In my last school, I always got a letter each year from the principal, welcoming everyone back and letting us all know when we could enter the building early. I used to go in for a day or two with my colleagues and work on my classroom-- cleaning, decorating, putting up colorful paper, adding personal touches*, and of course organizing. Last year, at my current school I went in for a professional week in August. This year I will be doing none of those things.
It took seven years, but as I begin my eighth year teaching, I feel confident that I can put together a room worthy of the "Best Classroom Environment" awards I used to win at my old school during our two days at work without students. Even if that means I work through lunch in between professional developments and stay an hour or two after work. Maybe this is me trying to hold on to summer just a little bit longer; regardless seven years has gifted me the ability to not worry about things that will get done. Setting up a room, writing out a list of
On that note, time to pack for my next vacation.
* I love color and vibrant prints, so past classrooms have included curtains made from fabric purchased at discounted rates and cloth over the teacher's desk and other surfaces.
** In other words, control in terms of classroom management is when the students make the right decision without your prodding. This of course is a result of teaching routines and procedures, giving consequences and the like.