My non-teacher friends are keeping a countdown on my behalf until the last day of school. While the end of the school year simply means revelry and relaxation for non-teachers, it's actually one of the most stressful times of the year for me! Not only do I have the emotional trauma of saying goodbye to my 27 favorite young people, I also need to pack up an entire year's worth of materials and memories. And it's not as if we have extra time for cleaning and packing; in my district, the students attend class until the very last day, at which point our rooms must be summer-ready. So, right now I'm juggling teaching, managing antsy students with spring fever, and trying to pack up my classroom in a sensible manner that will leave me organized for a smooth start in the fall. Aaaaah!
While packing and cleaning is not my expertise, many of my colleagues make it look (relatively) easy. So, I turned to them for their wise words of advice, which I'm excited to share with your here in this video. From easy student portfolios to using Goo Gone to tackle stuck-on labels, their tips are already making my life easier and calmer — I hope they are helpful for you too!
Please share your end-of-year packing tips in the comments below. I'd love to hear all of your ideas (no tip is too small, I promise!) and I'm sure other people would love to hear them too!