- I hate feeling rushed during teacher work week... they really should call it teacher meeting week!
- I'm always excited to go work in my classroom this time of year, even though I won't admit it to some of my teacher friends who are too cool to spend any summer time doing anything school related.
- It was a good excuse to give our new puppy some practice home alone in the crate; gotta build up his stamina before I go back full time!
This was the view from the doorway. Cabinets and sink on the left, my desk area by the left window, front of the classroom to the right:
The front of the room... how I wish that were a smart board! The projector screen is just pulled down, though I am excited that they finally mounted my projector in the ceiling. No more huge cart in the middle of the room!
Standing at my desk, looking back out the door:
I can't really call these "after" pictures; they're definitely just in progress. I focused solely on organization yesterday... decorations will wait for another time. I got the desks arranged and all of the other furniture situated. Trying a slightly new configuration this year, one that gives me a reading nook plus a meeting area.
Looking towards the front of the room... my reading nook is under the far window:
My desk area still looks like a mess, but I did clean out my file cabinets:
The red carpet under the window is my new reading nook. My meeting area will be on the large tan carpet.
I inventoried lots of textbooks (most of which I rarely use), including part of our newly adopted math series:
This will be my small group/conference table. It used to be in front of the cabinets in the back of the room, and I used it mostly for dumping things. I've read Daily 5 and The Cafe Book this summer, and I'm going make a much greater effort to include small group instruction and individual conferences during language arts. Right now, the table is still covered in school supplies that my team ordered:
I feel pretty good about the progress that I made yesterday. Of course, it left me itching do do more. I love setting up my classroom each year and looking forward to a fresh start!