It was a rough start to the school year for me. I'm one of those people who goes in a week early on my own time and sorts, organizes, and staples my way to a nice tidy classroom before the actually "start day". This year my plans were foiled by......... my gall bladder.
Two weeks before teachers were due to report back to school I had to, quite unexpectedly, have surgery to remove that angry little organ. I wasn't released to go back to work until the official start day and, even then, I was suppose to "take it easy"... yeah... right! Some people think our jobs are just about talking in front of the class and shuffling papers... ummm... not even close!
This is what I came back to on that Monday:
Disclaimer... You know that magical moment when you stand back and survey your hard work? That teeny tiny moment when everything is "perfect"? Most of the following pic were taken during that moment... before my wonderful new kiddos walked in the door with their backpacks, pencil-shaving-creating pencil sharpeners, snack wrappers, and supplies galore. :) Gotta love them!
The Front of the Classroom
The Brown Bag Teacher on TeachersPayTeachers.com), my favorite books for back to school. I love to read Chrysanthemum and we talk about our names. I also read "It's Hard to be a Verb", a great book for students who have difficulty concentrating and staying in their seats.
Here is the main part of the classroom ready for the first day. I buy book boxes from Ikea and I have wire "cubbies" for each of the students. I don't put a lot of bulletin boards or posters on the walls to start the year. We create anchor charts, display our work, and show off our art on the walls as the year progresses.
The Teacher's Corner/Small Group Area
This year I decided to let go of my desk and replace it with a multi-purpose round table. This is where I plan on meeting for conferences, holding small reading groups, and doing my planning. This is my favorite part of the room. It is my ZEN place. My goal is to keep it looking like this ALL YEAR LONG... which is not small task for me. I am a clutter keeper. I fight is every year and every year I LOSE!
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Well, there you have it! From frightening to fabulous! I hope you have fun touring my classroom and have an idea or two to take away with you! I hope you visit again soon!
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Have a great weekend!