How long does it take you to set up your room?

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  1. LMichele

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    I was hired in March & for the remainder of the year I shared a room (I basically just had a desk, two drawer file cabinet & one shelf bookcase). In September I am moving into my own room. When I left in June, all of the "junk" that was being stored in there was still being moved out, and the furniture I had ordered (easel, kidney bean table, bookshelves) were not set up yet since all of the old furniture hadn't been moved out.

    How long does it typically take you to set up your room? My room isn't a full size room, but everything needs to be set up. I also have three large bulletin boards to get done, as well as moving in all of my stuff (and it seems like so much!)

    I'm going in with my BF on Thursday for a few hours to move my stuff in. If my furniture is set up, I'm planning on going back Friday to set up. Do you think a day is OK?
     
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    It typically takes me 2 entire days.
     
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    Honestly, I start going in for an hour here and there about 2-3 weeks before school starts back to do random things like code my class library, organize cabinets, etc., then probably two full days of work.

    BUT, one year I was moved to a different school 3 weeks after school had started due to enrollment numbers and I set up my classroom from scratch in one day...so it's possible.
     
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    I am starting at a new school this fall. So far I have put in 1 full day to move my things there & put stuff where I want it. 1 full day hanging things on the walls.

    I figure I need 1 more full day to get the desks ready for students (name plates, numbers, distribute books, set up community supplies).

    And 1 full day to get all my copies made and organized for the first week of school. (We are required to do that 1 week before school starts)

    I live over an hour away, so I try to get as much done as possible when I am there. I did too much yesterday hanging stuff up and my muscles are paying the price today.
     
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    If it was a brand new room, it would take me 4-5 6 hour days.
     
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    Man, I am so thankful that I now have a slave...I mean...full year student teaching intern to help with a lot of the menial chores! It means I can be doing something I usually wouldn't be able to while she labels desks and cuts out stuff and hangs posters, etc.
     
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    It definitely takes longer in a new room. It took me a couple of weeks last year, but I also had a lot of junk to sort through from the previous teacher. This year I had most of it done in 2 full days.
     
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    Depends on how much socializing I do!:D
     
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    Last year it took me 3 full days, but it was my first year and I have a TON of bulletin boards. This year I'm hoping 2 will be enough, it will be my co-teacher and I this year, so of course that will help. Plus I already know where I want all the furniture to go. Last year it took me half a day just to figure that out.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    I don't have too much to do since my room is smaller. I have a large bookshelf, three smaller ones, a storage cabinet, my desk, a group table and two other tables. It's mostly decorating, setting up my library, and organizing. Before I left I just put things wherever I had room for them to get them out of the way for the custodians to clean over the summer, so I need to find spaces for everything.
     
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    It takes me about two days to set up my high school classroom. Most of that time is spent just taking out materials that I locked up over the summer! I also try to get my copying done before the rest of the teachers get back so I'm not waiting in line at the copier!
     
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    Well... it depends on how much yakking I do. Typically, I can get my room done in 10-15hrs to include putting away all of the copies made for the year. BUT... this year, it'll take me a bit longer as I am wanting to do a deep purge so I am thinking that I will need to double that amount. I'm going in for a couple hours tomorrow night. After that, I will be working here and there for the next couple of weeks.

    When I was hired, I took over for a teacher that was bailing after 8 weeks in the classroom. As she took things off the walls, I put new stuff up. I had a HUGE classroom for a 4/5 combo. I worked for most of a Saturday and part of the day on Sunday. After that, I was ready to rock! :)

    Good luck... I love setting up my classroom!
     
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    Yesterday was the first day that I could get into my new room. Everyone was switched to a new room this year. Yesterday, I spent 3 hours unpacking boxes abd moving furniture around. Today I went in for 3 hours and got my calender up, my alphabet strips up, class rules up. and cleaned the white boards. Tomorrow I might go in for 3 more hours and get things done. I would like to be done this week so next week I can focus on getting assessments, lesson plans, etc. done.
     
