Hmmmm, how depressing is this? This is precisely what students and parents never actually see. But maybe we shouldn’t shield them from what goes on behind the scenes. Getting a classroom ready is no easy job and teachers often do it on their own time and often all by themselves. This is how my classroom looked this morning when I returned from a trip to Vermont.
The custodians had to move it all to get the room ready to paint and one individual was painting it today. I have exactly 2 days to get it ready for the new students who will be coming for a meet and greet on Monday before school actually starts on Wednesday. The fact is we spend so much time getting things physically ready we have a great deal of trouble working on the curriculum and getting to know the incoming students. Even if my room were not getting painted the custodians would have removed everything from the room to clean the carpeting and then returned it all back to the room before I got there. I would have to put everything in its original location. Every year is the same process.
In what other profession is so much time and energy spent on moving and packing and unpacking furniture every year? To add to the irony, there is a very good chance this school will be torn down and a brand new one built right behind it,so I am not sure why we are painting it anyway,it’s kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.
Anyway, I will get it ready for the students and parents as that is my job, but what a waste of energy and time. Think of all the wonderful planning and preparation I could be doing instead. I will post an updated photo when the room is ready.