Let’s face it; even the most devoted of teachers look forward to summer break. However, one daunting task that can put a damper on an impending break from teaching is that of cleaning out and prepping your classroom for break. Here are five simple, yet effective steps you can follow to prepare your classroom for summer and make your return in the fall go as smoothly as possible.
5 Steps to Prep Your Classroom for the Summer
Prepping for summer break requires a lot of time and effort, but if the small things on this list are accomplished, the reward is a more seamless return during the hustle and bustle of back to school. Try one or all of these tips and give yourself a pat on the back as you head out the school doors this summer.
Take Inventory for Next Year
This is a great opportunity to take inventory of your classroom supplies, especially since you’ll be packing most of them up anyway. As you pack things up, make note of any supplies that you’re running low on so you can replenish them before the start of the next school year. We recommend keeping an electronic inventory list on your phone, tablet, or computer so you can keep track of it easily.
Store Technology Safely
If your classroom has technology items, such as tablets, projectors, or other equipment, you’ll want to take the time to ensure they’re properly stored for summer break. This means powering down all electronic devices and covering up computers with trash bags. This will help to keep dust and debris out of them and improve their performance in the following school year.
Get Rid of Clutter
As a teacher, you’ve probably noticed how easy it is for clutter to accumulate in your classroom. The end of the school year is an ideal time to purge your supplies of things you don’t need, such as duplicates of books or other supplies that you simply haven’t touched in years. Before you throw away any supplies, however, consider whether or not another teacher may be able to use them. Place any unwanted items in a box and leave them in the teacher’s lounge; you might be surprised at how quickly some items will be snatched up by other teachers.
Leave a Note for Custodians
More than likely, custodial staff will be storing your classroom furniture during summer break, and the last thing you want is to have to spend your first day back rearranging furniture in your classroom. Consider leaving a kind note to your school’s custodial staff, along with a picture of the way you had your room arranged, so that they know how to set it back up for the next school year.
Pack an “Essentials” Box
Make your first days back in the classroom easy and stress-free by packing an “essentials” box that contains all the basic supplies you need for a few days’ worth of teaching. This way, even if you don’t have time to unpack and organize your entire classroom right away, you’ll be ready for the first day of classes.
More End of the Year Pack-Up Tips and Ideas
If you are looking for more inspiration and creative ideas to end the year on a tidy note, check out our other tips and tricks for spring cleaning and the end of the school year.