Wow, just wow. With the way I feel today you could never tell I have been teaching for 12 years. I come into my room, and look at all of the half-finished tasks laying around. I need to finish putting my resources/supplies away in cabinets. I need to finalize and hang up which posters I want to start the year with. I have to re-arrange the room because a certain aspect is now bugging me. There are reports to catalog and first weeks lesson plans to write. I need to pre-print our resources, I have to get… WHAT! Wow, I need to sit down and breathe deeply to refocus.
I have to get my room’s appearance done. It is how my peers and students will perceive me for the next few days- an impression I will never be able to change. I spend the next hour rearranging my room. I sit at the student desks, move to the SMARTBoard and whiteboard like they will- I try to anticipate their needs. I notice immediately that I have crowded the one side by the computers. I can only have students at that side of the table or seated at the computer stations. I need to move that table without cramping my other spaces. I finally pick out and hang my posters- some had already fallen down. A quick trip to the store to pick up command strips is needed. Finally things look OK. This ends up taking twice the time I thought, 2 hours are gone already!
OK, as I look around I see my resources and supplies. They need to be put away, but in a manner where I can access them easily- I have a project this week. (Yes, I believe in having a project right away, it’s an easy ice breaker and allows me the opportunity to get into group work/procedures.) As I am putting things away, I realize that I need to swap where they are stored- so I change it. It is hard to utilize your storage space to be accessible while maximizing the space and organization. I probably end up swapping out almost every cabinet or shelf in my room… man this is going to be a long day- it’s already lunch time.
Lunch leaves me feeling refreshed- until I hit my classroom. I start flying through my resources to find what student materials I will need and take a walk to every teacher’s favorite hangout- the copier room. I don’t realize it until I am carrying back about 4 reams of paper that I now have materials ready for the first two weeks. I guess sometimes it is OK to stress and overprepare.
I still have that feeling that I am nowhere close to being ready for my students as I finally leave the building- 3 hours later than scheduled hours. I know I have a good room, I know things will go OK, but the excitement of the new year in a new district has my mind flying. I can’t wait for class Tuesday so that I will kick into Interactive Teacher mode and get out of this Overanalysis mode I am currently stuck in. Time to enjoy the last weekend of summer….