Setting up the new classroom – A Slice of Life Story

1 Sep


I went back to work officially yesterday, but I’ve been at work for the last two weeks.

last weeks I started the great unpacking of the 19 boxes that my school district moved for me. This was the first time I had ever let someone else move my school stuff. When I entered my room last week to start the unpacking process, my boxes were neatly stacked in the corner. I let out a huge sigh of relief.

The first step was arranging the tables and chairs in groups and deciding where my classroom meeting area should be. Once those were established I could decide where my desk would go. As I was setting up my desk area, the science teacher on my team came in and laughed, “Now we have 4 fridges and 5 microwaves on the team, but no one ever wants to use my fridge.”

Unpacking the boxes is still a work in progress. Last year, because I changed jobs so late, most of my books stayed in boxes. This year, I wanted to be better organized and I’ve been sorting through my books, grouping them and putting them in tubs. I can’t access a printer yet, so the labels for the tubs have yet to come.

When I started this process,  all six tables were covered. I have reduced the chaos to one table and there are still 4 work days before school starts.

I had a fitful sleep last night, school thoughts whirling in my head. I have a lot yet to learn about the things I will be teaching, but I am confident that my room will be ready on Tuesday when the kids show up.

3 Responses to “Setting up the new classroom – A Slice of Life Story”

  1. arjeha September 1, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    I remember the excitement of going in to get my room set up for the new school year. Unboxing supplies I had ordered, putting up bulletin boards so the room wouldn’t look so institutional, arranging desks to maximize space and learning potential, etc. Wishing you well as you start a new year in a new room with a new team and students.

  2. Tara Smith September 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    It takes time and thoughtfulness to get the classroom just right – and there’s always the payoff when things go well. Good luck!

  3. Dana Murphy September 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    This always seems like the most daunting task in the world – setting up the classroom. Sounds like you’re well on your way!

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