At 6:15, before the boys woke up, I took a little break and walked out onto the balcony to appreciate my scenic view for a few minutes.
This is the first time I've forgotten to take "before" photos, but rest assured, it was the usual mess of falling apart bulletin boards and desks all mashed up in a big pile in the middle of the room when I arrived on Monday morning.
The dear girl obliged, and faithfully followed up by email a few weeks before school return as I had instructed her to. (Not only that, but she also makes her own cosmetic products, and is TESL certified -- I can tell this is a good one, and I am sure she will be working full time in no time, but in the meantime, I hope to develop a symbiotic professional relationship!)
Brittany was a Godsend, almost single-handedly putting together my bulletin boards (I decided on the more cost- and time-effective fadeless paper route this time, rather than painting, but there still seemed to be a ridiculously large quantity of trim to cut and staple.... and then we ran out of staples on the first day and had to go begging for more!). She also did a goodly chunk of the cleaning out, sorting and labeling of lower cabinets. (Alex and I had done the upper ones earlier in the week.)
Since the school seems to be flush for manipulatives, and since my new classroom has ample storage, and since my "moving guy" with a van has had some health problems which precluded him from being as involved this year as in previous years, I elected to finally let go of my trusty, wooden math storage unit and blue bins filled with manipulatives that I have acquired over the years. ($1000 worth of stuff I sold for under $300 -- ahhh, but it makes me happy to empower another teacher, whose mental health and whose students will surely benefit from the availability of well organized, classroom-based manipulatives).
And it offset my own costs somewhat.
My new school/classroom comes with pros and cons. A few of both:
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My desks are grouped, my day plans are copied, materials for the first activity are sorted and set up, and I am ready for a few days of pastoral serenity.
PEI, here I come....