Yes, as you can see...I'm procrastinating this morning.
I have been on Facebook, more than once.
I have read all the current blog posts, more than once.
I have gone onto Pinterest, more than once.
And now I am doing my Currently blog post....don't worry, I won't do it more than once (even though, it is tempting).
Can you tell I am avoiding something?
It is that wonderful time of year.
No, it's not Christmas again!
It's time for that "O" word.
You know the word I'm talking about.
The word that every teacher dreads to hear.
Have you guessed it yet?
Now, after twenty years in the classroom, you would think that I would be fine with the "O" word.
In the past, I have always been fine with it.
I would tell them to stop in anytime they wanted and they would see me in action!
But now, someone has come up with a new process that they believe will BE BETTER AT DETERMINING A TEACHER'S LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE (You know...there is always a better way to do something.)
Because we all know that observing a teacher only once "in action" with a few additional 5 minute walk throughs will provide any administrator with adequate information on that teacher's ability to instruct. Right?
Oh, and did I mention that we have to write a dissertation as well. You know, prior to the visit so that administration will know EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TEACHING AND HOW WE ARE DOING IT.
I am sure MANY of you are going through this process as well and are experiencing the same level of frustration regarding the new process.
I guess it is just my time to VENT about it.
I don't know how you feel, but as an educator, I personally feel that my time would be better spent doing other things to prepare for instruction, than spending six hours writing a dissertation on ONE LESSON.
But as I often say...."It is what it is!"
So, as always, I will NOW bite my lip and do what is expected of me.
AND....I WILL ROCK MY OBSERVATION!
For those of you who have stuck with me, thanks for giving me the time to vent.
Now, I am off.
Today I will clean my house (I have never been so excited to clean.)
I will do loads of laundry (I might actually let the kids roll around in dirt in their clean clothes just so I can have extra laundry to do.)
And, at some point today...
I will WRITE MY DISSERTATION (unless my computer decides to CRASH).
And, although, I am a little behind on this linky, I still wanted to participate.
It just took me a little longer than I thought to complete. I don't understand why...it's not like we don't have any meetings, parent conferences, paperwork, carpool duty, lesson planning, professional developments (I am a common core leader and teach lessons once a month for my faculty)....I think you get the picture.
So here are the before pictures of my teacher space...
My teacher space (no desk)
My work basket and essential tools
My Sterlite towers that store just about everything that I need.
My two file cabinets with paper organizer on top.
My sub communication corner.
Has anything posted that a sub may need to know (seating plan, how they get home, clinic passes, referrals, daily schedules, bus colors, etc.).
My assessment files and my trash can (that drives me crazy).
What do I like about my teacher space:
I love my Sterlite drawers. I have EVERYTHING that I could possibly need to teach and plan right behind me.
I love that I use my small group table as my desk. It keeps me from allowing the clutter to build up.
I love my essential tool basket on my desk. You can't see it from the picture, but it has a starfish glued to the front. I made it a few years ago. It has grading markers, pens, pencils, stickers, parent notes, clinic passes, referrals. It's right within reach.
What would I change in my teacher space:
I am not sure if you can see from the picture, but I have one more Sterlite tower on the other side of my file cabinet. It seems so out of place there. It's lonely! I need to get it with the others (my OCD talking).
I HATE my garbage can sticking out. It is ALWAYS in my way and it is ugly! I need to find it a home WHERE I WON'T TRIP OVER IT.
My sub communication center always looks so cluttered to me. I need to re-evaluate it and see what I need to do.
I would love to paint or cover my file cabinets but that will have to be a summer project. No time to tackle that right now.
So, I spent a LITTE TIME, re-organizing my teacher space and here are my AFTER pictures...
A clean table.
* still has my essential supplies basket and my work basket.
* the clipboard houses my lesson plans for the week.
* I LOVE my hot pink chair (IKEA find).
The top of the Sterlite towers.
* Small Sterlite drawers & assessment files.
* Notice the small fan (essential at my age...hot flashes)
* I love my assessment notebooks; I covered them with duct tape and added hot pink ribbon.
My Sterlite Towers-LOVE!
* I moved the 4th one over.
* LOOK! I had room for the trash can to the side. It's not sticking out any more!
* All labeled-LOVE!
*Summer project...glue paper to the front of each drawer (on the inside) so you can see the labels better.
My file cabinets and paper organizer
* pink and blue baskets house I-pod stations (they come out daily).
* snack jars on top
Small Sterlite drawers
*Note the missing drawer (another teacher has it, these drawers house my easy readers)
My awards and gift shelves
*these shelves my husband installed
*they house all my awards and special gifts from students over the years.
A bare wall?
Use to be my sub communication center.
All of those papers are now housed in a binder.
I like how clean this looks.
I plan on making this an "I Can" wall to celebrate my student's accomplishments.
Here is a look at the clean teacher space...
Overall, I am pleased with the outcome. Oh, and my summer project list seems to be growing...I even added to make a table skirt to hide extra clutter and maybe even make those cute crate seats.
So that's my teacher space.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my little home away from home. I hope you link up with Clutter Free Classroom and share some of your organizational ideas. That way my summer to-do list can keep growing. LOL!
I don't know about you...but I am so glad it is Friday.
Wow! What a busy week!
And...it doesn't look like it is going to slow down next week for me either.
Therefore, I am hoping that this weekend goes by very S L O W L Y!
It's February! You know what that means...time to link up with Farley for the new Currently.
Here is what is happening with me...
Amazingly I only posted three of my pet peeves. I have MANY (Remember, I am diagnosed with OCD).
Out of these three, the one that drives me the craziest would be the cushions being a mess on the couch.
And believe me, having two kids and a dog, they seem to be disheveled every time I come in the room. I have tried to ignore them, but to no avail...I MUST FIX THEM!
Anyone else like this?
Also, I could surely use a "Snow Day" here in Florida! We came close today! We actually had frost on our windshields this morning. Yes, frozen condensation in Florida. Amazing!
My daughter actually shoved me out of the way as she bombarded out the door to go play with the FROST on the car before school.
However, my native, Floridian dog walked out into the yard to do her morning "business" and as soon as she stepped on the frozen grass she turned around and hightailed it back in without doing her "duty." She just stood there staring at me as if to say "Can't you go warm it up with a hairdryer or something!" She would NEVER survive in snow.
Do you have any Pet Peeves? Have you had any snow days this year?