I think that even after four years of teaching in my 'own room' I still get the nervous butterflies before the first day of school. A part of me misses the group that inhabited the room the year before, and another part of me is nervous about what is coming next.
I have to keep reminding myself of Philippians 4:6-7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." So I'm giving this year up to the One who holds forever in His hands. I know that there will be more 'bumps' ahead, but I'm not in it alone.
Take a look at my classroom for the 2016/2017 school year:
|My teacher desk - love this new print from Hobby Lobby!|
|I do all of my read-alouds from my IKEA chair, and we start each carpet time with a reminder how to do Whole Body Listening (from Especially Education)|
|Reading Corner - the book bins and storage may not match, but I love how many play-based learning option I have!|
|Hand-In Buckets - I separate hand-in and classroom work storage by subject and project.|
|View from the back of the classroom - check out my new crate seats!|
|Permanent whiteboard set-up. I write my schedule up on the board so it can be specific, and kids help to assign a weekly classroom job rotation. I love accountability in a primary classroom!|
I'm starting to feel ready for the year ahead. How about you, is your classroom ready ? Or if you've been back for a while, how are you settling in?