Oh May, how I've been counting down the days until you're here - because that means the end of the school year is just weeks away, and boy is this teacher ready!
But the end of the school year means cleaning up, putting things away, and simply storing things until August when it's time to bring it all back out. So if you're anything like me, you might just nicely stack things in a closet and then have no idea what you were thinking when you put it all away. #teacherproblems
Now before you get all, "I don't even want to think about BTS... it's still April for goodness sake!" I hear ya, I hear ya loud and clear. And I am no where even mentally close to being ready for BTS time. But I am so tired, ya'll, of coming back to school and having all of this stuff to do... only to finish my list, and then think of 4 more things to add to my to do list... and continue this cycle on for a month until my classroom is finally where I want it to be.
I have this line of tape with X's on the floor at the front of my classroom for when my students line up for lunch, recess, and dismissal. It's one of those super simple, complacent things that I will probably forget about until the morning of the first day of school.
Same goes for the tape around my desk... and the tape in the calm down spot. Before I even start peeling that tape up, I'm writing it down on my list of things I need to remember at BTS time.
adorable lapbook or starting a memory book for your class? Make those copies now and store them in your Back to School Box.
We aren't allowed in our classrooms until 2ish weeks before school starts... and we have to fully detox our rooms (meaning, take everything down and all of your stuff gets piled in the middle of the classroom for summer cleaning). It's a huge pain and I always, always, always forget what supplies I need and don't need. Not next year.
Whether you actually work on them or not is a different story, it's the effort that counts.
I know that when I hit up Lakeshore Learning in August... everything I want is going to not be there... because other teachers want it to... and then they buy it before me... and then I'm out of luck until October when it's back in stock... and by then I don't care what my bulletin boards look like.
So if I go and buy it in May, I can laminate that cute social skills bulletin board set at school now and cut it out over summer. Then when I come back in August to decorate, it's ready to get stapled to the board.
I know already that I have 4 of 5 read alouds that I want to create sub plan sets for to have in emergency situations, or just for those general days when I'll be out for staff development. I'm not going to have time to create them during the school year, because I certainly didn't make them this school year. So I'm going to take the books home and work on those sub plans here and there this summer... and then I'm set once school comes back around.
Put your teacher "home" bag, all of that lamination, those pesky books you want to write sub plans for... put all of it in a room and shut the door. For at least a month.
Relax and refresh your mind and body. Reset yourself and enjoy your summer. You've worked so hard the last couple of months, you deserve the summer off to recoup.
What do you do at the end of the school year to prepare for BTS?