We’ve finally made it!
The end of the year is fast approaching my friends, and that means it’s time to run out of the school into the bright light of summer. Almost. First, there is some organizing to do!
At the end of the year, we’re all tired and just want to get the heck out of dodge. I remember throwing stuff into drawers and closets so I could dump off my planbook in the office, have my paper signed by my administrator and leave for the joys of summer. The problem with that though, was that come August I would spend most of that month trying to find things for the start of the new year, ended up going into my classroom weeks before I needed to be back just to get my classroom ready and then felt drained after the first two weeks because I was playing catch up.
No more! Today’s free Friday gift to you is my end-of-year organizing guide. It’s a handy little checklist that will take you maybe 30-60 minutes to complete and save you HOURS at the beginning of the school year. My favorite part is the Starter Folder checklist, which contains lesson plans for the first two weeks, a picture of your room from right now so that you can remember all the cool ideas you had, bulletin board and theme ideas for next year and ideas from PD that you attend this summer. By compiling this Starter Folder as you end the year, you’re filing the great ideas you have now and setting yourself up for a much easier start to the school year later. To download this fantastic little document, just scroll beneath the picture and click “Download Organizer”. Happy Friday!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.