Classroom Photos: Start of the Year

Moving to a new school is always a daunting task. After five years in the same place, I managed to accumulate a vast array of 'important' papers, folders, books and teaching resources. I also inherited quite a few things from teachers who were retiring or leaving the profession. This created quite a lot of stuff which needed to be moved from my old school, transported to my home where it could be sorted and organised (or recycled, given away or binned) and then finally moved into my new teaching space.

Here are photos of part of the sorting process and the mess it created. Yes, that's right, two rooms in our house were filled with my teaching junk (as my husband calls it).

So, once all the sorting and re-packing was done, I had to take it into my new school. At my new school, I have no teacher office to store all my things in. To make up for this, the lovely staff at my school found a barely used cupboard and moved it to my room just for little old me! I felt very spoilt!

Here are my 'before' photos of my teaching space before I had a chance to move the furniture.

 My apologies for the bad lighting, both sides of my teaching space are windows (I only have one wall). As you can see, there was a lot of furniture stacked for the end of the year and it all needed to be moved and arranged. On one side of my room, there's windows out to a little courtyard. On the other side, there are more windows which overlook the Junior playground area.

These are my 'during' photos. I'm not finished setting up my room at this stage, because I like my students to have input about how they would like the room to look.

I made the tissue paper pom poms after being inspired by this tutorial on Schoolgirl Style. I love looking at the photos of all the inspirational and eye-catching classroom designs. After getting some style advice from Melanie's site, I decided my theme this year would be stars with blues, yellow and a splash of red. I thought I'd keep it simple this year, and try something more adventurous next year.

So that's it from me at the moment. I'm getting organised for our Parent Information Night on Tuesday. I know as the new teacher I'm going to have a lot of curious parents visiting, so I'm keen to make my teaching space as beautiful and welcoming as possible.

Thanks for 'visiting' my new room and be sure to pop back to see the final result.
Bec :)

The Night before School Starts

Look Out!

The witches mumble horrid chants,
You're scolded by five thousand aunts,
A Martian pulls a fearsome face
And hurls you into Outer Space,
You're tied in front of whistling trains,
A tomahawk has sliced your brains,
The tigers snarl, the giants roar,
You're sat on by a dinosaur.
In vain you're shouting "Help" and "Stop",
The walls are spinning like a top,
The earth is melting in the sun
And all the horror's just begun.
And, oh, the screams, the thumping hearts
That awful night before school starts.
Max Fatchen

I found this poem while I was sorting out all my school things during the holidays. So I said to myself, "I'll put this in a safe place til I need it." Then I promptly forgot where that safe place was. Thankfully I found it again, so I could share some of the terror that accompanies the night before school starts. The terror of wondering if your students will like you, the fear that you haven't planned enough for the first day or the anxiety that you might forget something important.

Today, I spent almost my entire day from 7:30am - 5:30pm setting up my room. It was hard work, and I'm exhausted now, but it was worth it! My only break was my scheduled duty at the Pre-School for their first day of school. It was certainly a different experience for me (the youngest I've taught are Year 1) but they were friendly and didn't seem to mind that "Bec" had no idea what she was doing!

Tomorrow will be my first day at my new school with my new class. I'm trembling with equal parts trepidation, anticipation and excitement.

I've got 'before' and 'after' photos of my classroom to edit and post so that you can see all my hard work! 

I hope you all have a great start to the 2013 school year and enjoy getting to know all of your lovely students.
Bec :)