Monday, July 15, 2013

A Room Full of Potential....Maybe!

So this summer has been SO incredibly busy for me.  Just got home from a training in Sacramento, CA for the AVID program, which my school participates in.  Learned a lot, but am left feeling super exhausted.  I managed to get into my classroom for a few hours today and this is what I have to work with this year.
Looking in from my doorway.

From the front left corner of the room.

So, I am more of a glass-half-empty girl if I'm being really honest (I'm working on fixing that! lol) and I immediately notice the negatives:
  1. Walls. Are. Brick. Or. Carpet.  'Nuff said.
  2. If you look closely, you'll see this classroom is part of an open floor plan, which means that in order to get to my room, you've got to walk through one of two other classrooms.  Thank you, 1970s.
  3. You can't really tell from the pics, but everything is FILTHY! Since the other school is moving out and our entire school is moving in, the janitors have their hands full and can only get the essentials done.  I've been cleaning like a mad woman and have very little to show for it at this point. 
However, there are some positives to be found here.
  1. Due to the wonky layout of the building, I may have to walk through other teachers' rooms to get to mine, but no one has to walk through mine!
  2. A majority of the rooms in this building are on the inside track and they do not have any windows.  I get a small window AND a door to the outside which will be nice to take my kids outside to work or read during good weather.
  3. It's quite huge.  I was worried how I would fit everything with 30 students, but I've got tons of room to spare and my desks will be arranged in groups, so that will also save some space.
So, this is what I'll be working with for the upcoming year.  Some obstacles to overcome, but things are working out slowly but surely.  For instance, I have learned that nothing does the trick on brick walls like a hot glue gun!  I'll post pictures once my room is all up and finished.  I can't really envision the final result yet, so I'm hoping it will reveal itself to me the more I work in there. 

What's on your room to do list for the upcoming school year?  I love the time of year when I get to peruse all the teaching blogs I follow and check out the before and after pictures of classrooms.  Until next time!