Tuesday, September 22, 2009

freakin' pooped.

Stopping in for a very quick hello because I am exxxxxhausted....and the kids haven't even been moved to my class yet. Call me lazy, but before I started this job I slept in until the last most possible minute in order to get to the shop to open, so, getting up at 6:15 to leave at 7:20 has been rough! On top of that I had class last night in Conway and didn't get home until 10:30ish. Yesterday the principal took me on a tour of the school and introduced me to all the teachers and staff. I observed in a 2nd grade classroom for part of the day and sat with the Literacy Specialist the rest of the day to go over some things. Today I observed a 1st grade class this morning and the other 1st grade class this afternoon. I will go back to 1st grade tomorrow morning to observe in the class that I sat with this afternoon to get a feel of their morning routine. One of the first grade teachers is my mentor this year and I love her! She is great and so sweet.

About the classroom - well - it's a story in itself :) Hazen took in the students from DuValls Bluff so naturally they are running out of room. They did build a new building to house 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, which has helped. After they first got the students they converted the old elementary cafeteria into 4 makeshift classrooms. Those classrooms now contain 2 Special Education and Resource classrooms, an In School Suspension classroom, and yep, you got it, my classroom. It is a very makeshift room with one cinder block wall, one plywood wall, and two sheetrock walls. I did get to choose a color to have it painted, which was nice. It's somewhat amusing that I am in the old cafeteria because with the old cafeteria comes the fold out tables - and two of those tables are still in my classroom! There is a board put over them so they can't be folded down and they aren't as noticeable painted and for sure won't be when I get stuff on the walls. It's not the most perfect or ideal classroom, but I'm going to make it so cute and teacher/kid friendly you'll never know it's makeshift :)

The room got painted today and tomorrow the furniture I have so far will get moved in its place. The classroom is pretty much a blank slate so most things have been ordered like computer tables, desks, shelves, etc. I have a feeling I'll be spending this weekend at an educational store buying all sorts of things that I need - plus things for my wall for sure. And cheap, cute rugs...because the carpet isn't too pretty.

I do not know for sure which students I will have yet. We are still in the process of figuring that out, but I need to get my classroom in order before I even think of having students! Did I mention I'm exhausted? Oh yes.

I went by the house today afterschool and was so happy to see Matt's man room cedar wall done! One complete wall in his man room is cedar where he will hang all his lovely animal wall mounts. I didn't get a very good picture with my phone, but you get the drift. He's yet to see it...he's going to LOVE it!

My very quick update is now over. I smell chili ready for me to eat and am on a couch that wants me back on it soon. Even if I am doing homework. And maybe watching Dancing with the Stars :)


jill said...

oh my gosh! i can't lie ... the room scares me a little bit in its current state. but i KNOW you'll have it gorgeous before long. what color did they paint it? i WISH i was closer to you ... i have lots of wall stuff i'm not using. if you're coming home or your mom is coming your way and there's ever anything you think i might have... just let me know and i'll get it to her. hope today is a good one!

In this wonderful life... said...

glad your day went good! Sorry you are pooped! I can't imagine all that in one day! I can't wait to see the after of the room..versus before! Love the cedar!!


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