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April 22, 2015 Word Workshop for End-of-Year Organization By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Make packing up and prepping for next school year a snap with Scholastic's new, easy-to-use tool, Word Workshop. Fellow blogger Genia Connell previously posted instructions and suggestions for using this great new tech tool. Keep reading to see how I plan to use Word Workshop for packing up my classroom, preparing for summer, and thinking ahead to try and make unpacking and setting up next fall as easy as possible!

     

    SUPPLY LABELS

    At the end of each school year, I always clean out supplies around the entire room. If leftover supplies can go home, be thrown out, recycled, or donated, I take care of that first thing. However, I am always left with a bunch of supplies that are never used, barely used, or like new. 

    This year, instead of scrambling around and throwing supplies into plastic baggies or empty boxes, I'll use Word Workshop to create simple labels that I will attach to supply boxes and/or plastic baggies for organized storage over the summer and INSTANT set up when I unpack in the fall. 

     

    PACKING BOXES

    Our building hosts summer school every year, which is great for the kids, but a HUGE pain for us teachers. Our rooms must be completely packed up by the end of the last day of school. Then our stacks of packed boxes are shuttled to various (often disorganized) storage locations in the school.  

    Frequently, boxes or loose items get lost and are never returned in the fall. This year I'm going to carefully pack items into boxes and use Word Workshop to create clearly marked "return to" labels to try to ensure safe return of all my items. Then, I'll attach a second label (see examples below) detailing the contents of each box for easy unpacking in the fall!

     

    SUMMER SCHOOL PREP AND COVER

     

    Another aspect of packing up for the summer that we have to go through at our school is covering our marker boards, bulletin boards, Promethean boards, cabinets, shelving, etc.

    For us, it's because summer school will be using our rooms and we need to cover and protect any surfaces we don't want used or potentially damaged. At past schools, I used the same surface covering technique in order to protect the fabric on my bulletin boards from being faded by the sun over the summer months. 

    I save my plastic tarps each year and reuse them, which saves tons of money. To make sure I can quickly cover my surfaces, I will use the Word Workshop tool to create labels describing the location of each tarp and stick that label directly on the tarp. Then, next year, I'll know exactly which tarp goes where in the room without playing the guessing game of trying to figure it out by size of the tarp!

     

     

    MOVING SCHOOLS

    Whether by choice or not, within a district, or across long distances, teachers are constantly displaced and moving to new locations. Moving can be difficult for many reasons, but the actual job of packing shouldn't be one of them. Take time to separate your personal materials from those belonging to your current school, new school, and others that must be returned to your district office.

    Once you have everything separated by destination, separate the materials by subject area and/or purpose. Once you have separated everything, pack them into boxes, tape shut securely, and label clearly using the Word Workshop tool. 

    See my example to the left, and remember to include your name, destination location, contents, and number of boxes. This will help make moving easier and hopefully ensure safe delivery of everything.

     

    MATH MANIPULATIVES

    In my post last week I shared several quick, easy ways to organize math manipulatives and centers. Before I pack up for the end of the year, I'll be using Word Workshop to create labels for each of my manipulatives containers, bags, and storage tubs. I'm always meaning to do so, but never seem to find the time. Using the Word Workshop tool will make it super easy for me this year. 

     

     

    ORGANIZATION DRAWERS

    In my post at the beginning of the year on organizational tips, tricks, and techniques, I sung the praises of these amazing plastic drawers. They can be used for SO many different purposes, and Word Workshop will make labeling all of your drawers a snap.

    Categories might include subjects for turn-in drawers, to-do tasks, or copies by day of the week. 

     

    STUDENT MAILBOXES

    Nearly every classroom has some type of mailbox system. I don't recommend attaching the Word Workshop labels directly to your mailboxes, because they will stick and leave residue behind for next year's use.

    My suggestion is to create your labels using Word Workshop, print and laminate, then cut and attach to the mailboxes using Velcro, tape, or other removable material.

     

    BOOK BIN / LIBRARY LABELS

    Getting and keeping my library organized is always one of the most frustrating aspects of setting up and putting things away each year. I can't wait to use Word Workshop to quickly create both book bin labels for use next year and book content labels for boxes as I pack up my library for summer storage.

     

    FAREWELL / WELCOME LETTERS

    At the beginning of each school year I create welcome letter kits and mail them to my students to get them excited for back-to-school. I also sometimes send farewell letters or mid-summer letters to former students. Plain labels or ones printed by the school work just fine, but it's so much more fun to have a cute label with colorful border and unique font. Word Workshop helps make that happen!

