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Organizing for the New Year

By Stacey Burt on December 15, 2009
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

 


As the end of the calendar year quickly approaches, here are some tips for starting off the new year neat and tidy. Closing the classroom for a couple weeks gives us the opportunity to get a handle on organization and really consider how we’d like to start off 2010.

 


As the end of the calendar year quickly approaches, here are some tips for starting off the new year neat and tidy. Closing the classroom for a couple weeks gives us the opportunity to get a handle on organization and really consider how we’d like to start off 2010.


The last few days before the holiday break can be a bit overwhelming. Putting in extra hours, planning for parties, and completing last-minute grading may not provide time for thinking about classroom organization.

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Over the years, I have compiled a very short list of items that make the transition into to the new year a bit more smooth. So here it is, a list of items (my top five) that if conquered now may help you feel more prepared for tackling all that the new year brings.

1. Purge any old assignments/projects: Send them home or “recycle” them. They’ve been graded, so its time for them to hit the road.

2. Consider new seating arrangements: This may seem like a no-brainer, but I always waited until the weekend before we returned to do this, why not do it while you have the students to assist you?

3. Re-organize the classroom library: Time to make sure that all borrowed books have been returned and are organized and ready for the students’ return in January.

4. Copy any daily-used forms: Make sure all the forms that use on a daily basis are copied and ready for the day of your return to school.

5. Students’ desks: I am sure you all do this, but just in case, have the students clean and organize their desks/lockers before leaving for the holiday break. They need that sense of organization as well.


So, there it is, my top five recommendations for organizing before the new year officially begins. Taking care of just these five items makes me feel like I have accomplished so much during this very exciting and hectic time of year. I really appreciate the fact that most of these items can be done with the help of my students (some of them LOVE to help clean and organize).


Here’s wishing you a joyful and blessed holiday season,

Stacey

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