Of course, for me and most teachers in Michigan, the coming of Labor Day always marks the end of summer, which is always a bittersweet time. I've been going back and forth to my classroom for over two weeks now and today I can say it is finally finished and ready for students.
I always love going to my classroom before school starts to work on getting it ready. It speaks of new beginnings and anticipation for the year ahead. What will my students be like? Will this be a fun year? A difficult year? An exhausting year?
Last school year was my reward for the four previous years that had been incredibly exhausting. As a new teacher I finally hit my stride at year five and I was also rewarded with an amazing group of kids who worked so well together that they made my life such a breeze.
We'll have to see what surprises this year brings for me.
Hopefully my new students will find my classroom a safe and nurturing environment and it helps them to grow as students and as people. I know this room has watched me grow leaps and bounds in the last five years.
|What you see when you enter my room|
|I love all the windows in my room! In fact, the lights are on in this picture, but most of the time they're off because it gets so much light.|
|View from the back of the room looking into the hallway|
|My classroom library that's so big it doesn't all fit on these gorgeous built-in bookshelves|
|Classroom library overflow|
|My small YA collection for the mature readers, plus some picture books and poetry books|
|All of my doubles and class sets for literature circles|
|Extra bookshelf with more hardcovers|
|My picture collection|
|Reading nook and conference area|
|I inherited this from our school librarian who didn't want it anymore. I gladly took it for my paperback overflow!|
|Graffiti wall idea I got from Donalyn Miller on Twitter. Students will write their favorite book quotes on here. I can't wait to see what they come up with!|
Just looking at these pictures gets me excited about what this year holds. At the very least I hope I can help convert a few non-readers into book lovers. For all the teachers going back into the classroom or who are already back in the classroom, I hope you have an amazing year filled with productive and engaged students.