Saturday, September 13, 2014

Welcome to our learning space...

I love my new classroom.  Love love it.  Love love love it.

That being said, it took me eight years at my last school to figure out the perfect classroom set up that made the most sense to me.  I had finally figured out where each kind of paper would go and how to find things and where to keep all my binders so that I could get to them easily and put those papers away every time.

I don't have that yet.  It's been two weeks, and I sometimes get papers and then stare at my desk like "where will I put papers like this?".

Then we had a fire drill.  The quietest, slowest fire drill I've ever experienced.  If there were a fire, we would be meandering outdoors.  I didn't know to grab the emergency backpack.  Sounds like something you should do.  It just didn't occur to me.  So my class was the one standing outside without our green sign to signal that we were all there.  It was fine.  I waved frantically.  Next time I'll rock that.

Then we had an earthquake drill.  Guess who didn't know where to go.  This girl!  Excuse me while my pencil skirt and heels crawls under this table half way across the room because am I supposed to close the door?  Do you have time to do that?  I immediately went into tornado drill mode and then realized I  probably won't have time to close the doors and turn off the lights and grab my phone.  We just didn't have earthquakes in Kansas!

Then we had active shooter training.  I did not realize I had signed up for this when I chose elementary education as my major in college.

So that's been my first week.  Love my class.  Love my school.  Love my new city and state.  But I'm still trying to figure everything out here.  I'm still trying to figure out my system for things.  It's taking awhile (I mean, it's been two weeks, so maybe not that long).

So sharing my classroom just hasn't been on top of the priority list lately.  I took pictures forever ago.  I even uploaded them.  I just haven't shared them.  But here they are.  In all their clean-untouched-by-children glory.

I've already had 3 of our 7 Habits, plus my number 7 on the labels fall off the wall (missing number 6 before school even started- see picture in bottom right hand corner) and fall behind the bookshelves that are attached to wall so those are now lost forever.  And I probably need to replace them since they belong to the school.  Excellent.  

I'm trying to cut down on classroom distractions and make my classroom more student and class made, so I have a lot of blank spaces for our GLAD posters and other projects we are completing.  Since I moved half way across the country, it was easy to cut down on clutter because I just didn't bring it with me.  I really, really like it better this way, so hopefully I can keep things in order and toss/recycle what I don't need as the year continues.  

Time to unwind and then prep for the next week of lessons!


1 comment:

  1. Your room looks great!
    And I've always been the teacher that walks out during a fire drill without grabbing my roll sheet. We're supposed to bring it out so we can call roll and know that we have everyone. I just number my kids and make them count. It's so much easier...haha.
    Hope this next week goes well!
    The Disneyfied Teacher