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Thursday, July 21, 2016

"I'm Going In...So If You Don't Hear From Me, Come Looking!"

Has anyone been dreading going into your classroom?  I have to admit that I was. I am an intervention specialist going into my 30th year teaching, and I moved from half of a great big room to a virtual closet. Thirty years means I have a lot of materials. My stuff had all been moved to the new closet (I mean space) and literally dumped. Dumped on the table, floors, on shelves, etc. So today was my day to go into my new space and try to get some things put away and organized.

So part of the fun and challenge of a new space is trying to get everything working for you.  II TYPICALLY LOVE THIS CHALLENGE. The biggest bummer of this all is that there is no hidden storage, meaning everything is out in the open for the most distracted students in the building to see. New pencils, crayons, Kleenex are sitting on a shelf or on top of a bookcase which makes curious eyes go a bit bonkers.  I have my cleaning supplies out on a shelf for all eyes to see.  Are you getting the idea?  Anyway, here is a picture from when I arrived and another from the end of my four hour adventure!

So, overall  I think I made some progress.  What you can't see is behind the door the entire divider wall is lined with bookcases.  Same for the wall on the left of the door too.  My plans for now, include making some solid colored curtains to hang on the big book cases with a tension rod to cover some of the clutter. And while I love these reading tables, I'm wondering if I can switch it out for a round table.  I don't know about your school, but my two rolling chairs are hot commodities and I am actually thinking of getting rid of one.  I hope lightening doesn't strike me based on that decision alone.  I'm awaiting some chairs from the custodial staff and I had matching colored ones last year so I'm hoping for the same this year.  And you can see my stool with modge podged sight words all over it.  Of course you have to read three words on it before sitting on it for the session.  And a shout out to my computer guy who took time out of his day to unwind my wires, get my computer up and running, and switched out my telephone so I can keep my extension.  Now, if only I can get rid of the guts for the Smart-board, because the board is in my new roomie's half of the room.  I know...it makes so much sense right!

If you have a knack for getting organized and have any suggestions to offer me to make my small space seem more organized or larger, please comment below.  I could use your collective help! Perhaps a panoramic view next time?

Until Next Time,

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