Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Classroom--The First Visit

As you may have read, I have been gradually building a huge pile of stuff that needs to find its way back to my classroom over the next month.  I thought maybe I'd take a little run up there (I work about 20 miles away, so trips require a little thought), drop the supplies off, and take inventory.  I promised myself no more than a two hour visit--which wasn't hard to do because the air conditioning wasn't on and I dropped a bookshelf on my toe.  Two hours was plenty, thank you very much.  I thought I'd give you a little "scrapbook" of my two hours.

So . . . I forgot how much stuff I stashed up here before leaving that last day.  UGH.

View from the door.  I left so much stuff up on the walls.  Lots of it needs to come down.  UGH.

I walked over to my reading area and see that I wasn't clear enough on the map I left for the custodians about which book shelf goes where.  I needed to move all of the brown ones.  Remember the part above about dropping the bookshelf on my toe?  This is about the time when this happened.

How does that saying go?  Necessity is the mother of invention or something like that?  Well--it was necessary for me to move fully loaded bookshelves.  I made a track using 2 meter sticks and slid them.  It worked well 96% of the time.

As I was moving bookshelves I looked up and realized that they had to take EVERYTHING down from the ceiling and my windows.  I needed to rehang my little curtains.  SIGH.

OK...bookshelves moved.  Now I need to muster the energy to move all the book bins onto the remaining shelves.  Remember the first photo with all the stuff up above my cabinets?  Yeah--that's where the bins are.  Remember the photo above about 96% success?  The 4% of failure helped me decide to wait on this.

I did find enough energy to head into the storage room and grab my pillow tubs.  I love just using regular cheap bed pillows and pillowcases. I can wash those covers any time I want!
I went and grabbed my chairs and little table out of storage . . .
My final task was to rehang the curtains.  Sigh.  

Isn't it frustrating to realize how much there is to do?  Every job I got finished generated eleven more jobs!  I will be back again in the next week or so and will give  you another update.  Maybe I can finish my reading area (by the way . . . moving my book bins made me want to make new labels for all my bins.  Talk me out of it.  Please.) and start to tackle some space planning.

Other odds and ends . . . Charity Preston over at The Organized Classroom selected one of my blog posts to include in her back to school magazine!  I was particularly pleased to see it linked on the cover--I've been published! :)  If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link you can use to purchases Charity's magazine.  Charity's Magazine

New products . . . I will blog about this over the next few days, but I have added two new versions of my academic learning behaviors posters.  Someone really wanted a customized set of turquoise and lime so I made those, and a friend of mine suggested that I make a lower ink version as well.  Those are both in my store if you are interested.  Again, I'll blog about these in a day or two, but here are the links if you want to check them out.

Hope all of you are having a great week!  I can't believe July is almost over!


  1. Hi Meg!
    I love your reading nook! It looks so cozy :) Thanks for the ideas about the track and meter sticks (I'll definitely need to use that!) and using regular pillow cases over pillows (genius!)

    Congrats on being a published author--I can't wait to read it :)


  2. Your classroom looks really great! I can't get over the size of your room and I'm so envious of your class library.

    Congrats on having a post in OC magazine!

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  3. I loved looking at all your photos! (It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one with a HUGE amount of stuff! lol)
    I am going to borrow an idea from one of your photos: the adirondack chairs in your reading area! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! :0)

  4. HI Meg! Aren't you smart rolling the bookshelf on some long rulers! But next time bring some big beefy men to do that and maybe some steel-toed boots.
    Whimsy Workshop

  5. Your existing labels look great... don't do it! I find that I'm in the middle of a job, spot a new job, leave the first job in the middle and start the next until... I see a third job... See the pattern?
    Grade 4 Buzz

  6. It made me smile to see the Badger and Brewer pennants in your first pic! I would say I miss WI, but I'm here visiting family and friends for the next week...I love my home state :)
    The Poole Pages

  7. My floors are being waxed this week and I am dying to get in my room! I have that same brown bookcase and a student sat on it last year! :( I know what you mean about finding another job in the middle of one job and then another and another... haha!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. I'm in Texas, where everything is bigger, except 4th grade classrooms! *Sigh* I can't believe I'm saying this, but you're so lucky to be able to get in early. We're still banned by the custodians from stepping foot on campus until they're done. :( We also are required to take EVERYTHING down from the walls, pack up our books, and stack our furniture in the middle of the room (think bonfire kindle :). I have a librarian friend who gifted me HUNDREDS of books this year. AND I may have to move rooms for the 5th year in a row! I can't wait to see how you put it all together!