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    I have put in about 12 hours so far and I'm mostly finished. Lol
     
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    I didn't think of making copies. I'm working with a literacy program that will need materials printed off the website & copies eventually when I know how many students I'll have. I can start printing and organizing the stuff in a binder.

    I'm going in this week to drop something off. Since it's about a 40 minute drive, I'll bring some stuff with me and see what I can get down so I'm not just there for 5 minutes.
     
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    This year it took me about 3 1/2 days since I had to unpack all of my things since I'm in a new classroom. One year I'd like to stay in my room so that I don't have to start from scratch.
     
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    My very first year, it took a really long time. A few hours a day for 3-4 weeks. The last three years set-up was pretty easy...about a week of 6 hour days. This year...I moved to a new school and new grade level. I'm in the middle of setting up my room and it is taking FOREVER. I'm only 10 minutes away so, I don't mind swinging by to do a few things. The teacher that was there before me literally threw everything into a cabinet. :eek: So, I have been decluttering, organizing, and getting rid of stuff that is super old! I've been going in almost everyday since July 16th for about 3-4 hours at a time (with a few breaks where I don't go in at all). I'm finally starting to see things come together! :D
     
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    1 1/2 to 2 days depending on who else is in the building. I already have my worksheets, projects ready to go so it's just a matter of setting up the desks, tables, and unloading the cubbies. I am having a student who I had last year come in and help me.
     
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    This takes almost two to three days. We spent most time to manage bookshelf and the furniture. This is the most important also to set these things in right place. But I love to do this.
     
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    Not long...I did an hour on Monday-I unwrapped everything I had covered, moved a few furniture items around.

    It's raining this morning...I might go put my book baskets out, organize my desk...
     
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    Usually, it takes me 2-3 days (8 hours) to set up. However, this year we are moving to a new building,so I am not sure how long it will take me to unpack my boxes.
     
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    It's been really quick for me the past couple of years--I haven't had a classroom, just my office to unpack and set up. This year, I'll have my office and a classroom, so it will take longer. I'll be in for 6 days or so before the students start (we don't have any mandatory days). That won't be 6 solid days of working--there's always lots of chatting!
     
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    It would take me 3 days...about 6-8 hours. That's what it's taking me now. One day was just organizing what I brought and what was there (I also just put background paper on the boards, but no info. yet), one day was putting the furniture where I wanted it, and the last day will be for finishing the bulletin boards and "beautifying" the place.
     
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    It takes a few days unless I decide to do a major project like purge! My oldest son went with me last Friday and it was AMAZING how much I could get done with him there. He could reach places I have to climb up and down a stool or counter to reach, so he zipped through bulletin boards it takes me forever to do. He also doesn't stop to admire, edit, change, analyze, evaluate, second-guess, admire again which I do constantly which slows me down - lol!

    I have been so addicted to all the beautiful ideas on pinterest lately I decided to get my bulletin boards done before I went overboard or changed my mind, or went crazy.

    I still have stuff to do but it is looking good already and I tried to be very functional. I would like to do a major purge of my 6 file cabinets. We will see if that happens.....I don't want to tackle the mouse nest I found.... Maybe my son wants to earn more money.......
     
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    So far I've spent 5 or 6 hours, over several days, organizing things I didn't get a chance to do last year (I got hired right before school started). I have the whole week before school starts to work in my room so I'll probably save most of the rest for that. I still have some more organizing to finish up, then it's just bulletin boards and getting ready for school stuff.
     
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    Aarrrgh...went in to school this morning but floors are still wet wax...couldn't get to my room...did some Dollar store shopping on way home, coffee and grocery shopping with mom, now working on kitchen repair job with dad...so it's still a productive day!:D
     
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    With the humidity this summer, I wonder how the guys are doing with the floors at school. Two summers ago, they had a terrible time--the wax wasn't applying smoothly and was bubbling. They were only able to apply half the number of coats they usually do. I'm not planning to go in until halfway through the week of the 20th, so I still have lots of time.
     
