Two weeks before school started, I learned that I would not be teaching art again since the school decided that they couldn't afford the program anymore! The Friday before school started, there was a listing to teach second grade. I love second grade! I applied and immediately emailed the principal who emailed me back Saturday morning: "Come see me on Monday." When on Monday? I decided to be there at 8 AM although I felt that I should go at 8:30 AM. The interview was OK, nothing special, but I did know one of the teachers from the Reading Endorsement classes we were taking. By knowing him, and having glowing recommendations from previous principals and my neighbor who is also a principal, about an hour later, I was informed that the school had decided to hire someone, but couldn't tell me who it is, "wink, wink, wink!" I was to immediately write an introduction letter and get back to the school. A couple hours later, it was all official, and I started putting my room together.
Luckily, I had an awesome team! They helped put all the lessons together for the first week. Several teachers, neighbors, family, and friends, helped set up the classroom over the next couple of months. Yes, months! It's crazy to think it actually took that long! This year in first grade, it still took months, but at least I had the summer to work on it. My current room really isn't completely done either due to a desire to go through seven years worth of files, keep masters, and purge everything else!
Originally posted on 8/31/13
The room is still. not. done! But it's getting there! Not too much left to do now, and I'm loving how it's turning out :)
Here are a few pictures of the room so far:
Follow the Yellow Brick Road", the guided reading table is in the corner
Cupcakes for the Teacher, the trees show beginning prompts for how, why, what, when, where, so students get an idea of what to start with or what to look for in reading (helps them read and write in phrases instead of word by word), the long, narrow table underneath holds different writing supplies the students can use.