Since I knew that I was going to be taking on the high school experience, I didn't take down the decorations or posters in the elementary room. Though it's going to bug me to not have much of a change in that room for two years, I'm just going to have to deal with it. (I'm one of those peoples who has to rearrange my living room furniture every few months or I go nuts!)
The first step was redoing my school teacher page. I've been working on that since Friday. Our school website was recently revamped by a new website host and the process of doing our teacher webpages is now EXTREMELY easy...just like using Microsoft Word (which is great because it's been a while since I've used HTML coding!) Then, yesterday I spent about five hours in the room organizing, laminating, taping, and getting ready to do the final touches in the next day or so!
I pulled this paper organizer from another teacher's hallway trash this summer. One of the supplies I ordered this year was a class pack of construction paper crayons. Since I have such a surplus of construction paper, I think I'll gear more of my projects to involving crayons on construction paper, at least for the K-2 kids.
Finally, the last thing I accomplished, with the help of my hubby, was turning some of my chalkboards into white boards. Am I weird that I can't stand the feeling of chalk on a chalkboard? Or on paper for that matter! I don't think I will EVER do a chalk pastel project! I hate the sound and that feeling of chalk...so I bought a roll of Go Write! Dry-Erase Paper on-line from Walmart. This is definitely a two-person job! Here's how we did it:
We went down to the high school room to do the same, but ran into some problems. We wasted about 4' of paper. As we got to the end of the roll, there were more air bubbles already in the plastic. When we tried to smooth them out using the same technique as before, we stretched and wrinkled the paper on the board, so we had to change tactics.