Sometimes when one school year ends or another is about to begin, the powers that be decide that you should have a change of venue. Whether it is do to renovations or restructuring, you must back up your entire classroom and move. This may seem like an arduous task, but with a few simple tips, it does not have to be as monumental as it seems.
Scope Out the New Space
The first item on your list should be to check out your new room. Before you do anything else, you should make a plan about where you want the various activities of your classroom to happen. Once you know what happens where, then you can determine where the necessary supplies for each of those activities should go. Having a plan for your class room before you start moving things will make the whole process a lot smoother. For an easier transition, put little signs to denote where each area will be.
Organization is Key
As a teacher, you are likely super-organized already. That works in your favor. You may still have to do some sorting and getting rid of things you will not need any more. Most of your stuff, however, is probably already pretty well organized. For the organizing that still needs to be done, just remember to try to keep like things together. Also, keep things organized by area as this will make packing easier.
Because you are such a great organizer, packing should be a breeze. Whatever is not already in a box or a tote should be able to transfer materials directly into boxes. Your next step is to label those boxes. For smaller totes, you may want to collect them into a larger box and then have larger boxes labeled with the area that they will be going to. For example, in the box labeled “Math Center” you might have a tote with math manipulatives, one with calculators and one with white boards and dry erase markers.
If you have kept things organized then the move should be no problem. You can enlist help to move your boxes. If you have posted signs around your new space and labeled each box, then moving should be a simple process for you and your helpers. Just remove boxes from the old room and place them in the correct area in the new room. This will make unpacking a snap, too.
If you are assigned to a new classroom, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of moving. It does not have to be daunting, however. Keeping things organized and enlisting a little help will make your move as easy as can be.