That time of year-#sol15

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At the end of the year, I always struggle when it’s time to pack up my classroom for summer cleaning.  It always takes me days to complete this task, no matter what I try to do to facilitate the process.  Things would probably progress a little faster and easier if I wasn’t such a packrat.  I hate to get rid of anything because I’m always afraid that later on, I’ll regret tossing something that I’d thrown out in a cleaning frenzy, even if it’s something I haven’t touched in years.

Realizing that it was time to get busy, I started going through my files to purge anything unnecessary.  I quickly filled up my recycling box, as well as a basket for things that need to be shredded.  I organized files to keep and tried to find a spot for them in my crammed-to-overflowing filing cabinets.  I came across running records from my first year of teaching and decided that it was time to toss them, especially since most of those kids are now high school graduates.  I found minutes from meetings held in 2004 and started humming “Let It Go.”

I also started going through my classroom library to determine what, if anything, needed to be culled.  I chose books to give away while trying to straighten up my guided reading and independent reading libraries.  Somehow, no matter how organized I try to be, copies of books for guided reading get mixed up with independent reading materials and vice versa.  Occasionally, I even find a stray library book months after the original due date.  Often, I come across a book that I’ve forgotten about, so I have to stop, sit down, and re-read it before it can be packed away for the summer.

As I look around at everything that has to be done in the next week, I realize that I’m not ready to say good-bye to the school year.  It’s been a good year with a lot of learning and progress with so much to celebrate.  Maybe I drag my feet when it’s time to pack up my classroom because the empty bookshelves and stack of totes are a visible reminder that the year is over.

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5 thoughts on “That time of year-#sol15

  1. Donna Smith

    That sounds like every year’s end for me, too! Retired now, I can’t say I miss that part…yet, maybe I do in a way. I still have a hard time parting with things that I used to save for teaching aids…egg cartons, yogurt cartons, buttons…Let It Go! A good tune to hum for those packing days!

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  2. elsie

    I totally relate to this scenario. Running records of students long ago, yes, let them go. You will be glad when school starts again that you took the time to purge a few items. Enjoy those books in your last few days. 🙂

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  3. Adrienne

    I just found out I will be changing buildings. This is my choice. I tried to get a middle school language arts job for 2 years and it has finally happened. I have begin the deep clean that the move dictates. We still have three weeks of school, but there is a lot to pack!

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