Summer school (ESY) ended on Friday, August 5th which meant that on Monday, August 8th I headed to school to start prepping for the new school year...which doesn't start until September 12th. I know that sounds like an excessive amount of time, but considering I'm getting a NEW classroom with NEW kids, there is a lot to do.
On Day 1 I decided to shoot a little video of what I walked into...remnants of the previous teacher.
After 2 weeks of cleaning I finally have my blank canvas to begin building on. It's still a GIANT work in progress.
The room is no where near completion but it did get a good cleaning, all the Velcro got striped off the walls, the white board was removed, and the floors were given a thorough scrubbing. In addition, I made final decisions about furniture and its placements. Several sketches, 3 trips to IKEA, 1 trip to Lowes, and 2 trips to The Container Store I have all the items I need to start designing my curriculum and lesson plans. I'm a firm believer that you can't plan instruction if you don't know where the kids are going to sit and how the room is going to flow.
I wish I had "after" photo's to share with everyone, but I still have 3 weeks left before the students return to school and I have a lot of work left to do. I hope you stop by again in a couple weeks to see the finished product. Until then, here's a little preview of something my husband has been helping me construct for my classroom....
Did I mention that my room only measures 23' x 20'???? How much space do you have to work with this year? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hoppin'!