I taught at the same elementary school from 2005-2009. Since then, I've taught at two other schools. Anyway, I'm returning to the school where I began my teaching career: same classroom, same colleagues, same grade-level. However, today I went to the school to check out my classroom. It looks sooooooo incredibly different. The furniture (desks, tables, bookshelves) has changed, the arrangement is "off", and the room looks neglected (the tile floors are scratched, the walls have holes, and the desks are all different sizes). It's definitely in need of lots of TLC. I literally stood in the middle of the room for about twenty minutes thinking, "Okay--how am I going to makeover this space?" My principal joked and said, "Yeah--I know it's not up to your standards right now, but I know you'll make it look wonderful!" I've got lots of good ideas and I'm going to head back tomorrow at 7am to get started! I'm trying to be as optimistic as possible!