I saw my classroom today

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    I went today and saw my classroom. I was really hoping to get to work in it, but the other teacher has not moved her stuff out. I am a little disappointed because it appears that she is taking EVERYTHING except for the student desks and the chairs. I am a first year teacher and I dont have any extra money to be putting towards classroom furniture. What are some classroom tools that are absolutely necessary for a teacher? I have crayons, pens, stamps, books, etc. but is there anything else that I may need?
     
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    as for room furniture I just wrote in my newsletter that if they wanted to donate things like pillows or chairs or things that would be cool in my classroom they could. I got lotts of pillows and a neat chair from walmart.

    The things that I bought were those plastic clear bins to organize with. Other then that I just asked parents for and got lotts of things, even food for the fish and gerbil :) Just ask and I would also send out an email to the teachers at your school to see if they have anything extra they are getting rid of. I got tons of things from teachers who were down sizing or chaning grades. Teachers seem to get into an organizing mood at the begining and they get rid of things a first year teacher would want. Last year I got four calenders and tons of posters!!
     
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    Also see if your school gives money to fist year teachers, I got 200 for my first year to go towards anything I needed.
     
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    I know that the district gives some money, but it is not a lot and we will start ordering in Sept. I saw the school supply list for my school for 1st grade and there are some things that I would like my students to bring other than those supplies. I am wanting to send home another list so that the students can bring their supplies, but the school that I am going to be teaching at is a low income school and the students dont have the best living situation so I dont know if I should send out another list. The stuff that i want to add wouldnt cost much, but I hate to send home a note and the parents get upset with me so soon. I am not sure what to do......
     
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    Even though we get a set amount to spend on our classroom, I was still able to order classroom furniture and math manipulatives. I did this through the reading coach, and she turned in the PO. Do you have someone like this that you can work with? Maybe the secretary will be able to help you. For other classroom supplies, I would send home a newsletter. Ask families if they can help donate the following items: kleenex, wipes, ziploc bags, etc.

    For classroom supplies, I send home a list on first day of school letter kids and families know what they are responsible for. I supply the rest using my budget.
     
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    I would ask a fellow teacher or maybe the principal if this would be okay.
     
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    i can sympathize with not being able to get into your classroom. i will have exactly 7 days to get my entire room together for the school year. i can't get in till like the 19 and i have new teacher orientation starting on the 30... it stinks.. i'm freaking out about it!
     
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    I can beat you, I have 2 days. I'm moving into a new classroom that is being rebuilt (most of the school is being rebuilt). So, I not only have to unpack, I also have to set up a new classroom, and since it's a grade change, I have no clue where to begin- all in 2 DAYS!

    Good luck!!
     
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    I know. I think that this teacher should already have her stuff moved. I also think that she should have to leave some of the stuff, but I guess must have bought it herself. The classroom is a total mess!!! It has roaches in it as long as my middle finger. I am going to have to do something about that. I am hoping that the old teacher will have her stuff out tomorrow.
     
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    :eek: Let the school admin know about the cockroach problem. That needs to be taken care of.
     
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    I totaly appreciate your situation, my first year was the same, not even dictionaries. I didn't even have desks. They were on back order and did not arrive until December. My principal went to another school and took their old ones the day before school started!!!
    I did get a filing cabinet, some dictionaries, mailboxes, and a book shelf from other teachers.
    I would definitely ask around.
     
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    I moved into my current room in September, a month after school started. It was a bad situation with the teacher before, and the kids had been totally ignored. These are kids with moderate to severe disabilities, who had basically been sitting at their desks or building with blocks the entire first month. The room was a wreck, there were no supplies (useful ones at least), and the organization "methods" were horrendous. I did as best I could to clean things up, but amidst starting in a new class "mid-way" through the year... I was too busy trying to get the kids back on track and there wasn't time to organize. But, at the same time, it bothered me SO much what a mess the room was. Especially with children with autism, a messy room is one of the worst things you can do! I ended up FINALLY getting things under control and organized to my liking by about February! Then, guess what? In May, they moved me out to the fifth grade building where I'll be in the Fall. So, I'll have about three days to start all over again! But, I am excited that it will be ME who is setting the room up - I feel much better about that rather than coming into someone else's mess, which is almost worse!
     
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    Let your principal know ASAP that the teacher is leaving you with nothing! Let him/her know what you would like. Also talk to the other teachers at your grade level & see what you can share until you can build up your own supplies.
     
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    You might try asking a custodian, some schools have storage rooms that you might find some stuff
     
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    I can top that Peachyness!! Last year I was hired as a first year teacher, 1 week before school started at that, and could not move into my classroom until I attended orientation! So needless to say, I ended up moving in and setting up the day before school started!
     
