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Episode 87: 3 End-of-the-Year Organizational Tips for Special Educators

As we are wrapping up yet another school year, I know better than anyone how easy and how tempting it is to just want to be done. 

There is so much going on at the end of a school year…field days, parties, assemblies, yearbook signings, finishing up reports and paperwork and you get to the point that you are exhausted and ready to pack up and head out.

But think about this instead...

Yourself in 3 months will either love you or hate you based on what you do in your classroom right now. 

Today’s episode is all about 3 end of the year organizational tips that help special educators close down their classrooms while setting themselves up to have a great start of a school year in the process.

1. So the first thing you should do is to purge. As special educators we often get hand me downs of curriculum or materials that others don’t want anymore. Or we might latch onto things that we swear we’ll turn into a center or a task box but never do. We have the best of intentions but we also have crazy busy school years and all those treasures we felt we just had to have at the time just sit in a closet or on a shelf collecting dust.

If you haven’t used something in the last 2 years, I would bet money that you won’t ever use it.  It’s just like getting ready for a garage sale…if you haven’t worn something in the last year or 2…get rid of it!

2. The next thing to do to prepare for the end of the school year is to put things back where they go. Not only do you want to make sure your paperwork is filed where it needs to go, you also need to take time to put materials, games, centers, task boxes, books, etc. back where they go. I am so bad about getting an activity out…say a set of task cards and then instead of putting them back where I found them, I just toss them onto a bookshelf when I’m done with them. This habit just seems to keep compounding and pretty soon, the shelves are overflowing. So at the end of the year, I make myself go back through those things and put them back where they should be stored.

3. And the last thing I do for a school year is to prep for next school year. Now I know this might sound a little silly but I promise you, yourself in 3 months will either love you or hate you based on what you do in your classroom right now. This is my biggest piece of advice for closing out the school year and it may sound like something that would be better to wait and do once a new school year starts, but if you get yourself organized now and have a good idea of the things you will need to do as soon as school starts in the fall, the better off you’ll be.

Listen in to the full episode to learn HOW to take these 3 steps.

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