I finished up my week of classroom prep, meetings, and in-services, and I'm already discouraged with myself. My personal goal for this school year was to work hard while at school, and then let it go so I could be relaxed enough to enjoy my time at home. I have some work to do if I'm going to be successful. I had headaches most of the week, probably due to the dust and dirt that built up over the summer, and consequently, I was cranky and out of sorts every evening. I know I need some exercise to help me feel better, and yet I was so tired and felt so unwell that I wasn't able to do anything but sit on the couch. That has to change.
Look what a friend made me for my classroom:
I think it's so pretty! I hung it in my desk area so it's safe from accidental damage. As usual, I changed a few things around this year. I wasn't completely finished at the time of this photo, but it's close. The pink bulletin board is a sheet I bought at the thrift store and cut to fit. It's a little busier than usual, but I really liked the brightness of it. Once I put student work over it, I think it'll be okay, but if not, I can always change it out.
Other than my Snoopy flag, which I have used for over fifteen years, I haven't put much up on the walls yet, which is also a departure for me. I decided to focus on being prepared for the first week of classes to minimize my stress level, and that was a good decision. The decorating can evolve at a slower pace; after all, it's not that difficult to hot glue my posters to the walls, and maybe if I put them up a few at a time, the students might notice them more. It's worth a try.
My co-teacher, Terri, spent the summer in Nevada, and on a trip to California, visited a yarn store solely to buy me a skein of yarn! She isn't a knitter so she told the shop owner to pick out something I'd love and they suggested this gorgeous skein. I love it! We co-taught two inclusion classes of juniors last year and are doing it again this year, something we are both super excited about because we work so well together.
I am hoping to spend the weekend resting and getting some exercise, so I can start off the year with lots of energy. I want to get to the beach and play a little tennis, but I'm not sure the weather is going to cooperate, so I may need to figure something else out.
Hope your weekend is a good one!