Welcome to my Nightmare!
Posted by mrsmelva on 02/07/2009
I went to the school for a few minutes this afternoon and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in my room and the total disorganization. Where, oh where to start. It is a disaster area and I need to clear the counter area so that maintenance can install my dishwasher, which will also involve changing the cupboards. The dishes (and a lot of other stuff) are in the bootroom. I also need to have the bootroom shelves and hooks changed, plus a lot of other fiddly work that I will need the janitors to help me with.
This is the stuff that has to be moved first so that they can deal with the dishwasher and cupboards. The sand and water tables are in the far left corner by the window, near the bootroom door. Under all the stuff there is a blue line that the janitors painted on the floor before they waxed it. I was going to have them paint a sweeping square too, but didn’t know where I wanted it due to the maintenance work, but I will figure that out for next year. They are very good about painting things on the floor for me and then waxing over them. In my old room I had beautiful circles on the floor.
This looks toward the other corner which will have science and nature. I need to have my shelves removed from the wall in the old room and mounted on the wall here, and the tall shelf needs to be anchored to the wall. the orange bulletin boards will be covered. That’s another problem, I am losing a lot of bulletin board space so I don’t know how I will display the kids’ work. I will be requesting another one in the hallway, but it will have to wait until next year. The pink chair is my Author’s chair. I will move it near the rug (covered in stuff), up against the big bulletin board, along with my teacher chart stand. I will have my book displays mounted under the bulletin board.
These will be my math shelves. Everything on them is math related except some of the red drawers (need to separate the units), but not everything is staying on the shelves to be out at once. I did put it onto the shelves (well, actually my helpers did) so that I could see what I have and how it fits. My helpers started putting language things on the shelves too, mixed with the math, but I just took them off and will set up language on some other shelves.
I will probably use this shelf for language, but it needs a better location. The art shelf needs a location, but it is on wheels and is pretty much still set up.
There’s my desk, in the corner. Hopefully I can get the shelf fixed to hold my binders. The computer desk for the school computer (required for attendance, rarely works for anything else) is directly behind mine so in theory I can just turn my chair around and enter my attendance. The printer is mine, I use it with my laptop mainly to print pictures of the kids.
The new stove and fridge are right next to the door, my desk is to the far left of them. They will not be near the sink/dishwasher/cupboards, but I will find a way to make things work for snack and practical life. My microwave stands will go between the stove and the big brown shelf, holding the microwave, toaster and coffee pot. The trolleys with bins of art supplies and student supplies will probably butt up to the big brown shelf and I will have to decide which way I want the student supply bins to face. Paint (large containers) will go on top so that I don’t pile junk on the flat surfaces!
I ordered 6 of these small tables which I can arrange in different ways to accommodate the kids in different areas. I will still have them working on the floor a lot too, if there is any floor left when I have all the stuff set up!
I ordered 2 of these small group tables, they are much smaller than the ones that I had before. I ordered 2 hoping that I will have a special needs tutor or an assistant, but I am not holding my breath on that.
I have a lot fo work to do to get this room ready, it is very disappointing to be moved after all the work I put into setting up the other classroom, but I am determined to make this a great classroom for my students. I will probably make changes throughout the year as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. I will be definitely trying to arrange it so that it is more closely aligned with a true Montessori set up. This past year, one of the mistakes I made was not clearly defining what materials went on what shelf according to the curriculum areas. I mainly organized them more for location of use or for where shelf space was available. Having the materials better organized and categorized should help the children make selections and should help me observe the children.
I did spend a little time today learning a few more tricks in my spreadsheet program for working with my class lists. I am beginning to get excited about my new class and my new room, but mainly about the class (kids).