I got antsy today and went over to my school to take a look at my classroom. Yep, it was still there! I set my goal for the day: untangle all of the computer wires and cords that were not supposed to be unplugged. Well, they did get unplugged and were a mess to straighten out. It felt good to get it out of the way, though.
I've decided to set a goal each day until school starts so that it won't be so overwhelming once school officially starts back in 3 weeks. I don't know what goes on at other schools, but our district gives us just 1 1/2 days to get our rooms together. The rest of the week is spent in inservice. It's really hard to pay attention when we all need to be doing other things to get ready for the kids.
Anyway, other goals for the next few days: clean shelves and put books on them, unpack supplies that I ordered and organize my supply closet, set up furniture differently from last year, arrange centers, organize my desk, declutter, take care of bulletin boards, and get my rugs cleaned. That about does it until I can get my hands on a class list. When I do there will be other details to take care of.
Oh yeah, lesson plans. Once the room is done, I can finally settle down to work on those.
I wonder if others outside the profession realize how much needs to be done in order to be ready for a new batch of kids every year?