The first day or so back in the classroom after a nice summer break can be overwhelming. From organizing to planning to simply remembering where you packed everything, the days can be long! We asked some of our Really Good Teachers what they do to make the start of the school year easier and this idea by Shelly, a 2nd Grade Teacher, from Parachute, CO was a huge hit. She said that in order to make the first few days a success, she creates a box of everything she needs when she’s packing up in May. Find out more below!
How to Make a First of the Year Start-Up Box
“As I’m closing up my classroom for the year, I create a ‘first of the year’ box that contains everything I want and need for those first few days,” Shelly explained. “This box is a lifesaver for me. In it I stash the following items:
- files folders
- name cards
- tongue depressors or craft sticks
- items for specific activities/games/assessments
- a couple of permanent markers
- index cards
- my stapler and extra staples
- an extension chord
- an extra phone charger (because I inevitably forget mine when I go in to get my room set up!)
- sticky notes
- and more!
The list goes on and on and changes every year as I change. I keep a list on my phone as I’m working those first few days of things I wish I had put in the box and then refer to it again in May. I also include a wish list of new purchases I want to make for the beginning of the year, so that I don’t forget anything.
It’s made setting up the classroom so much easier and I’m not running around a few days before I have to be back in the classroom to make sure I have everything. I know that it’s all right there in the box! Oh! I also make sure that the box is totally unique (and labeled!) so that I can recognize it in the sea of classroom boxes on that first day. Hope that helps!”
Do you have a trick for making the first few days of setting up your classroom easier? Share it below!