Back for Day 2 of "Teacher Week 13'". Today's theme- a classroom tour. Well ladies and gents...here she is...isn't she a beaut ;).
But really...in all seriousness, in my new position I am graced with an office this year (which at one point was a closet I may add). This photo may be a slight exaggeration, but I no longer have the luxurious classroom space I once had, and I now have a basement full of stuff I have accumulated over the years with sadly no where to go!
Thus, in lieu of a tour from this year, I thought I would take you back in time for a little tour through my first five years of teaching (this year will be #6). I think you will appreciate my evolution as much as I did when I went back to find some of these oldies for you all!
So let's start from the beginning...
Confession...I had no idea where to even begin to set up my classroom my first year. I just remember being so excited to have this brand new job that I worked so hard for and a classroom finally of my very own! Anyone else have multiple moments of just staring in awe and confusion as to where to go next. I think half of my set up time was consumed by those moments that year. Somehow I made it through!
Fast forward two years...I was at a new school in a new grade level! I definitely had a better understanding of what needed to be setup, but was still lacking the ability to tie it all together I'd say. I call this my "year of the rainbow".
This year I just remember buying and creating any and every thing in any color I found that made me smile. I was all for bright patterns and cool colors.
Fast forward two more years...to last year. My OCD side went into full force. I blame blogging for this ;)! Everything had to be color coordinated (black, green, pink yellow) and related somehow to my superhero theme. I will not lie (as I know many of you do too!) in saying I probably spent more hours on the most minute details like bin labels and colored clothespins than the time I spent thinking about and putting together my classroom combined my first year. Isn't is supposed to get easier, friends?
I will say, it kind of hurt to take my classroom down at the end of this year! I'm hoping to utilize some of the decor in my office as well as share some things with my new dual staff members!
Looking forward to seeing how you all are coming along this year! Maybe take a moment and look back at photos from your first few years, when you are feeling like the organization is never going to end...and think about how far you have come ;)!