One week left till I get my first class of 5th graders after teaching ten years of 7th and 8th. Monday is an Institute Day, Tuesday is Meet The Teacher, and the Wed. is out first half day. How very, very scary.
My classroom looks almost pulled together. My class library is set up mostly, and I bought about 40 bins at the dollar store. I am trying for something like this: http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/library.htm by Beth Newingham. I saved all my personal books from 4th grade on up, so I have a huge amount of girl-protagonist books, but not a lot of boy ones. I'll have to work on that.
Two of my old students helped me set up the room, and we hot glued stuff to the walls. I came in this morning, and even that had fallen off the walls. Nothing sticks. We spent three hours doing that gluing yesterday. Gr.
I have been in the classroom every day this week and will probably continue through Sunday. There's so much to do and so many boxes to unpack. But.... I found out I could bring the dog while I work! Three other dogs were in the building today with teachers who were fixing their rooms. I know my pup would prefer that to being home alone.
On an unrelated note, I wrote an article on HubPages about losing weight with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or Hypothyroidism. You can find the article here. I checked the Hub stats to see how people were getting to my page, and all the search queries on google were saying things like, "Can I lose weight with Hashimoto's?" It made me sad, because it is hard to do, and it's sad that all people's doctors aren't as good as mine, who really takes care that I feel good and healthy. I hope it can help someone out of a health jam. It's a sucky disease, to be sure, though I figure as far as autoimmune diseases go, I'm sure glad I got this one over some of the other options!
Stay healthy, ya'll!