How did we do with last week's challenge? I found the top of my teacher table by Friday, and when I had students help me clean the room before dismissal, I even let someone wipe it down (the normal rule is they don't wipe my table top). I also sent home every graded paper and all turned in homework assignments with the students on Fridays. I do this on a regular basis, and attach it all on a weekly report that their parents sign. They bring the weekly report back, and keep the piles of papers at home! I also cleaned off a shelf in one of the cabinets in my closet. I was able to organize the materials for my monthly school store. It felt good!
Here are the challenges for this upcoming week. Choose 3 or more of these challenges to meet by Friday:
1. Empty your teacher desk drawers. Throw away anything you know you won't use or need. Reorganize the materials you will use, but don't forget to wipe out the drawers before you put anything inside. This will make you feel amazing every time you go to open a drawer!
2. Open a cabinet with shelves or drawers. Choose one shelf or drawer and throw away or give away anything that you haven't used in three years. Anything in this drawer/on this shelf that you are keeping can stay just for the time being.
3. Find TEN items to throw away or recycle. The only restriction on this TEN is that it has to be items that belong to you (not student work). If it's still usable, consider donating it to another teacher.
4. Go through your bulletin board and classroom decor pile(s). You know there is stuff in there that you haven't used in years, and stuff you know you won't use again. If it's in great shape, see if you can give it to a student teacher. Only keep what you know you will use.
5. If you have old curriculum materials that are not a part of the new curriculum stuff you use, figure out what to do with it. Ask your admin what you should do with the textbooks that are not in use. Ask if there is a closet in which they should be stored. Every school district has different rules about how to handle old books, so make sure someone gives you the correct response.
BONUS: Take all of your cleaning supplies and personal supplies (ex: bottles of lotion, wipes, board cleaners, etc) and figure out where you can store them so they are easy for you to get to, but out of the way. Picture this area like a little kitchen cabinet in your classroom. I have a lot of random things that fit in to this section of my teacher closet, but they are so helpful to have on hand.
Again, let me know how it goes!