Tick Tock

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It’s time.  For most teachers in my area, late August means gathering bulletin board paper and trim and heading into the classroom to start preparing.  For this particular educator, however, the same time period means I am all but done.  There are a few items left on my punch list, but everything that could be completed has been completed.

Prepare yourself for photo bombardment.  Sometimes I just like to post pics so I’ll have a record of them somewhere.  Early NEXT August, I’ll be referring to them!

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Turquoise + red + black = happy

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Shirley makes me happy!

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My little Shirley-and-her-teacher corner

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Book baskets…tons and tons of them.

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One of my fave corners of the room.

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Books and toy storage. #easilyaccessible

#hollywood

#hollywood

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Attention to detail!

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Writing strategy beanie babies

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I wish the plastic workboxes matched the decor, but you take what you can get!

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Reading strategy beanie babies

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My girl and her teacher

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Front of the room. Popcorn yellow pom poms!

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I love those mini blackboard easels. Not sure what purpose they’ll serve…

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My Wizard of Oz homage

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Hollywood’s Favorite Kids – mine too!

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Mr. Oscar surveys the room

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Ready for visitation

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The star on the bathroom door says “Dressing Room!”

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More writing beanie babies

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Another fave spot

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More of the kids

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Like Riding a Bike

Actually, I’m sure it’s much, much easier – haven’t been on a bike since the seventies, I think.

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I’m talking about getting back to school.

Not the routine of school – that won’t start for quite a few weeks yet.  I mean the thinking-about-school mindframe that leaves most (important word, here!) teachers in July.  And because my July was stuffed with Shirleyness, even I didn’t have room for too many of those school thoughts.

But they’re back.

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And so was I.  Although I’ve popped in a bit over the course of the summer, today was the first work-in-the-classroom day for me.  I hadn’t planned on it – thought I’d make a few copies in the office and head back home.  But the floors were waxed and the furniture replaced, and I was there anyway…..

I spent a few hours doing odds and ends, as well as reconnecting with some co-workers who obviously were in a similar mindset.  And now that I’m home, it’s all I can do to NOT be consumed with B2S. Lists are being made; schedules are prepared; lesson plan templates adjusted. And I know what comes next….those teacher dreams.  Why do I have 50 children in my class?  Why has my room been moved to the basement?  Where are my students?  Why am I teaching a new grade level?  Why are none of these students on my list?  I have had all of those dreams, and more.

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Such is the life of a teacher in August.  I’m really not complaining.