Every year I get that little (ok big) feeling of panic. How will I get this all in order and make it into what I want/need in just a few weeks? I take deep breaths and keep on trucking. Eventually all is well and I always make it happen.
This year I moved and holy macaroni and cheese is my room a disaster!! Last year I was switched to 3rd grade with the know that I would/could teach 4th again the following year. So, I didn't switch most of my materials out. I just left things like my library alone knowing that I would be back to 4th. I was allowed to stay in the same room and all. Well, long story short I fell in love with 3rd grade and I decided to stay. Which meant moving all that I had and actually converting it to 3rd.
This meant really converting my library. I'm reorganizing my books and storing away the higher level books. Last year I found that even 3rd graders who could read a higher level still struggled with staying engaged in longer text. I'm going to tuck some higher levels away in the cupboard until the end of the year when some of my gifted readers build ample stamina.
The rest of my room is a little better off but the bulletin boards haven't been touched. I'm going to consider these my before pics. I hope this will motivate me to put some hustle in my bustle. I have three little ones under 7 and they DO NOT get excited about going in to work on mommies room.
I know the rest of you are experiencing similar feelings. It's nice to know I'm not alone! I was going to do a before/after photo linky party but I know that Leslie from Kindergarten Works is starting one on Monday. I plan to link up to that one. Maybe it will get me moving a little faster.
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