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The Monday trek up to my classroom is, by far, the most harried of the week. I know I should plan better, and that I don’t have to haul every little thing I think I will need for the week ahead in on Monday…especially a rainy Monday. I was thinking these sensible thoughts yesterday morning at 6:45 a.m., just as I was lugging five bags up the staircase to my room. I was also remembering a Monday not too long ago that had begun in this exact way, and had netted me a fancy Rolex. I wasn’t sure what this Monday had in store for me, although I was wishing desperately that the elevator was on the parking lot side of our building and be of some use to me.
So, what was in those bags (half of which are displayed below) and why do I persist in such Monday morning foolishness?
First, reading journals all read, commented upon, and graded:
Next, a collection of succulent plants I’d seen at Trader Joe’s. I am not sure why I thought that I needed more plants for my classroom, but it had seemed like a great idea when I was standing in front of them…it seemed like a necessary idea…and so…
I also needed to restock the candy jar which I use for the occasional
Then there were the books I’d previewed for my kids and were ready for book talks and display:
There were also my Reading, Writing, and Social Studies notebooks, and my plan book:
And, finally supplies for my classroom:
The one thing I forgot? That would be my Monday flowers…still sitting on the kitchen island…
…waiting for Tuesday morning.