However, this week I had to pack up my classroom. I was told to pack it up as if I were moving. That means everything gets packed up, and that is how it shall stay. And, that is when it really hit me. As I packed my room into box after box, I was surprised at how sad I became. What was once a thriving classroom, a place I worked hard to make welcoming to my friends, a place where learning happened, where silly moments were enjoyed. . . well, it became this.
Books on shelves that will not be dusted off and passed out in September.
An amazing class library that is now in boxes where it will stay next year.
Empty desks that won't be used by new friends, filled with books, or need name tags.
An empty meeting table that will not hold any meetings next year.
I think really hit me as I was packing up because every time I would pack something away, I would think about what project I would do with it or how it was used in my classroom. Then, I started to realize that wouldn't be happening next year. Also, there were moments where I suddenly realized things like I wouldn't be placing any Scholastic book orders anymore. No more points to buy books. :-(
So, if there hasn't been a lot of posting these past couple of weeks, it's because I just couldn't find much to say. I've been in a funk. I've allowed myself to wallow in my sadness. However, I am not a "live in the funk" kind of person. I do know there will be positives in this move. So, now that the room is packed up and summer has officially started (Friday was my last day!) it is time to move on.
I start summer school in a week. It's only four days a week, three hours a day, for five weeks. I will be working with some challenging kids who don't want to be there. So, I have challenged myself to make this a FUN learning experience for them. I have a lot of freedom within the curriculum, so it will give me lots of opportunity to be creative. I will be sure to post about what we are up to this summer.
After summer school, I've decided to take a fun vacation at the end of August. I've never been able to take a vacation at the end of August since I've always gone in to school that last week or so to set up my room. Since I don't have to do that this year, I am going to take advantage of the time. I'm not sure where I want to go yet, but I want it to be FUN!! Living by the Jersey shore, I'm at the beach all the time so I'm not looking for an island-beachy vacation. I want to do something different, but still stay within the US.
I'm not exactly sure what the next school year will bring, but for now. . .