Now this year I was hired in May and school doesn't start until after Labor Day, so I was ELATED. My plan was to completely kick butt in my classroom all summer long. I planned to come in like 2 or 3 days a week and make insane amounts of progress in order to avoid teaching all day and planning until I fell asleep through November.
Given that I was starting at a new school and in a new grade, I couldn't wait to get into my new room this summer. The previous teacher was out by the third week of June, and I came in right away to start organizing and purging.
This is the room I came into:
This is what I've done with it, 5 weeks later:
Ideally I would have everything put away by now and would be delving into curriculum and unit plans. I would then start making it pretty with bulletin boards and such in late August. However, what am I doing right now? I'm AR leveling my insane amount of children's books for my classroom library (why I chose to start here, I have no idea)!!!
And although it make look like I've done nothing, I feel a need to list what I actually have done (so you don't think I've gone into this seemingly organized room and simply added clutter):
-Purged about 500++ lbs. of outdated teaching materials (hidden behind the sliding marker boards and in every cabinet)
-Organized all curriculum and materials left in the room
-Come up with an overall space plan (although it isn't in action yet)
-Rearranged the computers
-Moved in all of my teaching supplies
-Unpacked almost all of my boxes
-Started leveling books for my classroom library (1/4th of the way done... maybe?)
I'm hoping to get down to nannying just 3 days a week by next week, which will hopefully allow me to show you an at least somewhat more organized 2nd grade classroom by the end of next week.
Note 1: I'm about as type-A as they come, and this unorganized classroom I'm posting for you to criticize is killing me. I'm using it as motivation to make more progress!
Note 2: I know many of you don't care about my classroom progress, but family members ask me about this stuff all the time and like to see pictures!