There seems to be a huge divide among bloggers right now. Some of you are busy working in your classrooms and they already look amazing. Others haven't even stepped into your classrooms this summer (and then there are those of you that just now finished your school year). So, for those of you who are stressing because you feel so far behind ... this post is for you. Trust me ... you want to read this!!!
I am moving from one classroom to another. Here is my AFTER picture of my new classroom:
So are you thinking that I have it all together and have moved everything and already put it away? Wrong, wrong, wrong! I have not moved a single item. Why then is this my AFTER picture? Because this was the scene yesterday when I stepped into my new classroom for the first time:
None of this stuff is mine. NONE of it. N.O.N.E.!!!!!! Another teacher had moved all the things she didn't want into this classroom the previous day. Why? Not sure. Did I cry? Nope! Did I pout? Nope! Did I think lots of negative thoughts? Oh, yeah ... lots and lots. But luckily I have Pete the Cat for a role model ... so I just kept walking along and singing my song! "I love my new room! I love my new room! I love my new room!" (Well, at first my song wasn't so cheerful ... in fact, there was no cheer at all in the beginning.)
So my first task in my new room was to go through every box and bag. (You can't tell from this photo, but there were lots of large garbage bags filled with items because she ran out of boxes.) I sorted, I tossed, I recycled, I gave away. I found some amazing items in the rubble which went to our new transitional kindergarten classes. Two dear friends came to help. (THANK YOU Kate and Kristi!!! I could not ask for better friends or coworkers!!!) 24 hours later, the room was barren. (Yes, we all stopped at night and went home and went to bed.) Now our poor, dear custodian can come in and do the summer deep cleaning. He was in panic mode yesterday when he saw the room in its BEFORE state. This morning, I searched him out and brought him to see the room in its AFTER state and his sweet smile was HUGE! You see, he was given the task of getting this room deep cleaned by Monday when the summer school students arrive in this room. More good news: My wonderful principal thanked me for being a great team player (she was one of the dear friends who helped me sort, etc.)
So ... now that my room is barren, I have a blank canvas and can start to dream and create. It really is a great room. Extra large; near the bathrooms; extra storage space.
Still feeling panicky? Just look at my BEFORE picture again. (...and know that I still have to pack up my old room.)
Love to all,
P.S. I love my new room! I love my new room! I love my new room!