Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New office at school

[As a part of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), I'm posting here once a day during November.  Today is Day 26. ]

I may have mentioned a month or two ago that my co-teacher suggested we move our offices during the winter to hopefully stay warmer.  Our two desks have been in the English classroom, separated by some bookshelves.  Since the English room is so large, it would be even colder for us during the next few winter months.

My desk in the English room (black chair, second from the far wall)

She told me that there was an empty office down the hall that we might be able to use.  She was going to check with the vice principal, who in turn would ask the principal.  That was over a month ago, when it was considerably warmer out.  Since then, it has gotten colder and I hadn't heard anything about the move (which was okay -- I'm fine wherever!).

Then last week my co-teacher told me that the vice principal said it was okay to move, she just had to double check with the principal.  And then yesterday afternoon while I taught my two-period special class, my co-teacher did some hard core cleaning in this new office space.  I think it had been used as storage before, so there was lots of stuff and boxes and dust.  She moved around the furniture and really cleaned it up!  I wish I had a before picture to show.

Then this morning, she said some maintenance men would help us move our desks and computers after lunch.  Wow -- this was happening fast!  So after lunch we unplugged all of our cords (we have so many cords!) and moved our desks and books into this office down the hall.

Two of the outside walls are actually all windows, so it felt a lot colder in this room than in the English room.  I guess there's a heater/AC unit on the wall, and my co-teacher said tomorrow we'll turn it on and try it out.  I hope it works!  The third wall that faces the hallway is also all windows!  Our desks are against that window wall, which is the side with the door.

So here is my new office space:

And this is how far we are from the English classroom now (the photo on the left is taken from our new office door, looking at the English classroom):

I'm sure I'll forget to bring things from the office to class now and then, because before I only had to walk around the bookshelves to get at my stuff.  But in a few days I'll get used to the new location and set-up.

And to close, I wanted to share with you a terrible find that I came across on youtube this afternoon while I was looking for a good video of How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? to show my 4th graders on Thursday.  Warning: It may make your musical ears bleed.  I just can't see how (or why) this was ever created:

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    1. I know, right?! I have to stop it after about 5 seconds. Too painful.