* I submitted my action research project and a powerpoint presentation summarizing my research which was my last task to do before graduating with my master's this Saturday. The husband and I will watch my seniors graduate Saturday morning, and then we're road-tripping it to Arlington, TX so I can graduate Saturday evening. Hope to share my research on the blog soon!
* I finished my fourth year of teaching. The last few days were weird. Very few kids actually came to school. One kid brought a baby raccoon he had rescued. This is, by far, the coolest/weirdest creature I've ever had in my classroom!
* I survived this year's senior prank. While I don't approve of trashing the school (I am such a rule-follower), I did find the door decoration they left for me amusing.
* I packed up my classroom of four years in a million boxes. My superintendent said I haven't been teaching long enough to generate this much stuff.
* I unpacked my boxes of classroom stuff in my new classroom. I'm still teaching high school math, and I'm still teaching in Drumright. Due to a 1.3 billion dollar shortfall in the State of Oklahoma's budget, school funding is being cut drastically for next year. Many of the surrounding districts have been forced to go to a four-day school week next year to cope. Our school board chose to consolidate our middle school and high school into a single building in lieu of going to the four-day school week. Since the middle school is approximately 6 years old and the high school is almost 100 years old, it made sense to move the high school to the middle school. To help accomodate the high school at the middle school, we also had to move the 6th grade to the elementary school.
Here are pics of my new classroom. Want to know what I'm most excited about? Cabinets, cabinets, and more cabinets! My old classroom had zero storage. I had to rely on filing cabinets, a storage cabinet, and crates to store everything. I still got to bring all those things from my old room, but I have an entire wall of storage.
At the moment, I've just stuck stuff on the shelves and in the cabinets randomly. They're coming to clean the carpets in a couple of weeks, so my main goal was to get everything out of the boxes. Paranoid me is still afraid they'll ask me to change classrooms for some reason, so all my moving boxes are sitting on top of the cabinets at the moment. I promise they'll be gone before school starts. (And, there are a lot more boxes there than it looks like. My husband painstakingly stacked as many smaller boxes into larger boxes as he could.)
I'm also SUPER-excited about the counter-top. It'll be perfect for organizing copies for the week!
I've got a window I need to sew some curtains for this summer. First, I need to make a to-do list for this summer!
I've got two doors in my classroom. One leads to the hall. It's shown above. The other door leads into the other math classroom. It's shown below. I also need to make curtains to keep students looking from one math classroom to the other.
I've got a lot of decisions to make about decorating my classroom this summer. In my old classroom, I had a giant dry erase board that my parents bought me off craigslist and some bulletin boards they made me. I need to figure out which of these can be moved to my new classroom.
Then, you know me. I have to make new posters and decorations for next year, too.
Super-looking forward to sharing finished classroom pics come August!