Gearing Up & You're a WINNER!!

Whew! I spent about 3 hours in my room tonight. We were painting the bulletin boards and doing a bit of construction work. (Who knew you'd need contracting skills to teach?! haha!). We actually primed the boards last night and put on the first coat of paint tonight. I forgot to take a before pic....but here's the after. It's a very lovely, nice crisp light blue. The name of the color is Love Birds hahaha! Don't you just love then names they come up with for paint colors?

Here's where the construction work comes in.....

This is my ninth year teaching. I've been a 1st/2nd Grade looping teacher (love it!), but this year, I'm starting a new adventure! I'm going to be teaching a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Multi-age class. But there's a twist.
I'm also team teaching with my good friend (who has moved to the classroom next to me). She's also teaching a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Multi-age class.

So...think 50 kiddos...two teachers. 

We are super excited! We're actually removing one of the wall panels between our rooms. THAT'S where the construction comes in. These wall panels are supposed to be able to fold & slide accordion-style so that you can open the walls between the rooms. But, these walls hadn't been moved in years, and we discovered that years of wax had them stuck tight! We persevered however!
Here's a pic of the wall 'gone'. I took this from the far corner of my room looking across my teamie's room. (Ignore all the other crap important pieces of furniture that will soon be in their organized places!)

 
Now that we've got that wall thing settled, I can get in there and really set things up! My goal is to get it all done by Monday since I have a full week of training next week, and open house is the week after. Phew!

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9 comments:

  1. I am jealous that you get to paint things in your room!sounds like a fun adventure you are on!

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    1. This is the first year I've been able to paint. New principal last year & she gave the okay at the end of the year. Yay! So excited about not messing with paper!!

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  2. That's a lot of hard work, good for you! I just got kicked out of my room and need to move EVERYTHING into my new room. Yikes!
    So pumped about the giveaway!

    Irene
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

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    1. Boo! I hate that we have to re-build every year! On the other hand...I love the re-designing! ;)
      It does give me the opportunity to purge, though! Gotta love that!!

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  3. I would love do paint and break down the walls! How much fun that would be! My best friend and I did that with 4th and 5th graders. We had a 20 month classroom and the parents had to sign that they would be committed to the program for 2 years. It was awesome, but oh so hard to let them go to 6th grade!!! About the construction? I have been working in my room and thought the same thing when I looked at my toolbox. But it is so important to be able to be handy! Our custodian knows that when I ask for something, I have absolutely tried all I possibly could think of before calling him. I get great service! :) Enjoy your customized classroom! What a JOY!!!

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    1. That sounds great, Darily! Ours will be very similar...we'll actually keep these kiddos all through 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, so we'll have them for 3 years. I actually have a couple of the kiddos I looped 1st & 2nd with. It'll for sure be hard to let them go after three years, I know!

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  4. I am in a shared space with four grades and 4 teachers. It is great most of the time - you need to have a pre-nup before you start. I should blog about this. We share planning, organising and everything!
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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    1. "Pre-nup"! hahahaha! I love that Paula! I'll have to tell my teamie about that one! You should blog about it! Great idea!

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