This post is proof of both my brilliance and my insanity. :)
Brilliant move: have students help with end of school year clean-up. Our last day of school was crazy. First off, it was a half-day. And a third or so of that half-day included our all-school Awards Assembly. On the morning of the awards assembly, I got a call from my principal asking me to make hundreds of awards for the assembly. On the day of the assembly. Talk about stressful!
Luckily, I'd already written a to do list on the board of tasks that needed to get done. While I was busy printing awards, my students got to work on the list. I didn't even have to ask them. Honestly, I think they were bored out of their minds and glad to have something to do.
|End of School To Do List|
Here's the cabinet minus everything but my colored paper. That stuff is heavy and a pain to move!
Most of the stuff was pretty easy to put up. But, there's always those things that you don't know quite what to do with. For example, where should I store my leis from our Hawaiian themed spirit day? Or my fly swatters for the fly swatter game? As soon as I throw out the old ice cream bucket, I will find something I could have done with it. This was the point where I really started dreading my decision to pull everything out of my cabinet at once!
The final results was nice! I don't think my cabinet has ever been quite this organized.
Of course, after this, I decided to change how I stored my paper which led to even more re-arranging. I posted about my new solution to colored paper storage here.
I post this as a reminder to myself. Getting students to help with classroom chores = good. Deciding to take everything out of your storage cabinet at once = stupid.
Side note: In just two short years of teaching, I've accumulated a TON of stuff. Whenever I decide to move, it's going to be crazy.