Since Summer Bridge, I’ve been finishing up school stuff (syllabus, planning documents etc), and besides for a very quick trip to Las Vegas, I’ve been spending hours putting my classroom together. I’m in a new classroom this year (right next door to where I was last year) and it felt great to start fresh (it’s also a nicer room, but probably only in ways that I would notice).
The other day I arrived at 7AM and it felt so great to be able to spend all of the time I wanted putting my room together, instead of hurriedly making copies and giving myself a pep talk and trying to make myself breathe slower while checking my make-up, which is what happens on normal days as the clock gets closer to striking 7:50. I came the next day too for about 5 hours, and I’m very happy with the results!
Last year I had paper on my bulletin boards and it ripped pretty easily, so I splurged a got fabric. Fingers crossed that this lasts longer. The timeline is so that I can help students visualize when the civilizations that we are studying existed in relationship to each other. I was inspired to do this particularly by the Western and Eastern Roman Empire, because I was struggling to find a way to communicate that they overlapped for a bit before one fell, while the other continued to exist well past some of the other civilizations and cultures that we will be studying. Proud of this one! Last year I barely had any time to think about how I wanted my room to look, so I can’t put into words how excited I was to put this together so that it feels me. I already feel so much more at home in my classroom this year than I did last year!