I have a countdown widget on my classroom website - - - it tells me that there are only 18 days left until the first day of school. Sniff. That is less than 3 weeks. And it also means that there are only 11 days left until our meetings start and I am basically back at work full time.
This week I have worked in my classroom 17 hours. I decided to keep track; don't ask me why. To torture myself with knowing how much I overtime I don't get paid for, I guess (shrug).
I covered my bulletin boards, put my furniture in place, except for final arrangement of the desks. I cleared out some extra tables, desks and chairs that I (fingers crossed I don't pick up any more than the 25 I have now) won't need and were making the room feel cluttered. I got rid of a gigantic podium that I alternately loved loved loved and hated hated hated. In the end, the fact that there was never a good spot for it, and that I was always moving it around either to use it or get it out of the way, was enough to make me move it out. That, and a broken lower shelf that offended me each time I saw it.
What else? Hmmmm.....not too much I guess actually. That was 17 hours worth? Egad. NO wonder I can never get out of there.
Let's see, there must be more...I sorted and got rid of some bulletin board borders - I had too many that I inherited and no longer wanted hanging around. All the books from my library are sitting on tables. I need to do some sorting and tossing there. I bought a new rug for my room...what a steal! It was originally over $300 and I got it on clearance for about $85 including tax at Pier 1. I hung some cute wind chimes, and put a magna border all around my whiteboard. My one lone, but fairly large, whiteboard. That has a SmartBoard mounted on it. I would say in the middle of it, but I am not that lucky. I have a small one foot wide whiteboard on the right, and then one that's about 5 feet wide on the other side. Seriously. And it isn't like that centered it in the room either. But I digress. The border looks great.
I will take pictures next time I go in. I plan to go in on Saturday and give a few things a coat of paint.