At the end of the year some of us may find ourselves packing up our room. Maybe you're preparing to change classrooms (I know I am!) In my nine years of teaching I have taught in ten rooms and a cart. These are some things that I normally do that make this process easier.
Measure the new space. I measure the room, the desks and empty wall
space. I make a blueprint for each room. This is not to be confused with
a seating chart (which I also do). This is for me so that if I am
wondering if that free bookshelf someone wants to get rid of will fit in
my room, I can figure it out. I also keep photos of each room in my
laptop or smartphone. I also shoot a video from the center while
2. Inventory the new room. Be sure to find
out if anything is going with the old teacher or has been promised to
someone else. Consider all wall space. What can be hung, mounted on the
3. Be open to moving desks around. I know
some people don't like to move the kids once the year starts and I am
not one of those people. They are in the space for 40 minutes. I am
there for 40+ hours per week. It has to work for everyone.
Plan storage for Wet and 3D items before setting up student desks. Room
flow and easy access to sinks make for better clean up and happier
5. Label things as you unpack. It's
frustrating to open 10 cabinets looking for a glue gun. Even if it's
just painter's tape until you can make something pretty. I label my
sinks (Sink 1, 2 and 3 or Sink A, B & C). Students are divided and
informed of their sink assignment during first class where a sink is
needed. Yes. Even with high school kids.
6. Use the change of room as a reason to
purge. You know all the people who send kids to your classroom for a
paintbrush, some colored pencils or other art tools? As you're weeding
things out, make a curb alert pile outside your room. Even when I'm not
changing rooms I've done this. People DO want your sloppy brush and your
tiny nub of a colored pencil. I send a notice to the entire building
and most of my "junk" is gone in less than 30 minutes and I didn't have to move it.