Just add "interior designer" to my job description...
It's official. The first day of school was Friday.
For the past two weeks I've been setting up my new classroom, which is located in a part of the building aptly nicknamed "The Tower" - mainly because there are only two rooms on the entire floor (part of the old priests' residence), which are up two flights of stairs - completely inaccessible from any other part of the building.
My new and old digs are in sharp juxtaposition. My old room was next to the cafeteria and doors leading out to our fleet of buses - which meant that every single one of our 1570 students had to walk by my classroom on a daily basis. By contrast, in "The Tower" - there are never more than 60 people on the floor at any one time.
At first, I had mixed feelings about the move, but there is a quiet calm about the room that I've come to embrace. Moments before my first students arrived, I added the final touches of "clean linen" scented oil diffusers and air fresheners, which seemed appropriately metaphoric (hey, I'm an English teacher)... time for a fresh start with a brand new set of 116 seniors.
Cue Rocky Theme Song.
Below are some additional classroom makeover pictures; just hit the "play" button on each collage...
|This collage made with Smilebox|
|Digital collage generated with Smilebox|