I'm going nuts with my classroom setting up this year, complete with a "Corner of Zen," which currently features a funky piece of Ikea carpet, a couple of bookcases full of books the kids can check out from my "library," the Staples "That Was Easy!" button, and will soon include a betta in a goldfish bowl, a plant, and a beanbag chair or a garage sale chair I might find this weekend (anyone in Baltimore have a funky grandpa's basement type of chair they're looking to get rid of? Give me a shout out). I need to find some magnetic poetry and hopefully some of those bigger alphabet letters to put on the chalkboard - I think I'm actually going to call it the "Corner of Zen."
I think I'm going nuts so much because I'm appreciating having a classroom more than ever before after my horrible year floating last year. Or maybe it's because I'm overcompensating for how ill-prepared I'm feeling to teach the classes I've been assigned to teach this year. I also have this sense that kids are stressed out, and will be this year, and I want my classroom to be a little bit different - it's own little world. Nothing says "own little world" like a betta I'll name Harper Lee.
Maybe I'll remember to bring in my digital camera and post some classroom photos as I'm creating it.
Off to buy a miniature refrigerator. Yup, I'm really going all out. Plus, it sure is nice to have cold water throughout the day.
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