How To Clean Your Classroom at the End of the School Year

How To Clean Your Classroom at the End of the School Year


Looking for how to clean your classroom before summer break?

Finals are over, reports handed out. You promise to meet your coworkers for tea over summer break. You sigh and turn off you classroom light.

Before you leave for break, take some time (probably a few hours) and clean your classroom. You can make life easier in a few months by following this list now.

Ask Questions

Most secondary schools want final exams kept for at least one year. Other schools ask that you keep communications on file.

Before you begin cleaning, ask your mentor or administrator what you must store. Do it now; you won’t remember what and where papers are in two months.

Then…

Throw. Away. Papers. You. Do. Not. Need.

At one time, I kept extra copies of assignments – a file for each story, each writing lesson, etc.

I tried to use them again the following year. I wanted to cut back on waste and even though I had good intentions, I was driving myself batty:

  • I had to organize the extra copies.
  • I had to remember to get them back out the following year.
  • I had to count them and then make appropriate numbers of copies for the next class.
  • I had to refile if I printed a different assignment on the back or used less material.

This was lots of work, and in short, I now recycle. I suggest that you don’t create extra work for yourself. Toss extra copies of assignments and random papers.

Clean your classroom before you walk out the door for summer break! Here's a quick list of how to make your life easier for the fall.

Draw a Map

Is your room undergoing a deep cleaning – desks, rugs, bookshelves? If items will be moved, draw a quick map to help those who will move your stuff.

Make multiple copies of the map. Tape one to the desk, put one inside the desk, place one in the filing cabinet, and take another one with you.

Pack Boxes

Only once did I have to pack up my room, and it was when I got new carpet. If you need to pack boxes, label each one with your last name and tape it shut.

When I returned, I found all of my supplies! Happy teacher.

I have heard of stolen items though, especially if the items are not stored at your school. (Don’t be a sad teacher).

Take Down Wall Decor

Every school I’ve taught at turns the air off for the summer (I assume all do). I’ve left decor on the walls and returned to curled and yucky posters.

I (try) to start fresh every school year. This encourages me to decorate differently, to implement new ideas. Take posters down, remove the tape, lay them flat if possible.

Dusting/ Cleaning

How to clean your classroom… well, the least fun part… you probably need some dust rugs. (Sorry).

Wipe down general areas, knowing you’ll deep clean before students arrive.

Cleaning as the school year ends may seem like a drag when you want to sprint out the door for summer break. I get it.

Spend some time now to make the return to your classroom in a few months easier.

Experienced teachers: what would you say to new teachers? What advice would you give for how to clean your classroom?

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    Sarah

    I actually do less dusting and wiping down the last weeks of school because I know it will all be covered again in dust by August. I just figure no need to clean in order to do it again in August. I do love throwing papers away. I would love to get rid of another 2 drawer file cabinet this year.

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      lauraleemoss@gmail.com

      It’s true – you’ll have to clean again in August. One time I didn’t wipe my room down in May and when I returned, I had some sticky spots covered with dust. I hadn’t realized there was a mess, and then I had to clean stickiness covered in dust. Eww.

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