Moving to a room

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  1. Geologygirl

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    After five years of teaching at my school I finally got a room when a co-worker retired. The problem is he has not finished moving out, and told someone he was going to finish getting his stuff at the beginning of school. If this was a box or two of stuff it would be no big deal, but the room is literally stuffed with stuff. 3\4the of the floor to ceiling bookcase has textbooks, teddy bears ect... There was so much stuff I could barely find a space to put the bags down of stuff I started moving. The walls are still covered as well. The cabinets are full.....I need to be moved out of my floor to ceiling cabinet in our central room so our new hire will have a place for their supplies in the next week and a half, and school starts in two weeks. I do not want to step on the old teachers toes, but I really need to be able to move into my classroom. Do you think it would be rude to start piling his stuff onto lab stations so I can move in?
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    I know that our retirees cannot come into the building for 90 days after they retire. The have to be moved out before they retire. You might have to move the stuff.
     
  4. Geologygirl

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    He can come in. I am thinking once the desks are down I will pile of all in a lab station or 3. He can get what he wants to keep and whatever is left will be trashed. I just don't want to hurt his feelings by hurrying him out....
     
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    I say pile away. I mean what the heck---I've never heard of a retiring teacher waiting until the following year to clean out their crap. Sounds pretty rude of him to leave it there actually. I actually wouldn't be surprised if over the summer he got to thinking "Do I really want any of that stuff??" and just never returns.
     
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    Yeah, I would just start moving his stuff out of your way. I wouldn't even feel obligated to store it for him. It was inconsiderate of him to leave it there, in your way, causing you to spend time taking it all down for him.
     
  7. MrsC

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    I would shoot off a quick email to admin explaining the situation and asking where you should put his belongings.
     
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    We had a lot of room shifting last year and I got moved to a new room. The teacher who had the room previously was unhappy about being moved to a smaller room. She decided that everything she just didn’t want she was going to leave in the room. She also wanted to leave all of her things in the room until we got back in August. Of course, that meant that all of my stuff would have nowhere to go because a new teacher would be moving into my old room. The principal ended up having to get involved and had to keep checking in on her because she would just wander off to her new room. I’m pretty sure I ended up moving half of her stuff for her. Some people just don’t care.
     
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    Yep, though I will admit that moving rooms is annoying. I purposely volunteer for the smallest room in my department because nobody else wants it so I know my stuff can stay put. I particularly can't imagine, though, what a retired person would need to keep.
     
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    That’s a good strategy. I’m switching to a new position at my current school this upcoming year and I requested “a room that exists and has somewhere for everyone to sit.” Mission accomplished.
     
  11. TeacherNY

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    What the heck??? This is incredibly rude of him when he knows someone else is moving into the room. Definitely tell someone about this and get the ball rolling.
     
  12. Geologygirl

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    I dont think he is trying to be rude, I just think it is hard for him to let go. It is a teacher I highly respect and is a mentor to many people. I think after 31 years he is having trouble with letting go.
     
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    I'm sure it's hard but it's also common sense that you NEED THE ROOM!!!!
     
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    I got into my new room this week and found that the previous teacher left the cabinets full of junk. So I’ve spent nearly 4.5 hours just pulling out her junk and wiping down shelves. I’ve barely touched the surface of unpacking my own things and setting up the room. It’s just so rude leaving your junk for someone else to deal with. In my case, the teacher is still in the building, but she isn’t planning to get any of the stuff she left. So I’m going to be filling a lot of trash cans.
     
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    I would have emailed her and CCd administration asking her to kindly remove her junk. There's no excuse for that. I hate when my time is wasted because of other people.
     
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    I would love to do that, but I’m new to the building (not the district) and don’t want to get off on the wrong foot. I’m not happy about it, but I’d rather just deal with this unpleasant waste of time that I’ll soon forget than have a rough year of not getting along with her and anyone who she is friends with.
     
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    It is odd to me that this is even a problem, not solely for you but for others too. My school's checkout process requires someone from our office to sign you out at the end of the school year, and they check to ensure everything is clean before you leave for the summer.

    I agree that it's best to check with admin for what to do.
     
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    I just went to my new classroom this morning, and cleared out old stuff from the storage closet to make room for my stuff. I actually found a huge box labeled "absorbent underwear, size medium" in the storage room along with 3 huge bottles of cocoa butter lotion. All I can figure is that my room years ago was a special education room of some kind. I had a good laugh over it with the Assistant Principal.
     
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    I moved rooms and I am in the process of cleaning out years worth of junk - again. What I don't like is those who chide me for throwing things away. Seriously, what use does an old curriculum on transparencies have without a projector? I am not a spring chicken, but my curriculum should be. Don't even get me started on the amount of posters. I am surprised by how I am always getting compliments on how clean and organized my room is - but I guess the secret is letting fluff go.
     
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    I’m with you. Better to throw it away than to have it taking up space and never getting used. And it’s definitely better than leaving it for the next teacher who uses the room. If you didn’t want it, what makes you think someone else will? I like to assume goodwill, which is why I haven’t caused a fuss about it or emailed the principal. My assumption is that the teacher whose room I’m taking over left things cluttered in cabinets because she thought that I might want them or be able to put them to use, and she probably felt guilty throwing them away. So PSA to anyone who ever moves rooms or leaves teaching: No one else wants the junk that you didn’t want. At the very least, organize your junk before you leave so that it’s easy to go through.
     
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    The teacher across the hall retired at the end of last year. She spent much of the year slowly sorting through and purging stuff. Once she knew who would be moving into her room, she asked the incoming teacher what, if anything, she wanted. Everything else left the room. She took some things home, pitched a lot, and put a desk outside of her room with a sign "FREE" to put things on that she thought someone would be able to use. I can't imagine leaving a room full of stuff for someone else to move into.
     
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    When my friend left her classroom in our building she gave me a lot of her stuff and then put a LOT of stuff in the break room with a FREE sign on it. This was a few days before she left. Anything leftover after a few days she threw away. I got a lot of neat stuff from her but she was smart enough to realize some of the stuff was junk so she tossed it.
     
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    I filed an entire large trash can with items left from the previous teacher today. The custodians weren't thrilled, but I'm not sure what else I was supposed to do with it. I surely didn't want her things.
     
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    I spent 5 days, 4 of my summer break and 1 of preservice cleaning out the room. There were class sets of ditto copies, large black floppy disks, boxes of VHS tapes and 3 teachers worth of notebooks cirriculym and supplies going back to 1987....my school was built in the early 2000's... I only got to start putting my stuff up on day 5 and I still need to clean the teacher desk out, and move my office supplies in....I am half done hanging stuff on the wall.......if you retire please be considerate of who comes after you.....this has become beyond ridiculous....and school already started...
     
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    At my last school, I started two weeks into the year, which means I only had one weekend to get my room put together. The previous teacher had retired and left every cabinet full of junk. Old art supplies, typewriter paper, old curriculum. I didn't have time to clean it out right at the beginning, so I spent extra time for two years pitching things.

    I started at a new school this year. The classroom is pristine. Nothing in the cabinets except the relevant TEs. I have never been so relieved.
     
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    I hate when my time is wasted because of other people.
     
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    Me too. What the previous teacher did to the OP was absolutely ridiculous. Teachers have enough to do without having to clean up other people's messes.
     

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