I've been looking at Pinterest on ideas to help organize the packing-up process. I like leaving school knowing that things are cleaned and organized and I'm not returning to a mess in August. These are somethings that I always do each year.
- Organize filing cabinet
- Clean out files
- Throw stuff away!!!!!
- Finalize Data Notebook
- Clean/Organize Desk
- Update computer files.
I love leaving school with my binders organized! This usually takes a half-day (usually I do this on the Saturday before school gets out), but it is totally worth it. I try really hard to file everything on Friday before I go, but the last weeks of school have so many priorities, this doesn't always happen.
Since I keep a binder system, I also keep the same system electronically. My files are all in folders that match the same title as my binders! I love it :) That's the last thing I do before I leave. Sometimes my electronic life gets a little out of control and things just end up in Downloads or on the Desktop (so I don't loose them).This is my favorite way to organize anchor charts at the end of the year! Thanks to Teaching With a Mountain View for the great idea!
Here are some of my favorite packing ideas from great bloggers.
Conversations in Literacy has a great packing up post with lots of idea! You can tell we think alike in terms of throwing stuff out! She also discusses having a classroom map done before you leave!
True Life I'm a Teacher has a great freebie to keep you organized!
Here is a link to my classroom packing Pinterest Board where there are ideas on packing, organizing, and even possible ideas for organizing files next school year.