Happy first day to many educators and children! Getting ready for the school year is always so exciting yet so nerve-racking. Though school officially began with students today, teachers go in way before to get the classroom ready. You wouldn’t believe the amount of work that goes behind the scenes. Just look at this photo of my classroom with my new co-teacher. Those books and label bins took over 4 hours to sort and make it look good. We had to unpack all those boxes just to make counter space for the green and blue bins. We had to unroll and vacuum those 2 giant rugs for parallel teaching. Whew* They didn’t tell us this when we applied to become teachers! =P
I’ve been there for 4 whole days already and still have a few more things to do! Labeling, laminating, sorting, cleaning, organizing… TONS! But after so many years of working, I find it really fun to work on the details early and then focus on the planning for the rest of the year. This year, I moved up to third grade. BIG KIDS! At least to me. I went from 1st to 2nd, and now a testing grade – my husband believes that eventually I’ll wind up in middle school. We’ll see 🙂
I’ll post more photos of what’s happening in the classroom and in my school as the year flies by, but for now … I’ll leave you with this incredibly inspiring video our principal just showed us by Adora Svitak.