Please excuse me while I vent....

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  1. pwhatley

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    Okay, today is Monday, August 4th right? Well our students return to school on the 18th, period. No negotiating, nothing. Only a tornado (God forbid) would stop that. My point of pain is...
    • They have been replacing the a/c system throughout the entire school (for which I am truly thankful), but they were supposed to finish in time for a cleaning company to come in last week and clean up the mess. Guess what? They are still working on the a/c!
    • My classroom is a former 2nd grade classroom, and because of the construction, the 2nd grade teacher to whom all the stuff that is in my classroom belongs has been unable to move into her new classroom! Therefore, I have of course been unable to move in or even to imagine floor plans!
    • My dry erase board desperately needs repainting, and I am even willing to do it myself and foot the bill, but I can't because of the reasons listed above. Oh, and the paint has to dry for TWO FULL DAYS before you can mark on it!
    • I only have 3 more weekdays in which I can work on my classroom. This coming Wednesday, I'll be in Dibels training all day. Next Monday and Tuesday, I'll be in new teacher inservices all day. Next Wednesday is another Dibels day, and Thursday we will FINALLY be trained in our brand new READING Curriculum! That Friday involves 1/2 day of meeting, and 1/2 day to get our classes ready. HAH!

    Okay, thanks for listening to my rant. I'm feeling just a little bit stressed, you know?

     
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  3. Missy99

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    Sounds like you need a big hug. And a big pitcher of margaritas.

    Just remember that the A/C is the most important thing on your list. Really.

    And you know everything else will eventually fall into place. Until then, arm yourself with a sense of humor. And more margaritas :)
     
  4. MrL

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    Milk sympathy from the kids. Make it a binding experience.
     
  5. pwhatley

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    good advice, Missy99 - thanks! Now where is that bottle of tequila....
     
  6. Proud2BATeacher

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    I feel your pain! My class has been moved to a new school and I peeked in the window yesterday and my classroom is empty -- not a shelf, not a desk, not a box... My boxes were moved in June and I assumed they will be in the classroom, but they are being housed in a separate building. Students start on Aug. 18th for me too. :(
     
  7. lysithea88

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    Honestly, I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been able to get into my classroom ALL SUMMER LONG! I've been going in one or two days every week, and I still have so much to do! I definitely feel for you!

    What all will you be learning in your two days of Dibels training? I'm going to try and do some dibels in my classroom this year, but without any training. I'd love to hear any tips you pick up!
     
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    I feel your pain, pw. My school underwent an expansion and I was kicked out of my old classroom and was supposed to get a room in the new section, but it won't be done till at least December. I can't have my old room back because it's already been equipped for it's new teachers (ESE/ESL), so I'll be sharing the cafeteria (with only a colapsable divider) with another teacher.....

    ya wanna pass that bottle of tequela my way?????
     
  9. pwhatley

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    gladly, mmswm! umm, that is if I can find it!

    lysithea - I'm jealous, for sure! Regarding the Dibels training - I haven't a clue. Technically, you are supposed to do them in order: Day one (background info & the actual tests), day two (follow someone around while they do the testing), then day three (when you learn the interventions). Interestingly, I will be attending day 3 first, then day 1, and we'll do day 2 once school starts!

    Proud2bateacher: I do have the comfort of knowing that I have all of my personal materials (piled all over my house!). Unfortunately, I don't even know what my teacher's editions look like, so I can't do lesson plans yet either! Eeeekk!
     
  10. ChristyF

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    I feel your pain pwhatley! I was afraid I'd be in that boat, but they finally finished the floors in my new room. I've only taught 11 years - makes me scared how much "stuff" I'll have after 20!! I have 1 box left in my room, it's decorations that I have to wait to put up. In the meantime I have bought around 10 of those 3 shelf bookshelves, 2 or 3 of the 7 drawer rolling carts, a computer desk, etc for the new room. (I left a room 20 feet of closet on the back wall and 30 feet of cabinet on one side for a room with 1 small closet. Did I mention how much junk I have?? It took 3 trips with 2 pickups to get it all. (Two of those trips I was using a trailer.) When you can finally get in, bribe a few good friends and get some extra hands up there. It will go more quickly and a lot more fun.
     
  11. BioAngel

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    Do what you can to get your classroom ready--- I'm sure your students will understand that this vacation was a little rushed and that you'll be doing more decorating over the new few days. Perhaps even invite them to help you decorate and help them make it their own place. :)

    Other than that, I'm so sorry they're putting you through that. I'm actually going in a few weeks early to get started--- as a first year teacher I'm thankful I can do that and I hope it helps me feel better prepared.

    You'll make it through it--- some how, one day at a time, and just keep a smile on your face because you know it will all get done eventually.
     
  12. Historyteaching

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    I'd be feeling more pain for Dibels testing LOL. When I was a substitute teacher, I helped the literacy specialist give teh Woodcock-Johnson and Dibels tests. I did it for 3 years. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz- its beneficial..somewhat to the students but a snore for you. Its not that hard to understand, in reality.
     
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    We are moving into a brand new building - which is not done. Open House is the 24th. We were told we have to be ready even if we cannot get in until the 23rd. I did see built in bookshelves and cabinets when I last peeked. But there is much to be done on the building before it will pass inspection.

    So I feel your pain. However, the fact that you are getting AC (especially in your area) will honestly override the other problems. Lets hope Eduardo doesn't cause even more delays for you.
     
  14. Lindzee82

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    Ugh! That is so frustrating. I am sorry!

    I haven't been able to do anything in my classroom. They have yet to make it to my building, so no floors have been waxed, which means I can't move anything in or out of my classroom right now. Still haven't heard when they plan on doing our building, either. My in-services don't start until August 28th, though. My son goes back to daycare that Monday, so hopefully my room will be done so I can have those few days to work in there.
     