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    I've gotten much better...I'm down to about 3 full days. I go in by myself for some days, and 1 day I ask my dad to come and help and then I take him out to lunch. :)
     
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    Gotta love dads!:love: mine is here today working on my ceiling..I got him his fave sandwich from the deli downtown...we'll have a glass of wine later!:(
     
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    It also helps that mine is a retired art teacher :whistle: :D
     
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    It took me approx. 20 hours to clean out and pack up my classroom-- they're redoing the whole room. So I'm thinking I'm going to need those 20 hours to unpack and put away/organize the classroom, on top of the 2-3 days I need to clean and decorate the classroom.

    If I can't get into my classroom sooner-- then I'm going to just unpack and put things in cabinets, then I'll sort throughout the first few months of school- I just want to be unpacked and the room looking nice for the students. Thankfully I was smart enough to sort what I wanted to keep or throw out anything I didn't need, as well as, label the boxes with what's inside while I was packing up- that should help me save some time.

    I'm calmly freaking out about having to be back in the classroom in one month. :D
     
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    This happened to a friend of mine one year. I helped her set up her new classroom on a Saturday and she was ready to start teaching on Monday. We literally worked the entire day, but it was ready by late Saturday evening.

    Personally, I usually take about 3 days to set up my room (those are typically eight-hour-long days, though).
     
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    Takes me about 2 solid days.
     
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    So far, I've put in a 4 hour day, with some extra time after teaching summer school. Today was an 8 hour day with a couple of chatting breaks. I'm going in early the next 2 days before our meetings start & maybe stay afterwards both days. Thursday & Friday I'm out of the building for PD. Monday we have open house for anyone wanting to come in during the afternoon & Orientation Monday night. Kids start a week from tomorrow.

    I'm kinda of panicking about getting everything done. Especially, my lesson plans for next week. My Orientation packet I think I can use from last year with a few minor tweaks.
     
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    I'm anticipating one full day (7.5 hours) this year to set up my room. All I really have to do is bring back the few boxes I brought home and unpack everything I put away over the summer... that should include lunch and some yakking.

    I'll need another day to run copies. I think I'll go in tomorrow to bring back my files... if I can finish organizing them today.
     
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    The chatting and puttering around kills my time! It usually takes me a couple days from start to finish, but I love to make everything just perfect! This year I have spent a lot of time gutting my desk and cabinets. I know it ruins a weekend, but I love going in n a Saturday - no one else is there, I can blast my music, and I get so much accomplished!
     
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    Depends on how much you want to do too.
    Some want every desk tag and bulletin board done.
    Others want the kids to help with it.

    I usually spend 4 hours arranging the room.

    At home I make name tags for desks, cubbies, totes, jobs, and for a guest teacher/speaker. These take me about 2 hours to make and another 2 to tape down at school. I do not make them from scratch...I buy either templates or make them on the computer.

    At home, I make 2 bulletin boards, a door decoration, and something for outside my classroom. This again takes about 2 hours to make and another 2 to hang.

    Also from home I update my timelime for each class, set my schedule, make my binder for CAFE, and letter for parents.

    I also try to have planned and copied everything for a couple of weeks or MORE. Copies that you hope to use day 4 but don't will be used day 6 or 10 or eventually!

    Good luck! Again, it's partly about how much you want to do and how cute or made from scratch you decide to go.
     
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    I'm starting with a full day tomorrow :) I'm hoping to uncover the bookcases/shelves that I covered up for custodians, unclutter my cubbies (where everything is stored in the summer), put books and book baskets in the library, and maybe start with my welcome bulletin board. I'm dropping my son off at my parents' at 9am, so hopefully I'll be rocking and rolling by 10am and work for 5 hours or so at least before driving to my parents' for dinner.
     
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    I think it would take me between 2-4 days to get everything done.
     
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    I've stopped counting the hours that I've worked on my room! I've been doing stuff all summer long!
     

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