    For more instruction and inspiration on this great new tool from Scholastic, check out Genia Connell's post on Word Workshop and get started making your end-of-the-year labels today! Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

     

    Make packing up and prepping for next school year a snap with Scholastic's new, easy-to-use tool, Word Workshop. Fellow blogger Genia Connell previously posted instructions and suggestions for using this great new tech tool. Keep reading to see how I plan to use Word Workshop for packing up my classroom, preparing for summer, and thinking ahead to try and make unpacking and setting up next fall as easy as possible!

     

    SUPPLY LABELS

    At the end of each school year, I always clean out supplies around the entire room. If leftover supplies can go home, be thrown out, recycled, or donated, I take care of that first thing. However, I am always left with a bunch of supplies that are never used, barely used, or like new. 

    This year, instead of scrambling around and throwing supplies into plastic baggies or empty boxes, I'll use Word Workshop to create simple labels that I will attach to supply boxes and/or plastic baggies for organized storage over the summer and INSTANT set up when I unpack in the fall. 

     

    PACKING BOXES

    Our building hosts summer school every year, which is great for the kids, but a HUGE pain for us teachers. Our rooms must be completely packed up by the end of the last day of school. Then our stacks of packed boxes are shuttled to various (often disorganized) storage locations in the school.  

    Frequently, boxes or loose items get lost and are never returned in the fall. This year I'm going to carefully pack items into boxes and use Word Workshop to create clearly marked "return to" labels to try to ensure safe return of all my items. Then, I'll attach a second label (see examples below) detailing the contents of each box for easy unpacking in the fall!

     

    SUMMER SCHOOL PREP AND COVER

     

    Another aspect of packing up for the summer that we have to go through at our school is covering our marker boards, bulletin boards, Promethean boards, cabinets, shelving, etc.

    For us, it's because summer school will be using our rooms and we need to cover and protect any surfaces we don't want used or potentially damaged. At past schools, I used the same surface covering technique in order to protect the fabric on my bulletin boards from being faded by the sun over the summer months. 

    I save my plastic tarps each year and reuse them, which saves tons of money. To make sure I can quickly cover my surfaces, I will use the Word Workshop tool to create labels describing the location of each tarp and stick that label directly on the tarp. Then, next year, I'll know exactly which tarp goes where in the room without playing the guessing game of trying to figure it out by size of the tarp!

     

     

    MOVING SCHOOLS

    Whether by choice or not, within a district, or across long distances, teachers are constantly displaced and moving to new locations. Moving can be difficult for many reasons, but the actual job of packing shouldn't be one of them. Take time to separate your personal materials from those belonging to your current school, new school, and others that must be returned to your district office.

    Once you have everything separated by destination, separate the materials by subject area and/or purpose. Once you have separated everything, pack them into boxes, tape shut securely, and label clearly using the Word Workshop tool. 

    See my example to the left, and remember to include your name, destination location, contents, and number of boxes. This will help make moving easier and hopefully ensure safe delivery of everything.

     

    MATH MANIPULATIVES

    In my post last week I shared several quick, easy ways to organize math manipulatives and centers. Before I pack up for the end of the year, I'll be using Word Workshop to create labels for each of my manipulatives containers, bags, and storage tubs. I'm always meaning to do so, but never seem to find the time. Using the Word Workshop tool will make it super easy for me this year. 

     

     

    ORGANIZATION DRAWERS

    In my post at the beginning of the year on organizational tips, tricks, and techniques, I sung the praises of these amazing plastic drawers. They can be used for SO many different purposes, and Word Workshop will make labeling all of your drawers a snap.

    Categories might include subjects for turn-in drawers, to-do tasks, or copies by day of the week. 

     

    STUDENT MAILBOXES

    Nearly every classroom has some type of mailbox system. I don't recommend attaching the Word Workshop labels directly to your mailboxes, because they will stick and leave residue behind for next year's use.

    My suggestion is to create your labels using Word Workshop, print and laminate, then cut and attach to the mailboxes using Velcro, tape, or other removable material.

     

    BOOK BIN / LIBRARY LABELS

    Getting and keeping my library organized is always one of the most frustrating aspects of setting up and putting things away each year. I can't wait to use Word Workshop to quickly create both book bin labels for use next year and book content labels for boxes as I pack up my library for summer storage.

     

    FAREWELL / WELCOME LETTERS

    At the beginning of each school year I create welcome letter kits and mail them to my students to get them excited for back-to-school. I also sometimes send farewell letters or mid-summer letters to former students. Plain labels or ones printed by the school work just fine, but it's so much more fun to have a cute label with colorful border and unique font. Word Workshop helps make that happen!

    For more instruction and inspiration on this great new tool from Scholastic, check out Genia Connell's post on Word Workshop and get started making your end-of-the-year labels today! Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

     

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