Summer vacation is over! How depressing is that? After a paid, kid-free work day today for meetings and working in our room, the kids start school tomorrow.
“How nice,” you must be thinking. “Those rich, part-time teachers even get a half day to get their room ready before the kids start school.”
And you’d be right. We ARE given a half day to prepare our classrooms. Unfortunately, that’s not nearly enough time when your classroom looks like this after summer is over.
You see, when the end of the school year finally arrives, we are required to take everything down and put everything away so summer cleaning can take place over vacation.
On a side note, this is how clean my classroom was when I first visited about 2 weeks ago…
Yah, those are two dead flies on my windowsill. Clean as a whistle!
We pretty much have to move into our classroom again before the year can begin. In fact, during my first visit about two weeks ago, I spent the entire day just setting up the furniture, putting things away, and finding things I had to shove in a cupboard or drawer before leaving on summer vacation. To put that in perspective, I watched the entire season 2 of Sons of Anarchy while working and continued to work about 2 hours after the series was over (wishing season 3 would come out on dvd already). And that was just setting up the room.
A few days after opening the doors for the new year, I went shopping for school supplies. Luckily, my school district does provide paper and pencils and the biggest necessities. However, there are a lot of things that I need but aren’t provided. I spent about $100 on crayons, folders, glue sticks, ball point pens, pencil boxes, name tags, and other odds and ends to get us started - that’s even before the school year begins. Thank goodness I’m so overpaid!
The following week, I spent a day working with my team. We worked on preparing some upcoming units. After finishing that, I had a couple of hours left to put posters and charts up on the wall.
Just this past Friday, I went back in for about four more hours to organize the supplies and to plan for the upcoming week.
Today was our first required day back to school as teachers. We returned for a couple of meetings that
promised to be weren’t short at all and then had the remainder of the day to work in our room. I prepared name tags, made the seating chart, got student desks ready, and finished some last minute things to make sure I was prepared for tomorrow.
a few hours, a few days, a few weeks my classroom is physically ready for new kiddos to arrive first thing tomorrow morning.
Now if only their teacher were mentally ready. Wish me luck!