How do you end the semester at school?
Me? I take the chance to really clean up. My room collects dust like you wouldn’t believe, so the dust monsters are the first thing I attack. My routine includes the following:
- Thoroughly clean the computers. Open the cases and remove dust, shake out keyboards, wipe down monitors and mice.
- Organize cabling in the computer lab (aka, my classroom). During the semester, I’ve run new cables but not secured them, cables have come undone, and so on.
- Clean off my bookshelf and re-evaluate its contents. Books I’m not using the next semester are put away.
- Remove everything from the bulletin board and plan a new display for the first part of next semester.
- Archive and delete files from the fileserver. You’d be amazed what cruft builds up on my shared server space in the course of a semester.
I enlist students to help with most of this. Especially opening computers and removing dust. The geekier types love this job!
What Will I Do With My Bulletin Board?
The board is empty, save for a background and border. How will I use it next semester? How can I keep it meaningful, current, & attractive? The brain is stormin’!
Wow! I think I will probably only go this far at the end of the year! Since the whole school uses my lab I have created bulletin boards with Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing as titles and I rotate the content depending on projects that the kids are doing. I have one called Teachers where I post upcoming conferences and things and one called Projects that right now has lots of articles about the XO laptop that I just got! Our janitor dusts once a week and we don’t use the chalk board at all, so it doesn’t seem as dusty as most classrooms…. but I might be surprised if I looked closer!
Yeah, Janice, this does look more like an end of year list. However, even without a chalkboard (we’re whiteboards only), my computers seem to suck in the dust. Cleaning them out is a great post-exam activity for my high school students — they get to feel geeky and I get to feel like I’m starting the new semester fresh.
I think I need to figure out how to get more student work up on the board. We print very little of our work, so I need to think that one through.
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