I worked for three days getting tables and chairs in just the right places, unstacking boxes, and hopefully creating a special place for the newest Hoggatteers to call home away from home.
Additionally, I have literally set the stage for the 2014/5 school year. Our own classroom stage, which sits in front of the SMART Board, has been put back together, and now includes a "skirt" to make it appear more complete.
We will use the stage to "liven up" daily lessons, as well as put students in front of their peers and observers. Students will have the opportunity to "teach" the class from time to time, as well. Spotlights will bathe the stage when necessary.
One of the hardest parts of organizing the room, just like everywhere else in life, is putting things in places and remember where you put them. Teacher supplies collected over a period of a quarter of a century can pile up, so finding places to put the piles can be a challenge. Only the most inventive of all public school teachers can attack such a task with panache and utilitarianism.
There are just a couple of things left to do as I wait for the copies (which will also appear here on our homepage soon) I need for Open House (5:30-6:30, Tuesday, August 19); I still have a bulletin board to finish, some windows to be treated, and some copies to run.