Preparing for a New School Year

I’ve been hard at work in my new classroom.  After teaching 7th grade for 23 years, I’m moving to 6th grade which requires a room change.  Switching classrooms is very similar to moving from one house to another.  At the end of the school year, I packed my things in preparation for the move.  The move was made a bit more challenging as the teacher who was in my new room last year did not clean out the drawers or cabinets when she left.  I spent a day cleaning out cabinets and drawers, scrubbing everything down, and then had to sort through the goodies left for me.  There was quite a bit of trash but also supplies that I will need for the coming school year.

Plastic bags, tissues, pens, and hand sanitizer are in constant use in a classroom.  I’m thankful that I won’t have to worry about purchasing any of these this year.  All of this was left behind by the previous teacher!

Supplies Left in My Room

My New Classroom

The boxes are unpacked and my things are put away.  I’ve started decorating and hope to finish soon.  It’s a load off of my mind to get this much accomplished before the start of school.  I’ll go back another day to do more decorating.

MMS Room


Great Clips wants to make back to school easier for parents and they want to help teachers.


Win Your Child’s Back to School Supply List!

I’ve seen supply lists in local stores for a few weeks now.  Many parents like to shop early while things are in stock and inexpensive.  I usually stock up for my room this time of year, too.  Later on, school supplies are much more expensive.

You can win your child’s back-to-school supply list from Great Clips. Simply upload the supply list and enter your information.  Every day, one lucky winner will get their school supplies bought and shipped to their front door for free! .


Classroom Makeovers

Watch the video of two classroom makeovers to see how Great Clips fulfilled two teachers’ lists.  After seeing the video, I feel lucky to have a classroom stocked with most of the supplies that I need to teach.  Many teachers aren’t so fortunate.


Back to School Haircuts

Many Great Clips salons are offering special back-to-school haircut prices.  When you upload your school supply list entering the #GREATLIST contest, you’ll receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon.

To save time, get the online Check-In app – This service lets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon.Many Great Clips salons are offering back-to-school pricing for haircuts! Please visit your local salon for pricing details.


Adopt a Classroom

With every download of the Check-In app, Great Clips will contribute to Adopt A Classroom to help continue to support teachers and students.


More of My Classroom

I am so lucky to have all of this storage space in my room.  I’ll decorate the cabinet doors and the wall under the cabinets to make these areas visually stimulating for my students.

MMS Classroom

Have you started getting ready for back to school?  It’s already here in some areas.


Thanks to Great Clips for sponsoring this post.


  1. I think my blood pressure spiked when I read about your classroom/grade level move! When we moved to Roanoke, I also had to move all my school stuff. Then I changed classrooms three times – honest! – in four years. When I retired, I gave my school supplies to the team and left my files organized by SOL’s.Your room looks a lot like my last room. It was great with all that storage, plus I had a huge closet. (My teammate and I had a microwave and fridge in there. We spent way too much time there before and after school hours.) I hope you have a great year.

    1. Thank you! You were nice to leave your things organized for the next teacher. I can’t believe I only have two more weeks of summer!


  2. Wow! That is a pretty great make over for those classes. I think it is a shame that teachers have to spend so much of their own money to ensure that the students have what they need. It just isn’t right. Your room is taking great shape too. I’m going to send this to my daughter so she can enter. Even in 1st grade there are so many supplies.

    1. It varies, Ricki Jill. We have a “Kings Dominion” law that prevents schools from starting before Labor Day. If a school district gets a certain amount of snow, they can apply for a waiver to start earlier. My county gets the waiver and we start August 18. I got back August 11 and will admit that I am NOT ready for summer to be over.

      Good luck with homeschooling. I know you’ll do a great job.


  3. Hey Paula!
    What a GREAT classroom and yay for the leftover supplies! I just went and registered my kiddos for their Homeschool tutorial and college dual enrollment classes yesterday. I can’t believe I have a freshman and a senior! I hope you have a great school year! I know the students are going to learn lots from you!!!!


  4. Aw, I love seeing your classroom! It looks great! Were you in your other classroom for a long time? I could definitely see how big a move that could be! It definitely seems annoying yet also rewarding that the other teacher left so much behind. Good that there were supplies but bad that it was a mess! I love the bright blue walls!

    1. I was in my other classroom for at least ten year, maybe longer! I also like the bright wall. We aren’t allowed to paint the walls now, so I’m glad that one of the previous teachers did it for me.


  5. It must be so hard to change classrooms. Almost like moving your house around. Thanks for sharing about Great Clips and rewarding deserving teachers. Very inspiring, Paula.

    1. It is like moving from one house to another! The good thing about it is it gave me the opportunity to really go through my things and pair down to exactly what I really need.


  6. Good luck with the new grade level! I am very familiar with packing up rooms and moving rooms. You’re so right…it’s like moving homes. You’ve got a great head start on getting the room ready for the new school year. I know it feels good to get that done. And how nice of Great Clips to be supporting students and teachers!

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