The picture on the left is my decorated door from Teacher Appreciation week. The PTO committee decorated everyone's door (sweet!) - let me tell you- that was a lot of work. The red blobs on my door are supposed to be a take off on the "music monsters" I used to use with 1st grades for behavior motivation. (Red pom poms with googly eyes hot-glued on). After 3 months of dealing with punched-in, falling-off googly eyes, I decided to defer to "Class Dojo," completely computerized with iPhone and iPad apps, and I haven't been disappointed. Plus, there is a printout and/or email option that I could utilize to show parents a "behavior breakdown" by percentage if I wanted or needed to.
But I digress...I have to have everything packed up by the day after the last day of school. Not because I'm moving, but because everything is moved out of the room, into the hallway during the summer to clean, and all my stuff has to be boxed or bagged up and labeled so that I don't lose anything. I'm kind of a pack rat, so that's a lot of stuff!