I was able to work in my classroom for about 8 hours yesterday -- and I got almost nothing done! I felt great to finally be able to start, though, what a relief! It turns out I'm getting a room that a retiring teacher had for 17(?) years, and she left me so much stuff! I don't know what to do with the things I won't use (dittos from 1991, anyone :lol:? Reading workbooks from 1992 anyone?) I put usable things into a big box, and I plan to write FREE on the box and stick it in the hall during inservice. But I don't know what to do with things like really old workbooks or guided reading books I'll never use. I'll have to ask my mentor about that. I'm psyched about some of the things she left behind that I totally needed: an overhead organizer (the wrap-around pocket kind), 4 different types of pocket charts, about 300 books (80% leveled readers), a globe, some recess balls, hula hoops (I think she used these for Venn's, I will, too), chart paper, tons of sentence strips, construction paper (all white, but it's a start!), tons of Literacy posters, glue sticks, and overhead transparencies, to name a few items. I also have a file cabinet that is overflowing with files....that in itself is a day's work! :huh: She was a hoarder, though! Oh my! I literally have about 100 boxes of chalk, 50 Expo markers :2up:, and 75 chart markers :2up:. And I probable threw away about 100 dead markers!! She also collected thumbtacks (hundreds), staplers (7), staples (thousands), elastics (thousands), index cards (hundreds), and binder dividers (about 50 packs). I think I have enough of these things to get me through my first few years :lol: My desk is wobbly and every drawer is broken, so I'm bummed about that Does anyone have tips for working in my room? I have no idea what I'm doing, so I spent the day jumping from task to task. My mentor will be helping me in my room next week, so that will help, but I'm really overwhelmed. :help: I'm having a blast, however. I wish I could go in today!!