What really happens in your classroom before the students get there
I drove the twenty minutes to my classroom today to . . . start. There’s always a day or two (or three) before the big day when we’re required to return to school for in-service training. On days like today, when I’m often working alone, I just begin. Here’s what I did, with the help of my husband for the heavy lifting:
- returned all the furniture that had been moved to one side of my classroom by maintenance staff to its approximate place in the room
- untangled a giant wad of electrical and computer cords that had also been moved
- connected my computer back to its dock
- set up the sound system
- tested the speakers; played Ed Sheeran for a sound check; yep… sounds good
- tested my smartboard
- connected the document camera
- put the desks into loose rows that will probably change before it all begins
- helped a new teacher across the hall begin to get settled
- made a mental note to purchase an oil diffuser like the one used by the same new teacher
- rearranged my small black bookshelves
- put the carpet down
- uncovered the big bookshelves
- stared inside my closet. (But that’s all I did because it’s packed too tightly. Once I start unpacking it, there will be no going back.)
- put some new stickers in my sticker drawer. (Never underestimate the value of a sticker.)
- resolved to buy a new poster or two for my big poster wall
- looked at some boxes of supplies and books I requisitioned last spring
- decided to leave those boxes for another day
Now, I’m off to start a draft about Contest #4 That Works for My Students. Look for it tomorrow! Here’s a post about Contest #3. I love using writing contests in my ELA teaching.
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