Our students have been back in school here for almost a month now, but for most of the country, school does not begin until after Labor Day. So I have been saving this post until Labor Day was on the horizon. It is unreal how many of you are teachers or retired teachers! So this post is for all you educators. (But the rest of you are more than welcome to continue reading! :))
If you were following Talk of the House last spring, you learned that I have been an elementary teacher with a homeroom for all 31 years of my teaching career. And it’s no secret that I am a workaholic (like many teachers) whose normal school day includes an excessive number of after-school and on-the-weekend hours. There have been numerous changes in education in the last three decades. The demands placed on regular ed teachers in our county (and probably elsewhere) have become practically humanly impossible to meet – including some additional ones that were put in place for this year.
It was because of all of this that I asked my administration to move me to a math teaching position that became available at the end of last school year. And let me tell you, this is the best thing I could have ever done! I am soooooo loving it. One of my friends said that I “have a new lease on life.” Another one commented to me the other day, “It is like you have dancing shoes on all the time now.” 🙂 Pretty good, huh? Moving into this position required that I change classrooms, and I want to show you where this math girl now resides, but first let me show you my old third grade room again that I had last year.
Now this was my new room when I moved into it in June.
I had never seen so many math manipulatives and school supplies before! It took six days during my summer break working in there to organize it all. (I am so thrilled to have this job, I would have spent every day of the summer to get it ready if I had needed to!) So here is the door to my new classroom…
(Our entire hall has silhouettes of children down it that we all made from bulletin board paper.)
Come on inside and take a look around the new room.
I obviously recycled much of my classroom decor.
The “fake” chalkboards are large chart tablet boxes that are covered with black bulletin board paper. I rubbed chalk all over them to give them an “older” effect before writing on them.The cabinets are now filled with math manipulatives organized by topic (decimals, fractions, geometry, etc.)
The big books are old outdated law books that I covered in paper and gave imaginary math titles.
And that concludes our classroom tour. Since we are on a back-to-school post, I wanted to show you our daughter’s dorm room today, too. (You are such fast learners you just graduated from elementary school and are now heading to college! :))
Keep in mind that these are her decorating ideas and her color choices. She and her roommate decided on everything. The only things I did were: put ribbon on the lamp shade, make the ribbon hangers on the letter and bulletin board, and spray paint the wicker trunks (and pay for things!) She did the photo collages.
Here is her desk.
Her roommate was trying to study when I interrupted her to take photos.
And here is our daughter wearing pink that matches their room decor.
So now you have been to an elementary school and college in today’s post. Since we are celebrating all things back-to school, it is time for your test question from this teacher:
What was your best/favorite subject in school?
(Mine was math!)
Looking forward to your answers!