Thursday, August 14, 2014

August--how I love, and hate, you.

I think Michael Scott accurately depicts the feeling teachers have when August rolls around...

If you're like me, the moment you realize it's August 1st, you immediately have a slight panic attack, followed by butterflies, followed by a pit in your stomach. And, the school nightmares begin. I've already had one: it was meet the teacher night, and an hour before it started, they told me I was switching classrooms. So, I had meet the teacher night in a closet filled with boxes. It was terrifying, and so believable! I hate those dreams. August comes around and suddenly you're mourning the end of summer, but, whether you admit it or not, you're actually kind of excited about starting a new year and getting your classroom ready for a new bunch of kiddos.

I've made a few changes in my room this year, and I'm so thrilled with how it has turned out. I don't usually like to do a "themed classroom", but I do love cutesy nautical stuff, so I've decided to bring that love into the classroom. But I tried to do so without going overboard on the decor. I like to keep my classroom simple, and only put up displays that are meaningful and useful. I especially have to be particular in what I choose to display because I'm in a learning cottage (trailer), so space is limited and valuable. I have to say, I love the way it turned out!

Here are a few sneak peeks of my classroom. I'll do a full classroom post soon!