Since wall decorations are under review... today I worked on organization.
I am not really into filing cabinets. I don't keep paper copies. All of my resources are in digital files on my computer, but I did want to use my small filing cabinet this year to keep track of student/parent communication. I assign every student a number for a year, so that is what the numbers signify in the photograph above.
So here are a few photos from today. Just keep in mind that I am not decorating right now. I focused on placing furniture, going through shelves & drawers, and trying to figure out how to minimize.
I don't sit at my desk, but I like using it as a table. Kids LOVE sitting at the teacher's desk to work.
Awkward shelves. Not my favorite. I just can't seem to organize them. I guess if I could buy a lot of little boxes, it would look better, but that isn't going to happen this year. So I will be covering these with a curtain.
These are the same kind of shelves across the room. There is still a lot of work to be done.
Has anyone heard of using rubbing alcohol to clean white boards? It completely worked! Now I just have to do it on my kid's small white boards. Go try it.
This is my work station. This year I added my file cabinet under the table. This table is probably the most used furniture aside from student desks. I sit here before and after school and sometimes when the kids are working. I pull small groups to come work with me. Kids sit here during instruction instead of at the back desks. I have kids sit on the carpet, crate seats, and this table. That way we are all close and learning together.
I need to move my Elmo table over here to complete the area.
Also, scary moment. I unrolled the nasty carpet and a big bug jumped out at me. Yuck. I hate bugs. See that book on the ground? Guess what I used to kill the big bug? Good guess.
My principal is going to rent us a carpet cleaner to clean up our rugs. I am so looking forward to cleaning this gross rug!!!!!!
That computer you see on the table, it is my old teacher computer. The district upgraded my campus over a year ago. This computer has just been sitting unused in the back of my room since then. A big waste. It needed to be reconfigured as a student computer. Maybe they are working on that for this year! An IT guy came in my room today and moved the computer to this table and then walked out. A little weird, but okay.
I have so much work to do! Everything feels so bare.
On another note... I have good news!
I am a Graduate student! Classes start at the end of the month!