Sunday, August 17, 2008

Going to School

On Friday I spent a few hours at school. I got to see my teaching space for the first time. I'm in a room shared with two other teachers. The room is divided into three sections with folding walls so that three teachers can work in the room at the same time. I'll be teaching special ed and this is often the set up for a special ed room or resource room.

This is the view from my desk. The blue wall is the folding wall. And the wood door heads to the hallway.
This is the view from the hall way door into my room. The open doorway heads to an OT(occupational therapy) room. I'm hoping it isn't used as a pass through since that will be disruptive. In my little space I have two boxes of materials, a desk, computer, table, chairs, 2 filing cabinets-one is broken and a computer for a student. I'm planning to head back on Monday morning to add a little bit of personality and to bring in my own materials as I know I'll need them!!!!
The little fake window above my desk is going to be turned into a cork board and will have things that inspire me like family pictures, favorite things and a sign that says "Progress not perfection." To remind me that everyday I should make a little more progress but not to strive for perfection. It's a lesson I need to learn! Finding a balance between home and work will be my biggest challenge this year.
In the afternoon I'm teaching a preschool class that will be held in a different classroom. I haven't seen that space yet and haven't talked to the administrators or other preschool teacher about what that program will look like. Good thing I have some experience and can fly by the seat of my pants because I think that's what I'll be doing for the first little bit! Of course eventually it will all come together, it always does.
I start teacher workshops this Wednesday. Nature Girl is excited and can't wait for me to go to work so she can go play with her friends next door! That's not the reaction I expected but I'll take it!!! It seems I'm the last one who was ready for me to go back to work but here I go. Wish me luck!