I can't tell you how excited I am to be going to a new classroom in a new school. If ever I wondered if this was the right career move for me, I doubt no more, because I am just itching to get in there and make it my own.
I'm moving into an older school, which means the classroom is huge, but also extremely cluttered. There were textbooks on the shelves from the 70's! The first step in getting the room ready was cleaning and decluttering. If you are moving into an older room where teachers have retired from, do yourself a favour and get rid of everything! It can be so overwhelming to have someone else's materials in your room. If you are like most teachers, you may be reluctant to get rid of it, but trust me, if it is more than five years old, it is out-of-date! Start fresh!
A little bit of paint can work miracles!
The next step will be the most exciting one- putting the borders on the bulletin boards, planning the layout, setting up the desks.... I was able to score a horse-shoe table for Guided Instruction. Stay tuned to see what the final product will look like!