I have spent the last three months trying to come up with the first sentence for this blog. I guess that was it… kind of anticlimactic, huh? The self inflicted pressure of “how to start” has been very stressful. It has also been kind of ridiculous. I certainly never have a shortage of things to say! (My 2 year old told me I am a “chatterbox”. She is correct.) So I am going to let this be the awkward beginning and I’m going to just jump in. Does that work for you? Great. Let’s go.
This summer was a very, very busy one. Despite my best efforts, I didn’t get into my classroom once this summer. With a jam packed pre-service week and 4 kids at home (making it difficult to work late) I was very worried about getting everything done… but somehow it all always gets done.
This is what I walked in to that first morning.
Just getting some light in the room and spreading things out made me feel a little better. Which is great, since that’s about all I had a chance to do that day.
I created some new adorable new library labels to freshen things up and I am continuing to use the word wall set that I purchased last year. (It is so strange to see a word wall with no words isn’t it? By day 3 it was looking much better!)
This is a little area in the back of the room where I have literacy centers and books stored. The students don’t use the big, dark shelves. I take things out for the week and set them up. The two wooden shelves are math materials. I created individual boxes of manipulatives for the students to use this year. The bright colored baskets will hold math center games for the week. The “Quality Control Center” is still up from last year. I’m not sure if it is going to work in this location yet… I am always talking to my kiddos about “quality work”. I used this little “quality control center” to post examples of “high quality work”. I am thinking I might use it for posting rubrics instead this year (?).
Here is the view from that back corner. (With a crooked table… pretend you didn’t notice that, okay? Thanks.)
I decided the big table I had my computers on last year was just too bulky. “Open and bright, open and bright!” Instead I moved the desktops to desk tops. It takes up much less space and is working great so far!
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