There is no tired like end of the year teacher tired! You are so ready for summer break, and so are the kids. But don’t stress, I’m here to give you two of my favorite organizational tips on how to end the school year ORGANIZED so you can enjoy more of your summer vacation without the back to school stress taking over!
Tip #1: Give Your Students Jobs
So my students LOVE helping. I think most kids really like to feel like they are special helpers. What better way to channel that positive energy than to give students special end of the year jobs. The day before our last day together, I have a list of must dos that get checked off and completed. For example, students help me file any papers that need to go home before summer break, check to make sure all my pens are working, check glue sticks to make sure none of them are dried out or missing caps, etc. The list is long, but they are super eager to help out. Below are some of my must dos you can have your kids help with too.
- sharpen pencils
- check/test dry erase markers
- check/test flair pens
- organize student library by book genre/level
- clean math manipulatives with a wet wipe
- clean white boards
- organize construction paper by color
- clean tables/desks with a wet wipe (inside and out)
- take any tape off of desks
- wipe down caddies or bins
- repair torn or damaged books
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Tip #2: Prep BTS Materials
You might think I’m crazy telling you to prep back to school stuff in May or June, but hear me out! I like to prep some of the basic BTS documents I hand out at BTSN or first week of school paper for parents. That way, I’m not worried about forgetting to send something really important home. It’s already prepped and ready to be distributed. Believe me, your future stressed-out self will thank you when you return in the fall. :)
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Those are just a few tasks that can save you TONS of time this summer. That way when you return to school for the following year, you won’t sweat the small stuff! It’ll all be done for you. YAY!
Do you have any great end of the year tips for me? I’d love to hear all about them. Just comment below and let me know!