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Monday, May 27, 2013


Summer! (Cue music--singing from the mountaintop!)

Nine weeks off.

Time to relax, read, sleep--all those things I've been missing.

Today is actually my first day of vacation. I'm not counting the weekend although I didn't have to grade papers, make lesson plans, write newsletters, update the class website, etc.

You would think I could turn my "teacher brain" off but it isn't working. After taking apart my classroom I began (gasp) thinking of how it should look next year. I am tired of blue and green. I am tired of polka dots. But the dilemma is that next year will probably be my last year teaching. Why would I want to spend $$$ on decorating? Well, I can rationalize that this last year will be forever etched in my memory. (Dramatic)

I have been looking at this:    

Things I like: 

  • The brightness.
  • The banner flags.
  • The similarity of colors.
Things I am tired of:
  • Blue and green polka dots.
  • Polka dots.
  • The word wall across the top of the whiteboard.
  • The falling apart chair covers.
I am loving chevron. So I ran to Hobby Lobby last week and they have several "new" colors of chevron. Yellow, aqua, yellowish-green so different from my green currently used, red, navy blue, and gray. I purchased two yards of the aqua and yellowish green. I was thinking I could incorporate it into the use of my blue fabric bulletin boards so I wouldn't have to spend $$$ replacing those.

I was inspired by this:

You can see the actual tour here. Tunstall's teaching inspires me. Her room seems so calm!

I felt better when I saw that Amy Lemon was having the same need to thinking of how to set up her classroom...and...she visited Hobby Lobby also. And she picked up the yellow chevron. Read about her thoughts here

I did remove the fabric lined word wall above my whiteboard. I had already purchased the chevron alphabet so I printed those off, laminated, and hung them before I left last week. Already it is beginning to look less "cluttered". I am thinking of making the word wall similar to Tunstall's. They will be more accessible and at eye level for the kids. Sorry no pictures because I am sitting in the recliner with my laptop. I am not at school!

Have a great day!

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