Time and time again I consider all summer of what my theme for my classroom is going to be. I am NOT a fan of owls, nor the mustache ideology to frame and beautify my learning environment.
I. Just. Don’t. Understand. It. I can plan for days and weeks on what my theme will be for the year, and more often than not, I will change my mind. And so, it happens, the most amazing ideas, flash through my mind, like a well-oiled bicycle wheel, within 24 to 48 hours of the commencement of the activity.
Why does my brain responds like this? I really wish I could tell you, but I can’t. I could ‘chalk it up’ to the old adage, “We will serve no wine before it’s time” but my colleagues give me the side eye and shout “Get your room together, we’ve got to get this show on the road!”
Well, here it is, Labor Day – The day before the instructional year commences and my “Relay Race” theme has exploded through my mind with images and quotes, Center ideas, reading and math groups, etc. at 5:30 a.m.!
I can only hope, that a school supply store, is open today, so that I can fulfill the requisite expectation for the frills that will encompass the environment, welcoming them into a new period of ‘pressing toward the mark’ of higher learning…so they can ‘run for the prize’.