Getting Prepared for Back to School!

Today is the day that teachers go back to school for opening week.  Next Monday - kids come! So for me, it's buckle down time.  I gotta get my room and my plans all ready for the first week in my new classroom and in my new school.  

I shared a few pics of my classroom progress on instagram.  

Here is what I saw when I walked in for the first time.  The sweet custodians moved all of my boxes in after the secretary made me leave them in the office back in June. 

Here is after the first day of furniture arranging.

Then it starts to get bad as I unpack boxes, take everything out of the cupboards, and generally make a huge mess.

Empty book bins with boxes and boxes of books waiting to be sorted.

HUGE mess on my desk.

Tech cart spewing out technology.

So.over.whelmed.  I can't handle this!!!

Now it's finally getting better.  I cleaned out the art cupboards, the teacher book cupboard, and the manipulative closet.  My boxes are all unpacked and most things have found a home.

Here is my To-Do list for the week, as I'm going to Oahu this weekend to visit my good friend Angelia from Extra Special Teaching.  We get to take our hubbies out to see Jack Johnson (my musical LOVE!)  But because we'll be gone, everything in my room has to be done THIS WEEK!
  • Finish putting away the library books
  • Finish organizing math manipulatives
  • Finish sewing computer covers and curtains
  • Arrange my desk and teaching area
  • Put away all the stuff on the tables
  • Put out name tags, practice workbooks, etc on student desks
  • Put together homework folders, portfolios, and data binders
  • Clean out the posters drawers and construction paper drawers
Luckily, I've already gotten all the shopping done that I need: Mr. Sketch Markers, stickers, prize box items, matte photo paper and ink, composition books, and extra boxes of crayons and glue bottles.  It helps that we live on a bigger island now and have options for shopping!  I've also been able to utilize back to school sales! Not only can you find coupons for places like Target, Staples, and Office Depot, but you can even enter the Back to School sweepstakes at and maybe win $2,500! 

So make sure to check out, and also check back here in the next week.  Not only will I have another post for the Teaching With Intention book study, but I may also show you sneak peeks into my finished classroom! I have so many fun projects planned for my room and I can't wait to show you!


  1. Girl, you are stressing me out!! At least you live in Hawaii!! We don't start back to school here in Michigan until September so I've got some time to deal with my own mess! Your room looks great and I'm so jealous you walk outside to a tropical paradise!

    Kathy O.
    Third Grade Doodles

  2. You can do it girl! haha That's super overwhelming! We are getting to go in earlier than normal this year, so I'm hoping to get ahead of the game and organize the crap out of my room!

    Ginger Snaps

  3. sometimes to make it look better, it has to get worse! lol. That's always the fun watch it all go away where it belongs! :)
    ♥ Jen
    Teacher by the Beach

  4. I am so thankful to not have to move rooms this year. Did the Teaching with Intentions book give you ideas on how to organize your room at all?

  5. The unpacking and making a mess is the phase I'm about to enter!!! It stresses me out too! But your room is coming along great! Have fun in Oahu Tell Jack J. I say, "hi." ;)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First