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It’s early Monday morning, Opening Day. It is still quite dark as I arrive at school, and the parking lot is empty save for our beloved custodian’s car. I know that Bob will have turned on all the hall lights, and so I trudge up the stairs laden down with the last of the back-to-school supplies. Our floors have been waxed to a high gloss, and everything looks sparkling clean. This is the only day of the school year when our floors and our building will look and smell this clean – 600 middle schoolers racing down these hallways, clamoring by their lockers, charging into and out of classrooms will change all this in one day flat. For that I am grateful. I love the lived-in look of a school in session – the smells and sounds of kids learning signals school life for me.
I have some time to do do one last check of my little corner in this building, first, my welcome bulletin board outside the classroom – festooned with letters from last years’ sixth graders (advice, often learned the hard way):
Next, my door – thank you Pinterest for this idea, because it is exactly what I wanted to be able to say:
And, thank you Pinterest for this, too – a wonderful idea to clelebrate all the places books take us:
Then I turn my sights to the book talk baskets – these are a few of the books I read over the summer, and really want to get in the hands of my new readers:
I look over the desks, the name tags with faces to learn, and try to see it through the eyes of my kids as they first walk into the room…is this a place they will want to live in for their sixth grade year? I hope so…
The reading area looks in order, with bookshelves organized to create a bit more room for those book orders that have yet to arrive, and I know that those two red bouncy chairs I purchased on a whim will be instant hits:
The bulletin boards are bare – awaiting all the work we will create, bit by bit. But our Writing Center is ready to go:
The new poetry books are tucked away in their corner of our library, too:
And my corner of the room is ready, as well – the Boston Red Sox banner sure as ever to elicit looks of dismay and horror from my New York Yankees leaning crowd.
Yes, I do believe I am ready for this school year to begin…