Post by iguanamamma on Aug 30, 2012 1:14:59 GMT -5
Yesterday I finally reached the bottom of the last file drawer. One of my aides told me thsy she was given the task of cleaning out the files last year. I did notice a sort of organization to some of the files. I bought some new manilla folders to put the things that I wanted to keep in some order. What really got to me was the great big Palmetto bugs and their bug crap. I had tons of binders and gave them to the math teacher who gave them to students who didn't have any school supplies. The room looks a lot better.
Post by missjeanclean on Sept 1, 2012 12:39:33 GMT -5
I hope the bugs were dead. The worst varmint problem I had was when custodians moved my desk and left the top drawer ajar. A mouse got in there, ate the menthol cough drops that were in a bag, and got diarrhea. Dried menthol-y trails all over the drawer, the desk, and on the floor.
Updates on my situation: 1. I talked to the building person who keeps the inventory and she discretely deleted those textbooks from the list. They will be checking inventory because of theft/embezzlement by people who previously worked in the district. (One's gone, one's deceased, and we're still punished for their crimes - typical!)
2. My colleague sorted, boxed, and purged so that the office is cleaner than it's been in 8 years! The funny thing was a standing fan that I thought was hers and she thought was mine. (It is similar to one that she had.) Turns out it's one that the custodians "borrowed" three summers ago and never returned the proper owner!
Everything comes to him that hustles while he waits. - Thomas Edison
I'm not a teacher but I work in an education setting. When I first started this job two years ago I inherited almost 30 years of hoarded 'stuff'.
In one of my offices I was working and cleaning there for over a month until I discovered that my office actually had a second door! It had been completely concealed by years of no one every throwing out things.
In the second office, it has taken me two years of consistent cleaning but I reduced the contents of 7 full 4 drawer filing cabinets down to just 2 filing cabinets. And there was a lot more junk in the actual office that I got rid of.
I agree with whoever said that there should be a show on classroom/school hoarding, it's just incredible how much stuff is saved, and finding a doorway that few people even knew existed just blew me away.
good luck with your cleaning up project!
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
Post by mellowyellow on Sept 1, 2012 18:39:53 GMT -5
This post inspired me to actually login and not just quietly skulk *lol*
Here's the problem.... We keep so much stuff because we never know if we will need it, or if we will teach a certain grade or subject in the future. I know because I've got tonnes of stuff accumulated in the garage, and lately I can't even get to it.
But here's the thing. This year, after packing my things and purging boxes and boxes of stuff from my old classroom... I moved to a new school which had nothing in my classroom. Nothing. Just a huge mound of projects and garbage from the last teacher, cobwebs and dirty old desks. No storage except for two small open shelves in the front. And lots of dirt and grime.
I spent several days with my 15 month old, bucket and soapy water in hand scrubbing the place down, then throwing away all the garbage. THEN.. and here's the important part, I resurrected some old books and supplies that I had been keeping forever... and I brought them to fill the totally empty room. Thank goodness I had the materials and items to use because I didn't get any things from the new admin and the orders won't go out again until October. Situations like this will make it difficult for me to purge in the future, in case I land at another school with such a bare classroom. And believe me, I'm regretting certain books and supplies that I left at the old school!!!