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!