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Old 07-20-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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I know I have been posting many questions and appreciate everyone’s replies. Here is my last one for awhile. As I unpacked my things for my classroom....moving Title 1 back to the classroom, I feel like I have too much!

When I left the classroom last year I purged and had a giveaway day with ten tables worth of books, games, and all sort of supplies things i had not used for awhile. It felt great to give them to others who would use them. I thought it would be a snap to unpack, but now I am questioning if should I purge more. I want a more streamlined approach because I feel like my things are managing me. It doesn’t helped that I inherited a room with a gazillion teaching binders from previous teachers. I usually store my plan digitally so I’ve ousted the ones I will not need for curriculum.


Anyway, I have taught for about 10 years and accumulated a lot from thrift stores, retirees, and other sources. How do you decide what to eliminate? Just feeling like I need less clutter and to keep only the things that count and will work.


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Old 07-20-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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When I moved from the classroom to reading specialist, I took home a bunch of stuff I didn’t think I’d use or want. Over that first year I did go in to the garage for a few specific things, but 95% of it I didn’t think about. That’s the stuff I got rid of. It was weird though because even though it was materials and storage stuff I didn’t want, it was still hard to get rid of it!
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:17 AM
 
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Maybe you could give it to PrimaryTeach8. Too soon??
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:35 AM
 
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Bahaha- PrimaryTeach 😂

I’d give away the things that the previous teacher left. I’ve found, when I inherit a room, I don’t touch anything that was left in there (mostly because I never had time to truly go through it all). I’m sure there’s a newer teacher that could benefit from the resources!
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:50 AM
 
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After watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, I got rid of a lot of stuff this year lol. If I hadn't used it the previous year or two, there was no reason to hold on to it any longer. That's probably the best place to start. Take everything off the shelf or out of the drawer and honestly ask yourself what are the chances of using it.

I gave away things I knew people would want, put things on the give-away table in the staff room, and tossed the rest. Don't feel bad about throwing stuff away, especially if it was left for you. I inherited a room, and I tossed everything that was left. Sometimes you just need to start with a blank slate to really assess what you want to do.


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Piggybacking off of this post instead of posting a new thread...


I am working on inventorying my class library through Book Retriever (awesome site). However, I am moving back down to sixth grade after moving to middle school last year, and am having a hard time deciding what books to part with...


I will be teaching 6th grade reading (the remedial/regulars kids that are mostly below level) and 7th/8th Journalism. I taught 7th honors and regulars last year, so stored a ton of my books since they were from when I taught 3rd/4th in previous years. Now I'm trying to truly go through them all and not have buckets of books in our garage! But HOW do you really choose which ones to get rid of?! The struggle is real!
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😂😂😂 You are hilarious!
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:18 PM
 
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When I moved into my current position, I tossed everything that was a for sure I don't need. Then each year, I go through a process of eliminating even more stuff.

For things that I did not use the previous year, I ask myself:

Can this be digital? If yes, I scan it, recreate it, or take a photo of it and get rid of the physical item.

Can I recreate this easily? If yes, I take notes on how to do so, store the notes digitally, and get rid of the item.

Can I replace this easily/inexpensively? If yes, I get rid of the item.

For things that do not fit in those three categories, I put them back in storage. If I do not use the item a second year, I get rid of it unless I have a compelling reason not to.

If I don't use the item a third year, I get rid of it no matter what. Even if I want to use it, clearly I am not using it, and having it cluttering my space only clutters my mind, preventing me from being the most efficient teacher I can be. Without more efficiency, I won't get around to using that item anyway, so I might as well get rid of it.

If any of these useless items are school property, I find a storage closet that they belong to, pass them on to a different teacher, or make the case to admin why I should be allowed to throw them away.
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