Thursday, June 25, 2015

Changing Classrooms (and grades) ... Again!

After 5 years in 1st grade, I am moving on up to 2nd grade. Anyone that knows me, knows I am not a static person and thrive on change and challenge, so I am super excited! However, I HATE moving classrooms! Uuugh! It takes forever to get reorganized. There are a few good things that come with moving though....

1. It forces me to purge. I left SpEd 9 years ago, and still have a few things I have been hanging on to, but have not used in at least 5 years. While packing and unpacking, I am forced to evaluate whether or not I really need these items. I have purged quit a bit already.

2. It forces me to think about my classroom management and structure. What works, what doesn't work, what do I want to change and what needs to stay the same. The layout of a classroom is a huge factor in how well managed the class is. 

3. I am forced to grow my PLN. I love the first grade teachers I connect with, but now I get to seek out and connect with a whole new group of teachers with new ideas and outlooks!

4. Even though it tires me to me, it also energizes me to makeover my classroom and teaching space. 

I have several piles around the room that look like this!

So wish me luck. It is the end of June and I am heading back in today to get some more work done. I hope I can make a huge dent in my pile of stuff and my To Do list!

If anyone has any good moving advice for, please share!