Today we are going to start addressing the areas of the classroom that looked so great on the first day of school, but have started to look a bit tattered and torn as the year has progressed.
Set your timer for 15-20 minutes.
Grab a piece of paper and something to write with and have a seat in the middle of your classroom. Divide your paper into three columns and label them as: Repair / Replace / Gather.
Just like on days 1 and 2 we are going to start in one corner of the room. The difference is that today you are going to travel visually around your room instead of physically. As you look around your room identify items that could use a little TLC. Be on the lookout for:
- torn or damaged bulletin board trims
- crooked posters and signs
- outdated items (i.e. holiday and seasonal displays)
- anchor charts for concepts that have been mastered
- things that have faded with sunlight or classroom lighting
If you still have time you can remove the items that you plan to take down or take care of quick fixes (i.e. restaple a falling item or straighten a crooked poster).
Otherwise tuck your paper into your purse and head out the door (TGIF after all). Plan to gather anything you need to make your repairs or replace worn items on Monday while you are out running errands this weekend.
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