This afternoon I was reminded of days past when I was but a novice teacher. As I prepared for my state exams by removing material from my walls I thought back to my first year teaching when someone told me that I should staple all my decorations to the wall, preferably on a black line of the poster so that when I removed the staple, the holes wouldn't show as much.
I took their advice and stapled EVERYTHING but GOOD! Nothing was coming off those walls - ever. Well, my helpful sage forgot to tell me that everything needs to come off the wall at the END OF EVERY YEAR - I had no idea. I thought my room, my problem. Nope. I also quickly learned that "my room" isn't really how it works. It's really like "my 5 plastic totes of treasures" that are moved from room to room pretty much on a yearly basis.
My wonderful mentor also forgot to tell me about testing week and how we either had to
1) remove any materials from the wall that students could use a reference, or
2) cover every surface with butcher paper.
Neither option sounded great to me, but I opted to remove the items from my wall. As I was getting ready to staple everything back to the walls (we still have 2 months left in school after the state tests), I was grumbling about the extra work when a colleague told me he used clear push pins and found them to be much easier. I tried them and it was easy enough to install, the push pins didn't get in the way of the poster and I tell you, taking down the items on my walls is a breeze.
Today I spent a total of maybe 30 minutes removing all the work we've completed through the year; all the anchor charts and student sample work. All the purchased posters from Lakeshore and TpT and I will easily be able to put them back up and the end of the week. Easy peasy.
I hope this helps!
Classroom Teacher Doctor of Education
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