Like all classroom teachers on their first day of setting up the room after summer break, especially setting up in a new-to-me classroom, I can honestly say that I am physically and mentally beat. My head is swollen with a million ideas, my legs, feet, and shoulders are throbbing, and my fingers are stained with permanent marker. However, my heart could not be more full. I am back where I belong. I am back in the classroom!
Over the weekend, I came up with the idea to write about my day by day journey back into the classroom. However, due to my current state of pure exhaustion colliding with my nature of documenting and sharing my journey as an educator, rather than presenting a Pinterest-worthy display of photos and witty remarks, I'm going to give you the real deal. Here it is in all its unedited, unposed, #nofilter glory! Here's what it really looks like to set up a classroom after a few years...
Back to the Classroom! Setting Up, Day 1
By the Numbers
- Time of arrival: 10:00AM
- Time of Departure: 6:03PM
- Time for Lunch: 15 minutes of quickly scarfing down food with my extremely helpful and kind grade level partner, Stacey!
- Money Spent at Target: $160
- Steps Recorded by Fitbit: 13,808 (6.2 miles) Keep in mind, there were no extra walks, runs, or anything of the sort.
- Furniture Moved & Boxes Unpacked: Umm... everything and who knows! Too many to track.
- Days Until Students Arrive: 8
By the Photos, 10:15 AM
|Panorama: taken within my first hour setting up the classroom.|
|Blank walls! I'm thinking I may change the red, |
but will keep the other colors.
|Thinking I may change the yellow in favor of a cool color:|
green, blue, grey perhaps?
|Gotta ditch the fluorescent lights! |
Must find lamps!
|This will be the meeting area- eventually!|
By the Photos post Lunch, 2:00 PM
|To achieve my goal of cozy and welcoming,|
naturally, an excursion to Target was necessary!
By the Photos, 6:00 PM
|Panorama: 6:00, boxes partially unpacked (contents not yet |
organized), furniture moved, teacher exhausted!
|Yes, this is progress.|
|You guessed it- the progress continues! This will|
become part of the classroom library.
|The meeting area is coming together- seriously, |
those fluorescent lights have got to go.
While I'm extremely tired, achey, and just a little braindead at the moment, I can't remember the last time my heart was so full and my mind was so clear about what's to come. Truly, I am just so incredibly happy to be back where I belong- in the classroom. Stay tuned for day two tomorrow!
Happy Back to School, Friends!