chief custodian is right on top of things and strips and waxes classroom floors the the days leading up to the end of the year, and again my classroom was done at the beginning of this week. I find this extremely helpful in making me clean out my room before the final days and forcing the students to take their belongings home. I am also able to set my classroom back up for the following year saving me time at the end of the summer. However, instead of resetting my classroom I am packing it up in boxes to move to a new school for next year. I have been declared surplus at my current school due to declining enrolment. It has been quite the process of applying and interviewing for positions and then landing a new challenge.
As I cleaned out cupboards and filing cabinets, I couldn't help but relate to this article by Elizabeth Moore I read recently about how teachers hoard supplies and resources "just in case". It has made me really think before loading my boxes if I'm going to use such item or notebook and if not, pass it along. It never ceases to amaze me how much stuff we actually collect and then typically go buy again because we can't find it in our cupboard or closet.
I am going to be starting fresh at a new school, therefore I will be attempting to only keep what I actually see myself using. Although I am changing grades (dramatically) I will be selective as to what I "pack" into my cupboards.
Here's to clearer, more organized cupboards!
Sunshine & happiness today & forever!