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    Classroom set-up

    :eek: I know what it's like to have the previous teacher drag her feet in clearing out a classroom. I'm in the same boat. My advice is to get as much as you can organized in bins before you move in. As for supplies, it's tough to ask parents who don't have the economic feasibility to provide classroom materials. Sometimes local stores will donate items, especially places like KMart, Target, etc. Failing that, see if you could enlist a sponsor such as a restaurant. You can provide a great deal of PR for them by posting a notice in the school newsletter and the local paper (if there is one) as a thank you. Best of luck.
     
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    Oh yeah. :D My first year I was hired on a Friday in October and started work on a Monday. Couldn't access my classroom either over the weekend.
     
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    My first year I was hired as the computer and reading specialist and at the beginning of October was asked to teach 2nd grade. I had to share classrooms with a first grade teacher and was given a week to get things together but still had to act as the computer teacher.
     
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    Isn't it crazy how we all want to get in our rooms and WORK??

    Decorating the room is fun, but your students would love to help with that (they will even stay in from recess!). Having moved several times for remodeling, building switch, etc, - I would focus on your teacher materials and basic organization. Don't try and do everything at once. If the room is neat and has some color (posters or something), it will be a great start.
     
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    If janitors don't come up with some roach traps, go to Wal Mart and buy Cobot roach traps. They work great.

    Run now to Staples and buy all the cheap cheap special supplies for a penny and a dime. Tell them you are a teacher and you can buy more than the limit. For a few dollars you will have some supplies.
     
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    Both classrooms I have inherited have been disaster areas. When I got into my current classroom, I threw away at least 30 trash bags of junk, and had them cart away at least 10 big pieces of furniture.

    I am only getting a couple of days in my room too. Trying not to freak out.
     
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    Some of you mentioned talking to the principal about the teacher leaving me with nothing, but over the summer they switched the principals and the new one is not going to be back in town until the first week in August. I am hoping that she gets her stuff soon so that I can see what I need and maybe I can get some things at the salvation army. Also, I would love to go to the Staples sale, but where I live we do not have a Staples. The nearest one is about an hour and a half away. But I am sure that it will all work out!
     
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    Go to Wal-mart! They are having great sales right now and carry other great supplies for teachers that cost a lot more at regular education supply stores. Good luck! :)
     
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    Be sure and check with the janitor and see if there is a supply room with extra furniture.

    Measure your BBs and start working on them at home. Table clothes from the Dollar Store make wonderful BB covers. They are cheap, don't fade and are great.

    Ask the secretaries if they know when she is moving? Ask them what is available. Ask if you have money to spend on your room.
     
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    I got to see my classroom for the first time today also and i think I have the exact opposite problem. There was furniture and old stuff everywhere. I asked if the other teacher was coming back but they said no she was officially gone and that all this stuff was now mine. I have no idea what to keep and what to throw away. Luckily the janitor came in and said if there is anything that I need to come find him. He said he would help me with moving the big stuff and getting rid of anything that I dont need. I feel so overwhelmed. School starts in 2 weeks and I have no clue what I am doing!!
     
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    It's so hard to know what you need without knowing what kind of room you will run. Go home tonight and think about themes you will use this year, your reading program, classroom management... it's so hard to buy or know what you will need to use without that initial planning. Good luck!!
     
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    Roaches?? Eeeiyikes! Definitely get ahold of someone in administration to take care of that- it is their job to make sure the school and classroom is clean and healthy for its teachers and students. Good luck with your classroom- I sympathize- I taught in a half-day kindergarten room my first year and the other teacher had everything for our room. I moved to my own room this year and was left with nothing except for an alphabet strip on the wall lol :) It will all come together and seem easier when you figure out what kind of room you will be running.
     
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    Yes, and roach poo is NOT healthy to breath in.
     
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    I started setting up my room today! I was there with my kids from 830-330 and I emptied all but one box (out of about 40+ that I started with). I still have to organize my books and do lots of filing, but it was great getting to start setting things up. I have a storage closet in the hall, and I organized (and filled) it today, as well. I even got my bulletin boards covered and stuff on 3 of them. I can't wait to go back Thursday and see how much more I get accomplished!
     
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    I am definitely going to start asking around for supplies. I did ask the secretary if she knew when the other teacher would be there to move her stuff and she said she had no idea. I guess if she doesn't move it by the first of next week I am going to put it in a pile on the ground and start working around it. The way that she has it now I am not able to work on my counters or clean them off. It really doesn't look like this room has had a good scrub in a while. I am going to have to scrub it really good before I start putting my stuff out. I am sure that it is all going to work out....it just doesn't seem like it right now.
     
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    I had to get a credit card for the first time to get things for my room, but I found one that doesn't have any interest until Oct/08. I know credit cards can be too risky for some, but I'm good at not going overboard & paying off loans/bills. I don't know what I would have done without it!!!:love:
     
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    You can get in trouble for sending out supply lists that have not been approved by your principal. As a first year teacher, you need to be really careful and deal with what you are given. However, you can send a wish list to your parents asking for things that are not on your supply list.
     
