Dallas TPT Meet Up Recap

I had the best time today at the Dallas TPT Meet Up! If you ever get a chance to go to a TPT Event, DO IT! TPT knows how to throw a party!

It's always so much fun to see old friends and make some new ones!

For those of you who weren't able to make it, I wanted to give you a quick recap and share a few of the things with you too!I presented on Getting Ahead of the Game: How to Start and End Your School Year Ahead! I wanted to give you some tips on things to do in May, that will help come August! This post does contain affiliate links.

First things first, we have to wrap up this school year! I like to send my students off with a little gift to remember our year together! 

I decided that memories really are the best gift you can give! I love giving these special personalized photo albums to each student. 

Read more about them HERE. 

Another easy idea is to make an end of the year slide show! You can show it at an end of the year event or make a copy for each student using these.

If you want to make your life really easy, check out this editable slideshow! Just add pictures of your students! 

I just use a clip and put this list in my planner! Every time I think of something I need to buy, make or do; I can easily jot it down! Grab it FREE HERE! 

After you decide what you need to shop for, think about which of those items you could ask parents for and which ones you can stock up on during summer sales. 

I use this display at Meet the Teacher to share my wish list with parents.

Don't forget to keep track of your spending too! 

 Use this spending log to keep track of it all! Don't forget to hang on to your receipts just in case you need them or need to return something. Grab it FREE HERE.

What little things can you do to make your work load lighter in August? Here are a few suggestions:
  • Sharpen pencils, or recruit students to help!
  • Clean out files and do what you can to store things digitally! See below!
  • If you don't use something, say goodbye! Check on Facebook for Teacher Swap groups and sell or donate what isn't being used in your classroom.
  • Repair or throw away torn up books.
  • Throw away any dried up glue, paint, markers, etc. 
  • Make any new labels that are needed. 
  • Shred any confidential documents.

There is never enough storage space and the only real solution is to cut down on the stuff that needs storing! (Unstuffed is a must read!) One easy way to do this is to get rid of all the unnecessary paper and store what you can digitally. Here are a few apps (and websites) to get you started!

What can YOU do to get ahead? 

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