Sam In The City

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Creepin' Like A Wedgie

When I say creepin' like a wedgie, I'm referring to the first day of school for my Kindergartener's this upcoming Monday. Since the middle of last week, I've been making frequent trips back and forth to my school to set up my classroom and prepare for the little people that I will be teaching. :) Although setting up my classroom before school starts can be fun, it is also a GINORMOUS pain in the rear.

Sunday afternoon I went to school to finalize the furniture arrangement for my classroom. The hardest part of setting up is making my small classroom spacious enough to accommodate five large tables, which serve as the student's desk, four book shelves, one large manipulative shelf, a reading center table, block shelf, overly large teacher's desk and student mailbox shelf. I'm sure I missed a few pieces of furniture, but I'm sure you get the picture. Anywho, when I got to my classroom Sunday, I found a long rectangular table pushed against one of my blackboards where the students have their "Morning Meeting". (Morning Meeting time in a nutshell is where the students learn and review their letters, sounds, numbers, days of the week, months of the year and a many other concepts.) Whoever put the desk there moved my mini-chalk board and a few other items that are essential to our "Morning Meeting time". I knew the table was put in my classroom because each class is supposed to get more computers and a table is needed to accommodate them. Anyway, I moved the table to a different spot to create a computer center and didn't think too much of it. Moving on...

Well, Monday when I went back to school, and to be on the safe side I asked my principal if the table HAD to be in the specific spot it was placed. I explained to her that it was put in my "Morning Meeting" spot and it messed up the arrangement I had worked SOOO hard on in my classroom. To make a long story short, the table HAD to be left in that spot. :( Okay people, most of you are probably thinking I'm making too big of a deal out of having to move a rectangular table to a different spot in the classroom. Early childhood teachers out there understand how many painstaking hours it takes to hang up educational decorations/posters, personalize name tags and a zillion other things, and especially arrange the furniture. To make this already long story short, everything worked out. After a long time of moving several shelves and rehanging decorations, I finally came up with a new arrangement. God bless my little sister Donna who has been helping me set up my classroom ever since I became a teacher two years ago! If she wouldn't have been with me when I have to rearrange everything, my head probably would've popped off!

For the rest of the week I'll be at school making the finishing touches in my classroom. I just recently found out that the Kindergarten teachers will not be getting aides this year, so I'm trying to really work ahead to keep up with the work load I know will hit come Monday. I'll truly miss the much appreciated and needed help a teachers aide offers, but there's nothing I can do about it. Plain and simple, it's going to be me and my twenty-two little learners.

Well, I could probably blab on and on about school forever so I'll stop. Thanks for reading about what's been filling my days and evenings lately. Much love to those of you out there who continue to read my blog. You guys are the best! ;) Have a great evening friends-I'm off like a dirty shirt.

9 Comments:

  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger Brooke said…

    Breain and I helped you last year.

     
  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Sambo V. said…

    I know you did! :) I REALLY appreciated it.

     
  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Frema said…

    I love hearing about your classroom. I STILL think about being a teacher.

    Also, I can't believe you're going into your third year of teaching! Time sure does fly, huh?

     
  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Luke said…

    Glad to hear everything's in order now in your classroom. I just got a new office, and so far it only contains the ghosts of its previous occupant, so I need to do some arranging myself.

     
  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just think of all the little minds your shaping! Happy 06.07 school year! love you, Auntie DI

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger mjd said…

    Arranging a kindergarten room sounds like a lot of work. I put up a few posters, moved a few tables, and was done. I hope that your school year is wonderful. Mine has been off to a quiet, uneventful start, which is good.

     
  • At 12:14 AM, Blogger butterflygirl said…

    I definitely do not miss setting up the room. Now that I teach high school, I let the kids do it!

     
  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger Frema said…

    Hey, now you have to update your profile to say "third" year!

     
  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Lost A Sock said…

    I hope school is going well! I've been thinking of you as you start your year.

     

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