Today I began packing up my rooms. In one building, I'm switching rooms so I started moving things into my new room. There is an unbelievable amount of work involved with switching rooms. On top of that, there was a lot of stuff I should have done before students left (if I had known about them before now!).
1. If you have students who are moving to the middle school, contact all of the middle school special education teachers and see what information they want (IEPs, Behavior plans, sample work...). You don't need most of that stuff the last few weeks of school. Gather it up and send it out early!
2. Write your progress notes/report cards early. You don't want to do it the last week of school and lets face it, the students aren't learning much the last few weeks anyways.
3. Start a shred pile/box. Let the classroom teachers know that any confidential papers they don't want, they can throw in the box (at my school we are responsible for teachers IEPs).
4. Go through your filing cabinet. Hand back any work you want your students to take home. Recycle any papers that you don't need anymore. I sent a bunch of paper home with students as scrap paper. The kids don't care if there is stuff written on the other side. Just make sure you don't send another students work home as scrap paper.
5. Organize your desk/shelves. Pick a day and have your students help you. They LOVE to help and you have 25-40 helpers! Once they leave, you are on your own. Have students return books and materials you borrowed from other teachers. They can take inter-office envelopes down to the office. It will save you a lot of running around the building.
6. Find out what materials you need to keep on each student. I needed to keep draft IEPs for next year, WIAT tests, final progress notes, Running Records, and a few work samples that show their ability.
7. Go through your plan book and make sure it looks decent. We have to turn our plan books in to the principal and you don't want to try to re-write lessons the last day of school.
If your desk, filing cabinet, and bookshelves are organized and cleaned out before the students leave, packing up is just a matter of boxing books and turning in your keys and planbook.