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    Does anyone know where I can get a wooden podium for my classroom? I really want to buy one!!
     
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    teaching-n-2: I have been in your shoes. I wish I knew then what I found out the hard way.... Don't worry to much about the "decorating" stuff, you can and should take your time. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and your classroom taste and needs will evolve as the year(s) go on...;)
    I wouldn't worry about [only] having 7 days, most school districts include classroom prep time as part of their orientation.If they don't, the "trainer" usually lets the new teachers out early a couple of times juSt for this reason. Do as much as you can at home as far as gathering ideas up, call your district office and find out if they have a "district/county" resource library which includes diecuts,laminating machines, and teacher resources etc... which are open to all teachers even before the actual classrooms are open. Gather up as many storage containers as possible and start categorizing your books either by level or subject matter, Label everything!! Use ziplock bags of all sizes to store your bulletin board cutouts and letters with labels. Go to fabric discount stores and buy cheapo material to use as background as it tends not to fade as quickly and lasts forever. (Even tho that previous teacher hasn't moved out, can you still get in there and get some measurements for your B-Boards?? )Start staging your "stuff" in a room by where you want it in your classroom... That way when moving/decorating time comes, you just have to swoop it al into your car/truck/van and go for it.
    Get a label machine for about $20 at Walmart and use it to label your stuff. It pays you back big time when your neat stuff doesn't grow legs and disappear, believe me!! Start your long range planning and your planning for the first month NOW! If you're lucky enough to be on a team that has already got their LRP done, start your internet research on lesson plan ideas for projects now. Go ahead and type up your welcome to my class postcards, use mailmerge for labels that you can slap on when you get your class list. If you choose to send a letter, you can always include a wish list but DEFINITELY get feedback from your gradelevel team/ mentor or someone you can trust in that school.
     
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    EWWWW!! most definitely the janitorial staff needs to get on that pronto. The insecticides they use in schools are powerful, and alot of people, including me, are allergic to the fumes. It is a matter of health for all concerned!
    But... on a quieter note, if you continue to have a problem and you feel you really must do SOMETHING about the problem, 20/20 Mule Borax-get it in the laundry secction of a grocery store/walmart. Spread the powder in the offending area/ carpet leave for 24 hours then vacuum. (ps works on fleas too!! I have my vet from Florida to thank for that hint!!)
    p.p.s: watch out that you don't step on the janitorial staffs toes, they can make or break you, and if you tick them off, you could have a real problem.(speaking from experience:eek: )
     
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    Making friends with the custodial staff is a must for a great year. I'm making brownies tomorrow night to take to them when I go in on Thursday. I'm in a new school, and I want them to remember me for something good before I start asking for help too often.
     
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    Are you needing a podium (to stand on) or a lectern (to stand behind)?

    If it's a lectern you are wanting, I purchased mine from a used restaurant supply store! I guess the hosts used them.

    I don't know about podiums; maybe a place that sells music supplies because so many choir/band directors use them.
     
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    I saw my classroom

    Make friends with the custodian and the secretary - they run the school. Check out garage sales. One hour drive to Staples will be worth it. IF they won't let you get extra, just keep going back and forth. Keep a good attitude - the kids will be here soon and make you feel like a Hero!!!:love:
     
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    It's a lectern I need! LOL! Thank you for explaining the difference! I definitely don't need a podium...boy would the kids be talking about me!! I will check with a few of the supply stores around here.
     
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    Of course, I don't know the situation with the other teacher, but be sensitive to the fact that maybe she is not happy about leaving her old classroom.
    I was moved from Pre-k to 5th grade for the new school year. Before I was even told, the secretary brought a woman into my room to look around. I assumed that she was someone from the state assessing the school, so I told her a little about what we were doing. Little did I know but, she had been hired to take my classroom next year. If I had known, I would have informed her that 90% of the furniture and materials in my classroom had been purchased by me and would go home with me. Needless to say, I was a little upset when I found out the true reason why she was looking around my room. I hope that she didn't know that I was yet uninformed of my classroom move. At least she didn't say anything to me about why she was there.
    When the year was over and I was finally told that I was moving to 5th, I didn't drag my feet about moving my stuff. I was mad about the way it was handled and brought a trailer up to school and had the room empty the next day. I wanted the new teacher to walk into a very empty room. (Yes, I am bitter. Yes, I need to get over it. Of course, I know everything will work out. It is just the fact that I had invested so much in my classroom and in my students. Nobody should ever be treated the way I was and others like me are.)
    Stripping the room of all my stuff quickly was how I handled the situation, the teacher your waiting on may handle it by dragging her feet. Whether she retired, was forced to move or whatever the situation, moving is difficult for anyone. As I stated, please be sensitive.
     
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