Preparing a classroom to be a creative, inspiring, organized, and functional space for that many people for eight hours a day can be a daunting task, so I thought I'd share some of the adventures that I have along the way.
Home Sweet Classroom- Part One- No classroom is a blank slate. It comes with its own treasures. There are pros and cons to inheriting a new classroom.
Pro- I have an entire wall of windows. Natural light + fresh breezes = lovely.
Con- The windows must have curtains. These are the curtains I inherited.
Pro- The former fifth grade teacher told me that she cleaned out a lot of stuff before switching rooms. I'm sure she was right, because there was not a lot of extra junk that I had to sort through.
Con- She elected to leave behind this buffalo nickel. Hanging above my classroom door. It has to go...but I am afraid that there is some significance/connection/importance...I need to talk to her. And then remove it from my sight.
Pro- I have lots of available technology in my room.
No, I am not talking about this portable record player.
And my SMART Board. Would it be bad to admit that this school stayed as my top pick once I found out my potential classroom had one?
Pro- Someone left behind lots of fifth grade level novels. Literature is my favorite subject to teach, so more resources are always welcome. However, this book would not make my lesson plan list. The Incredible Journey? Inspiration for the movie Homeward Bound? Do you remember my hatred of talking animals? Not going to happen.