Tonight was open house at school. Open house is an evening where the students can bring their families to school and show of what they’ve been doing all year.
A week ago Friday was a furlough day for my school district due to California being broke. Being the
dedicated teacher hot mess that I am, I spent about 9 hours at school on a non-paid day to make my classroom presentable for open house.
This year has kicked my butt, and at the end of the school day I am so exhausted from dealing with a crazy group of 2nd graders. Rather than stick around after school to do any cleaning, I go home bruised and beaten with my tail between my legs. I can’t tell you the last time I straightened up my classroom. It was so horrifying that while working on project last week I asked a student to set some papers on my desk and she came back and said, “There’s no place to put them.” With only a week until my students brought their families to school to show off their classroom, the furlough day was welcome free (literally) time to get some work done.
Many of our posters and charts had fallen down in our recent humid weather…
Some of my books and book characters had fallen over or off of the cupboards.
Pretty much every flat surface had a stack of paper of some sort…
The reading table
and my desk!
The most embarrassing part…
These are snowflakes that we made in January. It is JUNE people!
So what can be accomplished after 9 hours in a classroom?
Flat surfaces are cleared,
snowflakes taken down and writing put up,
posters, and charts picked up off the floor,
and student work stapled to the walls and placed neatly on desks.
As I said goodbye to the last visiting family, I was thrilled that the room looked so nice for my students’ open house, but also relieved that the night was over. Only two more weeks until the end of the school year and I CAN’T WAIT!