Friday, August 10, 2012

It was bound to happen

My first break down that is.

Today was my first full day of school and it was hectic, to say the least.

Let me start off by saying I LOVE my team and my school. Like I couldn't have picked a better team to work with during my first year of teaching in my own classroom.

Wednesday was a 1/2 day for students. I had 17 enrolled. Our numbers are low school wide, so I was told to expect some to drop or I'd gain some. The other teachers on my team had, 18,17,16, and 16, to begin with. Well, to make the long story short...I now have 18 and the other teachers have 17, 14, 14 and 15. Not to mention the student that was just added to my class this morning is a difficult hard one to work with. I already had a difficult student that I knew would need more attention than the rest. So today, I'm tired, scared, stressed and a lil' overwhelmed.

I left my school around 5:30 and as soon as I got in, the tears started falling. All I wanted to do was go home and have some wine with ANYONE! I really missed my home HOME today. Weekends are the hardest. I'm lonely and the other people I interact with are at the gas station, grocery store or the famous Wal-Mart (which is a whole other post in itself).

My team and I are meeting at the school Sunday to plan for the week. I'm hoping to feel a bit more comfortable with the sense of this year. I'm also hoping my students are better behaved on a schedule and strict routine. I'll keep ya'll updated.

On a lighter note, I wanted to share my classroom pictures. I've realized some things need to be rearranged in my room, but that is not very high on my priority list yet.

I apologize if there might be doubles. WARNING: Picture overload!

Group work table and my reading area in the back

Closer look at my reading carpet.

Calendar time. Self explanatory

Computer center

Books and the kids backpack hooks

My desk area. I decided to not have a desk because it took up too much room. I like this much better.

I'm redoing my word wall. I don't like this one. It's too small. I just put the kids names up there and now I barely have any room for other words. Umph.

Better picture.

Student tables. I'm not thrilled with having 5 students to one table, but I'll work with it.

I'll take more once the kids have 'lived' in it. All you teachers know exactly what I mean.

Hope ya'll have a great weekend!! I'll be in the classroom tomorrow AND Sunday. The first day I'm not at the school, I will definitely let everyone know!


  1. What a cute classroom!

    I am sure planning and everything will get better as the time goes along. :) Maybe you'll make some friends with your fellow teammates!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your meltdown! Hopefully it's all up hill from here. Maybe some of the other teachers can take some of your students off your hands to even things out a bit??

    I'm looking forward to reading about how your year goes - keep your head up!

    Oh, and your classroom looks AWESOME. I'm excited to see more pictures!

  3. Hi lovie! I'm so sorry that you're lonely...keep your head up though! You will make new friends and it will get better. The classroom will become less overwhelming with time and you'll be more comfortable with everything.

    Love the pictures of your classroom, it looks great! I miss you!!

    Hope your second week is better than the first.

  4. Hang in there! It will get better. There are days when I feel that way too!

    Your classroom looks great. If you ever need any help just ask...with school friends and blog friends. =)

    I am your newest follower and a 1st grade teacher. =)

    Heather's Heart