I spent a whole day in my room - and you can't tell

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  1. frogger

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    Last year was my first as well and I got a room that was sort of like that but the teacher before wasn't there for 17 years! I got finished what I needed and put the rest elsewhere and then when I had time went through the extra stuff. I took it home too and worked on it when I wasn't stressed or busy with other stuff. By the end of the year I had it paired down and then spent some time this summer really going through it - you do end up throwing a lot out because it is outdated or not what is used at the district anymore or some other reason. But like giraffe said work on the surface and what you need for Aug 25th because those filing cabinets can be a black hole that you won't get out of in time!:lol:
     
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    Giraffe gave very good advice. I just went through what I knew needed organization, manipulatives, text books, etc. This summer I went through all the cabinets...I found glitter glue that had turned to sparkly water. So needless to say, it's finally feeling like my stuff in there....not random junk I inherited.
     
  3. Lysander

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    Definitely save the workbooks and worksheets (one copy of each is plenty, though). If you have any purple-ink ditto stuff, toss it--it doesn't copy well on Xerox. The worksheets and workbooks are perfect for extension/remediation, but especially for sub plans! The guided reading books may be good for students who need extra practice to take home.

    AS far as working in your room, I think I would start with the physical arrangement of desks, tables, chairs, etc. Once you have your furniture where you want it, you can start doing some serious cleaning. OH! And when you are setting up, make sure you leave a space for your curriculum materials from the school. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but my first year, I had my room all nicely set up...and then they brought in box after box of teacher's manuals, blackline master books, leveled readers, science materials, etc. I had to relocate items from a whole bookshelf to make room! :blush:

    Your first priority (duh) is to get the room ready for your students. Make sure you know what you're doing the first day...the insides of cabinets can wait, but I'd advise not waiting too long, so that you still do it before all of the adrenaline wears off. The school year can be like a roller-coaster. The slow climb to the top (now) and then once you're off, there are ups and downs, but very little slowing down. Hope this helps!
     
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    I'm an organization freak! I'd go crazy knowing I was just cramming stuff everywhere! I need plastic containers and typed labels! That being said, my advice is to toss it! Last year was my first year in my current classroom. My aide is a hoarder and everytime I'd throw something away she was getting it out of the trash! So this year I started going in early and cleaning out cabinets before others even report to work! I just hope that my custodian takes it to the dumpster before she sees what all I've tossed. I cleaned out one entire wall of cabinets and threw well over half of the stuff away!

    My thinking with all the worksheets is could I find this online or did something similar come with my reading series? I bet another teacher would have this down the hall and then I tossed all the worksheets! I even found 30 copies of the same worksheet already ran off and paperclipped together! TRASHED! Everything I'm keeping is on a table that I'm going to organize and put back in the cabinets tomorrow. Then I'm going to set my room up! Once school starts I'll tackle the file cabinet and other storage! Clean out enough space so you can utilize it! I still have about 2 weeks until school starts to get my room all ready! Good luck and start tossing! You'll feel better if you do!:)
     
  5. teacherfourth

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    I understand taking that long to work in your room and not get anything done, at least as a teaching Asst. Principal I am lucky to have a key to the building so that I can get in on the weekends.
     
  6. michelleann27

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    I recommend getting the basic things you need done like your desk etc.. then moving on.
    When i first got to my school a few years ago. It was like everyone dumped what they didnt want in it. Me and my daughter went through all the cabinets and put things in boxing i would never use and placed it outside the classroom door. I was not going to keep things that would never be used for any reason what so ever. It took a while to get things the way I wanted it but it was worth the time it took to get there. I am happy to have a good bit that could be used and I make use of it. Sometimes we get lucky when teachers retire :)
     

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