These last few days have been invigorating and exhausting all at once! It’s back to school preparation time for teachers in our area. I love back to school time ALMOST as much as dismissal for summer vacation. I thrill at unlocking my classroom door for the first time after a long break. The floors are shiny like glass. There is a healthy coating of dust on all of the furniture just waiting to be lifted with a lemony antibacterial wipe. First, there is the task of putting the furniture back into its place – experimenting with different arrangements. Then there is the disinfecting. Next comes unpacking box after box of school supplies. Once everything is situated, then I get to do the part I love most – decorating!
To me, my class is like an extended family and my classroom – a home away from home. I take lots of pride in trying to make my classroom look inviting, neat and “homey” – a place where kids look forward to coming to for (at least) 50 minutes a day! This year, I’m sharing a room with a social studies teacher. Trying to decorate with history, geography AND religion in mind was a challenge, but I’m pretty happy with the results. I took just a couple of photos to give you an idea. I was particularly glad to still have a place to hang my beautiful tapestry of the Good Shepherd. It’s a very comforting image!
I’ve also been excited about working on our faculty retreat scheduled for next Monday. The theme is going to be “Love” & God’s unfailing love. I have carefully chosen bible passages, prayer, songs and even a movie that I hope will provide inspiration to drive us through the hectic opening days of school.
You know one of the things that this middle-aged teacher misses about my younger days as a teacher is the chalkdust in an array of powdered colors that would coat my fingertips each day – that and my youth, of course!
I look forward to seeing all of my teacher friends on a daily basis once again. Our school has been blessed with a truly awesome faculty! I actually do miss them when we are apart!Here’s some centerpieces to put atop the tables for the retreat and some “candy hearts” with bible verses on them that my daughter helped me to make.
Some will be able to be viewed from the back as well, so the chapter and verse are on the reverse (in case you wondered.)
I hope there are no typos. I’ve got to run. My little one wants me to shoot a few hoops before the sun sets!