David was able to come to the High School with me and help me arrange the entire room. We did shove some things in my cabinet. I hope that I will be able to get to them during the first week of school. I’m also waiting to find out if the building will be open on Jan. 2 so that I can finish arranging things and make copies. Otherwise, I will need to get to school very early on the 3rd.
Currently there are no posters on my walls. I did buy a few things and hope to get them together in the next day or two. I have crates for the kids to keep notebooks (for writing) in and folders for Independent work. I need to pick up some more file folder labels. I have a number of things that I will leave for the copy room staff, but there are some things that I will need the first day.
My classroom has an enormous panel of skylights. It is, I think the best thing about the room. I am certain that with Colorado weather, I won’t need to turn on the lights every day. The bad thing about my classroom is that it has a chalkboard. That in itself wouldn’t be bad, the bad part come in because my classroom ONLY has a chalkboard. No whiteboard, just a chalkboard. Apparently, the chalkboard/blackboard was first used around 1801 (the information on the history of the chalkboard/blackboard was very interesting and you can read it here). It is sad that more than 200 years later there is still one in my classroom, especially when there are newer and better options. But, I am not going to bemoan what is. The one thing that I asked Chris for, for Christmas, was a chalkholder. I knew that it wouldn’t be easily found as I am sure that there are few schools that still use chalkboards.