Today I went in to school with the intention of moving my stuff from the STEAM lab to my classroom. I only got two loads done. I spent a great deal of time in conversation with an old friend and colleague that use to teach right beside me at Madison Heights. Now we are right beside each other at Amherst Elementary.
Before I got to school I did go by Walmart and picked up a floor lamp that I will use on over cast days when there is little sun and when I got home I ordered two smart bulbs which are supposed to be here by Saturday. I am so enjoying putting my room together. I want it to be perfect for the children! I also picked up an inexpensive coffee pot for myself cause I want it to be perfect for me too! It uses K-cup pods. YAY!! However, I could use loose ground coffee as well. I am thinking about taking my coffee that SaraBeth gave me for Christmas and using that up first. I just hate to have the mess so I am not sure. I will have to ponder it over.
After I left school I swung by Givens and picked up some school supplies. I am so thrilled with my purchases! I found a flip chart with ABC poems that can be sung to familiar tunes. I also got a sight word pocket chart, some bear paws to label my coat rack, and some borders.
All of my bulletin boards are a pretty sand colored background and they are all in very good shape. I don't think I will put paper on them. I just bought yellow border to go on all of them.
Yesterday the custodian who takes care of my side of the school asked me if I wanted this chair. She said that three had been donated to the kindergarten classrooms. Of course I want it! I think the chair itself is beautiful but I am not a fan of that Barbie doll pink color. I brought it home with me and I will have Mark paint it. I really want it to be a nice hunter green or perhaps black or brown.
Tonight there is a school board meeting. I am praying so hard that they do not close school; but, I know that there are colleagues who are praying that they do. Tomorrow I am planning to have lunch with some VEA friends so I will not get a chance to get back into my room until Monday.
I spent all day today cleaning out cabinets and scrubbing. My room is clean and organized now! It smells so good!!
I taught for 20 years before leaving my classroom in 2005 to become an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT). I wasn't sure I would like it so at the time I thought, "well, if you like it, Mel, you will never return to the classroom. And if you don't, you will be back quickly."
Well. . . I loved being an ITRT and at first thought I had found my niche and decided that I would commit to learning everything about technology education that I could and I did so. I decided that a career as a curriculum writer that knew how to integrate technology efficiently was what I needed to be doing.
But, for the past 5-6 years I have felt that something was missing. For the past 3 years I told colleagues each year that I wanted to go back to the classroom. Most thought I was NUTS!!!
Well, this year, I did I am heading back into the classroom as a kindergarten teacher. When I had my interview I knew I found a kindred spirit when my principal understood the insanity behind the desire. I was craving those real relationships and I wanted to make connections with with students. This was hard to do when as an ITRT I was seeing 1200-1500 students a month. Don't get me wrong. I think I had some part in bringing positive changes to my division in making technology more available for students and teachers. I was blessed to have parents help me in opening a STEAM lab in two of the three buildings I worked in as an ITRT. I will miss being an ITRT but I am so thankful that I am returning to the beginning.
Today I went to school and walked into my new classroom home for the very first time. The feeling was overwhelming! I am returning to the classroom in the middle of a global crisis. We shut down school last year on March 13 and are just now making plans to open schools back up again. The very first thing I did was sit down and pray. I prayed a prayer of praise for returning me to the classroom and I prayed for each child that would be in my care. I don't want to let them down. I also cried. I cried for the confusion and fear that these little ones and their parents would face this year. My desks were set 6 feet apart!!! Little people need hugs and love. How is this going to be possible?
The truth is, we don't know yet what this year will bring but I am committing to the Lord, to my students & their families, to my principal who believed in my, and to my division at large that I am going to do the very best I can to make this year the most magical one in the lives of my students. I refuse to be fearful - or at least, I refuse to let fear stop me from doing what I know the Lord wants me to do. To that end, I have decided to chronicle everything-each step of the way. This is my classroom as of today.