5 Things To Do Before You Run Out of the Classroom - History Gal

5 Things To Do Before You Run Out of the Classroom

I don't know about you, but it's hard to escape the call of summer. It calls to me throughout the months of May and June. By the time teacher workdays arrive at the end of the school year, I'm bursting with a desire to quickly throw files and classroom decorations haphazardly into boxes and run out of the door. I don't even want to THINK about the fall and a new school year. However, I've discovered that if I make the last few workdays productive, my new year gets off to a much better start.

1. Purge
Go through everything before you put it away for the summer. Throw away, give away, or recycle classroom decorations, posters, bulletin board paper, etc. that you no longer want to use. Keep only one paper copy of each assignment, handout, and test that you think you might use next year. Recycle the rest. Pester students until they've picked up old projects still hanging around your classroom. The more you deal with now, the less you'll have to go through in the fall when you are juggling meetings while trying to get everything ready for a new school year.

2. Download
Buy a flash drive and download all of your files from your school computer and server. Servers are not infallible and there's nothing worse that arriving in the fall and finding out that everything you left on the server (and its back-up) has disappeared.

3.  Copy
Are you one of the lucky teachers who knows exactly what classes you'll be teaching in the fall? Well, now is a great time to make copies of all those handouts you'll need for the first few days of class. At the end of the school year, the copiers are usually line free, unlike those workdays right before school starts!

Not sure what classes you'll be teaching? Look through your files and see if there's anything you can copy ahead of time. For example, many of my first day activities can be used in a variety of classes so even if I'm not sure whether I'll have 2 sections of World History and 1 section of U.S. History or 3 sections of all World History, I can make 3 sets of my first day activities because I know I'll be using 3 sets no matter what.

4. Focus
Pick one school related project you'd like to complete over the summer. That's it. You need to rest, relax, spend time with your family, and do things you enjoy that are not teaching related. You want to come back in the fall re-energized for the new school year, not exhausted and tired.

5. Unplug
Put a vacation message on your school email account and voice mail. Resolve to only check them a few times over break.

Now, you are ready to run out of the door and embrace all that summer has to offer!

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  1. Great advice, Andrea. I wish I had read this before my post-planning! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great tips Andrea! Thanks for reminding me of the things I need to do:)

  3. Love it. I'm a total PURGER!! All the others are great new things to think of for me. Thanks so much for the ideas!

  4. These are great ideas Andrea, especially the download one. I had never thought to do that, but you are so right about the school computers and servers. Putting that on my to-do list.


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