Moved Classroom TodayJune 29, 2007 at 8:03 pm | Posted in education, inner city, teachers | 5 Comments
It’s the last day of school today!
I finished hauling all my crap from my old room to my new assigned room today, with lots of help from my students (a waste of their time by the way). Now, I begin to set up my new classroom for the new academic year, which begins next Thursday after the fourth of July holiday. Just pause for a minute and consider the ramifications of the situation.
Holy heck but I have walls, tables, and floor space covered with boxes and random bits!
All the chairs are mismatched and too large for second graders. (Ordered new chairs two weeks ago, cross fingers and hope they arrive in time.)
The tables are all at different height. (Must remember to ask plant manager to even out the tables.)
I don’t KNOW what’s that stuff under the sink!
Who left all this crap in my new classroom? Mr. ____? He left the school five years ago! Why didn’t someone throw this out years ago?!
Somewhere in there, I must plan for the first two weeks of school so that my students can begin learning from Day 1. I must set up my classroom to be an inviting environment for my students. I must also not strangle people who left their stuff in the classroom and said they’ll be back sometime in August to get it out of MY classroom. THAT’S RIGHT! A teacher told me she “needed the vacation time” and will be back two months after my academic year started so that she can haul hundreds of pounds of HER STUFF out of my classroom, let’s not STOP to consider the needs of other teachers, never mind STUDENTS!
I was generous enough to pack most of her crap into boxes and had them dragged down to her new classroom rather than throw them away. She still has one of MY closets full of her stuff and unfortunately for me, it’s the closet that has those useful, vertical drawers perfect for posters. Have to purchase some kind of storage box for the posters now.
The school will be open on Saturday for four hours, Monday and Tuesday for six hours. I shall make use of the available time to set up my classroom.