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    mmswm-

    I am feeling great, great sympathy for you! Middle school students and just a divider until December? Wow!!
     
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    Seems like everyone is having these snaffus this year. We won't be in our rooms until 2 or 3 days before kids come. You'd think they would find contractors that would get the work done faster instead of pinching pennies and making teachers Sweattttt it so much! :lol:
     
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    I feel your pain! :hugs: One year I had my room set up & then they decided to carpet 1 week before school started. Evertything had to be taken out & BB boards had to be covered. It was awful. Last year I was hired just a couple days before the open house which was just a couple days before school started. My best advice is to just do what you can & don't stress yourself out. WIth the board - maybe you could wait until Friday of the first week & paint it after school. It should be good to go by Monday. Good luck!!:)
     
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    Last year the A/C was replaced in my building. School started on a Wednesday...and they finished on SUNDAY. Monday was an inservice day, so we had a grand total of one day to get our rooms together. It's high school and therefore not as elaborate as elementary rooms, but the room was not as complete as I would have liked the first day! I spent several afternoons finishing my walls (we had to take everything down during the work on the building.) Take a deep breath, focus on the essentials, and you'll get through it. :)
     
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    Wow, I'm sorry you're having to deal with that right now! I'm sure once you're in the room you'll be able to do everything you need. Good luck! :)
     
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    I can relate. I'm a new first year teacher. We don't get our keys until our orientation (2 days before the students come in). If I want to get in my room beforehand, the summer secretary can call the building manager to let me in, but they both give me major attitude about it, so I feel bad doing that! (I did it twice, and both times there was lots of eye rolling and heavy sighing.....so annoying).
     
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    It always amazes me that teachers are expected to meet deadlines, do their jobs, and go above and beyond but when it comes to finishing projects or even cleaning classrooms, there's a different standard for others.
     
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    That is frustrating - it will work out for you, you'll see!

    We have a jam-packed schedule for our in-service week too. Our district decided to do a "review" of everything they want the teachers to be doing for litaracy instruction. It's going to take up 3 days of that pre-service time and I'm one of the people actually giving the session-I just know those teachers are going to throw things at us because they would rather spend time in their rooms!

    I was hoping to get in early this week but I had a conference yesterday and today everything was closed due to Eduordo. Hopefully 2 days will be enough-I tend to work faster when there's no one there to talk to, I'm easily distracted (I'm supposed to be working on lesson plans right now ;) ).
     
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    I'm going through something just like that, only it's painting. And because of the still-unfinished painting, we had to pack up our rooms in a manner we don't usually...of course, every single thing had to be off of the walls, but they also had us remove and box every single thing on our shelves (all of them) so that they could be varnished. My classroom is, right now, a pile of boxes and furniture.

    An email just went out that most rooms are done, and the cleaning is done, so feel free to come in to work in your classroom...unless you are in room 100, 101 or 102. Guess who's in room 100?

    Kim
     
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    PWhatley, this is just awful. I think I'd just a sign on my door stating, "Site has been under construction." Wish I was there to help you out.
     
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    Everyone has had such supportive thoughts!

    I'll just try to inject a little humor! DITTO the margaritas and teguila! You'll feel so much better after that!

    And the A/C....really...you must have that!

    Anyway, I have a new room (well, portable) this year. That's right, I have been moved from a room to a portable. Ummm......my things were moved over the summer and have been dumped in the middle of the room as though they were trash. Still working on sorting that out!

    I will say I am very JEALOUS of you and all the training you are getting. I would forgo class time for training so....that's a plus.

    Ahhh....the pleasures of teaching! :)
     
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    I have decided that I will not let this get to me. My new mantra is "it's going to work out...it's going to work out...." In the meantime, I have Dibels training tomorrow, so there's nothing I can do about it until Thursday at the earliest!
     
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    wow. Your experiences have made mine seem so trivial. I have empathy for what you are dealing with. I can't beleive a school would have a teacher using the cafeteria, much less sharing it!
     
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    I packed my room up to move classrooms only to end up staying where I was. Then, we got permission to take some of the cabinets out and I haven't been able to unpack yet :eek: I have only the afternoons and one full day to get it all done because I have training classes and seminars scheduled until our first day back.
     
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    pwatley, I had DIBELS training 4 years ago. There is a lot of material to learn. I was never very good at the testing part so I did not have to do it, they would have a team of teachers, some from our school and some others. Overall, DIBELS has a good idea but there is toooo much stress on speed. The directions are scripted so if the child doesn't understand they can bomb that part. Your P. will expect everyone on benchmark and some children just can't. Speed was a big deal, the children have to read as many letters as they can in 1 min. id sounds and use a word to make a sentence fast! The upper grades stress speed over comprehension. I am sorry you can tell I really did not like it. I like for my children to show their improvements from where they were to where you can take them without making them feel like a failure in K.
     
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    You do what you have to....The school is in an old converted office building and the "new" part is a previously unused section of the building. Unfortunately, the building codes have changed dramatically in the last decade and the work required to bring certain things (mainly the electrical) up to current code has required more work than anybody, including the archetects and engineers, expected. It will be really nice when it's open though. All the classrooms in the new section are being equipped with promethean interactive white boards, so the sacrifice will be worth it in the end.
     
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    I think that I would feel the same way!
     
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    Pw...that's what I keep telling myself anyway :D
     
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    So sorry you're experiencing this. Hang in there!
    SOme of these stories on atoZ make me scared of teaching..
     
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    It's just soldiers sharing war stories. For every day that someone writes about being horrible there are 30 great days. The bad ones just stand out more sometimes. :)
     
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    So true, ChristyF! Remember the title of this thread - I just needed to vent, lol!
     

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