I've taught in a few schools in a few different states (thanks Marine Corps!). One thing I've noticed is that some teacher are HOARDERS!! Oh man, do some teachers like to hold onto things for a long, long time.
I was just offered a 2nd grade SPED resource position, so I'm back full time again. There might be only a few months left in the year, but I can't stand a cluttered classroom. I've been slowly going through things and throwing junk away. I'm pretty sure the custodian hates me already!
So far I've found some interesting things.
This play dough with MOLD on it might be the most surprising thing yet! Yikes! How long does it take for play dough to grow mold? Scary!
A rice cooker and a toaster oven is something you don't see in a classroom everyday.
This blast from the past that I found last year was pretty awesome though! Man, I loved He-Man as a kid! Too bad there wasn't a SheRa book though.
I also found some pretty outdated curriculum. Do we need to keep work books that are almost 20 years old?
And oh man the worksheets. Tons and tons and tons of worksheets. I'm sure there was good intent to use these worksheets, but it just didn't work out. Please, recycle that paper! And I have one word of advice to leaving, transferring, retiring teachers. Throw the worksheets away. I know you mean well but most teachers don't have time to dig through old worksheets and see what's useable. Most of us will find our own thing that fits our teaching style anyway.
If you think you might be a teacher hoarder, look around your room and think about what you can throw away or donate. I've only made a small dent in cleaning out my new room, but I will get it done! I don't know if I should be scared or excited about the possible finds that are lurking in my 4 floor-to-ceiling cabinets!