I really hoped to have my life all together before posting this but I'm afraid that day may never come and today is as good as ever.
I had a blast designing my classroom this year! It was definitely hard work, but so worth it in the end. The whole time we were on our cruise in June, I kept thinking about how I needed to move everything over. When I started at my old school, I was given 25 desks, 25 chairs, 1 table, and 1 computer desk. That was it. I bought everything that was in my old classroom. For my 23rd birthday (when I was a first year teacher), my parents took me to a teacher store and told me to get anything I wanted. That carried over to my Christmas presents that year too. I made so little money that first year that 1/3 of my money went to rent, 1/3 went to student loans, and the other 1/3 went to the classroom. I'm not exaggerating and I'm not wanting sympathy... because every dollar I spent was worth it for my kiddos. I'm just hoping my friends can see that I wasn't joking when I said I was b.r.o.k.e that year. Over the years I've had fantastic parents who have donated so much, so I definitely had a lot to pack up and move.
We rented a U-Haul on what has to have been the hottest day of the summer. We spent hours loading it up and an hour unloading it. It looked like a classroom had exploded when we were finished.
One trip to my old school to grab one small load ended with me loading everything on my own. I just wanted to be done. I had Mr. R meet me at my new school and there were several bags that made him say "how in the world did you pick this up?" I think it was adrenaline. I was just excited to start organizing. #typeateacherproblems
I first wanted to paint my big bookshelf because the lime green would've clashed with my light green walls.
Then I sat and thought what have I done? But a snapchat from a long lost teacher bestie reminded me that I was born for this. I powered through and spent my last two summer weeks here as much as I could.
Here's a closer look at some of my favorite spots:
Basically the command center. Calendar, visual schedule, smarty pants and lunch count.
Can we all just take a minute to say hallelujah for this heavenly piece of technology. #waitedsixlongyearsforthisthing
It's still a work in progress- need to get a word wall up, hunks and chunks board, decorate my teacher area... But I want to end with this: I love my school and I'm never leaving this classroom until I retire at the age of 65.