Yes! Yes! It’s the end of the school year and teachers, students, and even parents are excited for the “Summer Break!”  As a mom and former teacher I enjoyed this time of year, not just because it was the end of the school year or summer fun was so close and we got a much needed break.  Yes, my four boys needed a break, but this time of year was very satisfying for my type-A personality.  When I was teaching everyday, I used this time to properly close out the school year at home and at school.  Properly closing out would allow us to enjoy the summer and come back to school relaxed, refreshed and ready to go.  Parents and teachers all I have Is 5  “Helpful” tips to assist you with properly closing out the end of the school year.

  1. Time to Reflect

Yes, reflection is an important part of growth and at the end of the school year I always made time for reflection, nothing super-formal, but a very informal process about the year at school and home.   I keep my notes in a composition book “Reflection 2012”.   I would write about all the things I loved and hated about the school year.  What worked and what didn’t work.  I thought about all the new routines and activities I definitely want to do again and those that I’d rather forget.   This was a very important part of my end-of-the-year process.  It helped me to stay focused and develop a strong plan for the next school year.  Plus, if I waited to reflect, I forgot!

  1. Purge, Purge, Purge

Say it with me Purge, Purge, and Purge some more! I know as a teacher I had a little bit of hoarder in me and so do you.  Go through every closet, cabinet, filing cabinet, and shelf in your classroom and at home. Teachers, do your best to get rid of random bins you thought you would need, resources never used, files you have not touched all year and don’t forget your unnecessary files on your laptop.  Also, every year my boys were required to clean out their closets, notebooks, desk, and backpacks.  We keep their school books to use as review during the summer.  Trust me, when you finish you will feel like a weight has been lifted.  If you have a hard time throwing things away, get a “Clutter Companion” to hold you accountable for cleaning out.Organize Important Papers     

Do you have your papers organized in your file cabinet and your documents in folders on your laptop organized?  Well, you should!  Use the end of the year to empty out everything that won’t be relevant for next year and make your documents easy to find in folders.  Also, remember your teacher binder, yes, even in a tech world, a binder is important to your day to day life. This is the perfect time of the year to empty out everything that won’t be relevant for next year and make your Teacher Binder look like new again. Parents, we can help our kids understand organization and how it will help them in life by starting with their thoughts, their space, and items. Organized doesn’t just mean tidy. The purpose of organization is to be able to find, exchange, and evaluate items quickly. However, organization can also help us stay tidy by providing a quick, logical space for adding and removing things.

  1. Copy and Laminate

Ok, so it is all about preparing ahead of time. You know all those awful lines that form at the beginning of the school year outside the copy/laminate room?  You know, EVERY teacher needs to copy and/or laminate during that pre-planning week!  Not you, think about the papers you know you will need for the first week of school and get copies NOW.  Yes, this will take some pre-planning and thinking ahead, but it beats waiting in those lines or waiting forever to get your copies/laminating back. Not to mention, your school might limit the number of copies you can get each year.  This plan allows you to use this year’s copies for next year. SCORE!

  1. Inventory Your Supplies

How do you know what you need unless you already know what you have and since we have to purchase more than 90% of our school supplies, Do Your Inventory!  Your inventory list keeps you on or under budget and aware of your supplies you already. Knowing your inventory helps you to plan better for the upcoming year and shop for sales at ” Your Classroom.”

All You Need Is “5!”