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I might retire ... about 98% sure. If I do, I don't have a lot to take care of when I leave. Earlier this year, I started tossing stuff from my filing cabinet and my cupboards. When COVID talks about cancelling school started, I really did a lot to get my room ready so that I wouldn't have to do a summer shutdown.

Question #1: I have a lot of plastic boxes for storing items like tape and glue sticks and other supplies. The supplies were purchased by the school, but I paid for the boxes. I could really use the boxes for my crafting supplies at home. Is it okay to take them for myself?

Question #2: Should I leave my lesson plans for the next teacher? I am a related arts teacher, and most of my plans are old and I don't follow them to a T. After all, I've been doing it for almost 20 years! They are still neatly filed in the cabinet by grade level and then by the sequence for the year. I know that it would be a help for a newbie, but he/she might want to do their own thing.


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Good morning to all-

IMHO:

1. Take the boxes
2. Leave the Plans

You paid for the storage boxes- they're yours. Neatly pile the supplies on a shelf and let the new person deal with it all.

The plans worked for you, and they MIGHT work for some one else. They will be a place to start for the new person.

And then I would walk out the door and into a whole new world.

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1. You paid for the containers, so keep them.

2. Will you need proof of your planning later? If so, keep those too.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:23 AM
 
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Keep the containers. You bought em; they’re yours.

Just leave bare bones plans. I left a binder for each course, with a syllabus in front, and a section for each unit. One copy of any materials that are not in the text or easily found on line...worksheets, review sheets, tests, etc. in chronological order. That’s it. The less you leave, the more likely your successor will bother to look at it.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:48 AM
 
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1. Take the boxes.
2. Don't worry about lesson plans. You are not providing for a sub. A new teacher will use the standards and plan.

Congrats, if you do retire. Is the deadline July 10?


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Old 06-29-2020, 10:16 AM
 
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Keep the boxes.

If the lesson plans are old and relatively useless, toss them.
If they might still be somewhat viable, leave them, with a short note saying “this gives you an idea of how I taught. Feel free to pitch them.”
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Definitely take your storage containers. You paid for them. I took mine, and only left things like the smaller book and magazine bins. I had no use for those at home.

As for the lesson plans, if you meet the new hire, you could ask them. Have the standards or the curriculum changed in the last 20 years and/or are they formatted the way they are required now? My experience is that most new teachers do their thing or follow an assigned mentor. I would consider leaving the first month or procedures for now you start school and ditch the rest.

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Old 06-29-2020, 11:41 AM
 
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Keep your boxes they will come in handy at home.
Leave last year's plans and get rid of the rest
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:25 PM
 
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Keep your boxes. You might put the supplies in large baggies.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:03 PM
 
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1. Keep your boxes if you can use them. I’d leave the supplies in grocery bags.

2. I’d toss the plans. School is going to look very different next year.


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Old 06-29-2020, 01:22 PM
 
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Keep the boxes if you have a place for them. They are yours.

Share the plans, but leave the new teacher a note saying it’s ok for her/him to toss. As a new teacher, I would have liked to read them, maybe get some old ideas that still worked. I kept materials from the “beloved” teacher that retired because she left them. Glad I did, because a year later, she wanted them back for her tutoring.

My own plans were digital on our school planner and were updated every year. I asked the IT person to give my replacement access to them.

Whatever you decide, it’s OKAY! Leave and don’t look back. Best of luck!
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:43 PM
 
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I agree, you paid the boxes are yours.
I know I appreciated the lesson plans left for me. I used them as a reference and would use parts of them.

Enjoy your retirement, you earned it
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Old 07-05-2020, 09:03 PM
 
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Take the boxes. They belong to you.

Take your plans. Nobody wants your stuff.
Sorry but that is something we just need to accept.
I think we have all moved into classrooms were the previous teacher left filled filing cabinets, cupboards and drawers. It is really hard to toss things that worked for us and/or we spent time creating but do it we must.
The incoming teacher deserves to start with a cleared out classroom.
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