Friday, June 1, 2012

Ramblings from a hopeful teacher!

     So not much else new going on in the world of employment, well other than my office job (and let me tell you if I have learned one thing here in 5 summers, it is that I never want to have a boring office job!)

     Anyways, I did have some excitement earlier this week, while everyone else is working on cleaning out their rooms for the summer, this girl already had her last day of school with my adorable student teaching kiddos and is currently lusting over everyone else's posts that still have students! Well earlier this week I received a phone call from a good friend of mine's mom whom is a teacher and is not returning back to the classroom in the fall and chose me to come do inventory of her leftover "teacher stuff". This may not seem as exciting to some of you as to me, but as a new and incoming teacher I LOVE teaching supplies and have worries of how I will ever be able to fill, decorate, and fully arm my first classroom, but with wonderful ladies like this whom allow me to take her extras off her hands I hope it will be no problem!

     So a question for all of you veteran teachers, think back to when you first started, how did you go about gathering materials and setting up your room for your first year of teaching?


  1. There were so many things left from the teacher before me, I already had most of what I needed! My suggestion would be to just try and depend on your team for help...they can really teach you a lot! I teach special ed and don't have a team per se, but I lean on the first grade teachers and my school a lot and they are nothing but AMAZING! One of them has an awesome blog... You should go see her (and me ;-) )!
    -Claire @

  2. Thanks so much for the encouragement Claire! And I'm heading over to both right now! :)

  3. I remember those days. Like Claire said, the teacher before you or the ones you work with will help you out tremendously. I actually walked into a situation where both of the fourth grade teachers were brand new. Then the same thing happened to me when I moved to third grade. The other teachers in the school and principals were super understanding and helped me out tremendously. I just finished my first year as a reading specialist with no "team" either. I work a lot with the teachers whose kids I work with for ideas and inspiration as well as stuff! Good luck on your job search. I subbed a LOT to get my job because exposure is key.

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  4. My district actually encourages us NOT to put up store bought posters. We are kind of required to start with blank walls. We then create anchor charts for those concepts through interactive writing. We label things together such as supplies. This really gives the kiddos more ownership and feeling like it is their room too. =)

    If you have any questions or want to know more, just ask! =)

    I am a new follower to your blog and I am excited to join you on your journey. I just posted lots of *freebies* that I would love for you to come check out!

    Heather's Heart