It's August 12th. That means, in theory, I should be able to get into my new school and new classroom sometime this week. From what I recall our contract states, the district promised to give us access 10 days before we officially report back. (This is important especially this year since countless people have changed grade levels and/or buildings and will need to move their things.) T-minus 10 days would be Wednesday.
A few colleagues from other buildings that I have worked in mentioned being able to get into their buildings today. I am beyond jealous. I haven't heard anything at all from the principal at my new building so I don't know what is going on. I'm itching to get myself into my room so I can at least see what I have to work with. I do not have the slightest idea if I will have manipulatives or any kind of materials at all...and that is going to make a big difference.
I told a friend of mine I really want to do three things: 1) see my new room and take pictures of it so I can come home and stare at them for hours and mentally plan my space, 2) get a look at furniture and/or materials available for me to use and 3) grab the math and reading TE for the first units. I certainly do not plan to start curriculum as quickly as I would with bigger kids BUT I want to have some guidelines for where I can expect my little friends to be.
I've said this before, but I will say it again. I am SO thankful for the blogging community and the teachers I know in person...because several of our interventionists have shared some ideas and things with me that are perfect for first grade. Things I never would have thought of because I've never had to.
I am DYING to get into my room. This week is crazy busy too so if I can get in there, mostly it will be simply to do the three things listed above. I have been going through all of my boxes in my barn loft and sorting and resorting. I am not taking anything into my new building that I won't be able to use. This means a lot of books will stay stored up there and a lot of papers and files from my years with big kids. I am not dragging it all to school to sit in a filing cabinet where I won't use it because it doesn't apply to little guys. Nope. Not going to happen.
Aside from that organizing and resorting, Middle Child has pre-band camp three nights this week which is something new our middle school is doing. I have to take my car into the mechanic for the third time in two weeks tomorrow and run The Oldest and The Youngest around to doctor's and dentist appointments this week. Finally, The Oldest and I drive to West Virginia on Friday for her freshman year of college. Whew!
Needless to say, there isn't going to be much time to do anything in my room even if I can access it....but being able to SEE it and get the TEs will help me a lot. I am such a visual person. I need to be able to SEE my space, take pictures of it and then manipulate on paper how I would arrange things to maximize what I have. The good news is, a colleague from Former School (I don't like calling it that *sniff*) worked at my new school a few years ago and said the K-1 rooms are H-U-G-E. So if that is true...that will be a blessing because I will have room for my stations and whatnot that I want to do.
I just need the prep time to be able to get in there. I don't want to harass my new principal too much but I am hopeful to hear from her by tomorrow so I can at least sneak in while doing errands this week.