Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where it goes down Wednesday

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. 

video

After 2 weeks of cleaning I finally have my blank canvas to begin building on. It's still a GIANT work in progress. 


video

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'!





7 comments:

  1. Just found your blog and can't wait to see you pictures. Enjoy your next 3 weeks!
    BusyBees

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  2. Wow! I wonder what you are building ;) Can't wait to see pics!

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  3. Wow...nothing like a clean, blank space to get you motivated! What are you going to do to the window? Hated the knotted up curtains but the open windows I'm sure will be a big distration for the kids? Can't imagine those partitions in there...it already looks small...can't wait for the final reveal!

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  4. I love the video idea! I went into my classroom today and was quickly depressed with all the work that I need to do. Unfortunately I can't begin until l"hopefully" next Wednesday. In services start next Thursday :( . I did help my best friend whose room was done. Oh the life of a teacher!

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  5. Wow, you've done a lot of work. THankfully, I have my room from last year,but I'm sure it's going to need some work, I'm just too lazy to do it yet. Good idea with the video.

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  6. Can't wait to see your finish pics.
    Enjoy your last few weeks of holidays.


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  7. oh boy!! cant wait to see it finished

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