Saturday, May 12, 2012

Oh, my!  My world has turned upside down since I first started this blog & I am just now getting my feet under me.  While I was on Spring Break, my husband came home to say that he had gotten a promotion.  Very exciting and well deserved...but...he was promoted to a post in England and we are supposed to be there by the beginning of August!  Which, isn't that bad, until you realize that my son & I are in a year-round school.  We do not finish school until June 28th!  That is not a lot of time to sell a house, pack & have stuff shipped.  I have contacted a shipping company & they tell me it will take 5-7 weeks to ship everything, which means that I will have to have stuff packed BEFORE the school year ends!  I do intend to teach somewhere in the UK (not stressing that one right now), but what do I take & what do I leave.

I am packing up my classroom slowly, but surely, but it isn't easy!  I am currently teaching at a brand new school, so there wasn't a single thing in the room for me when I first started.  I have put a lot of my own money into my classroom, not to mention my blood, sweat & tears!  It kills me that I am going to have to leave all of the Unique stuff that I have made, but my system did purchase the rights to it & supplied me with cardstock (most of it anyway).  I am hoping that the person who takes my place will not be a brand new teacher & will have some stuff to work with.

While it KILLS me, I am also going to leave ALL of the "stuff" I have amassed to create tasks with.  I can always collect more, right?

I am leaving most of my Social Studies tasks/folders because most of it is either NC or USA history related.  I am also leaving most of my money tasks because I don't foresee teaching American monetary units to British children!  But I am struggling with all of the other units I have built.  I worked hard to put everything together & I don't want to leave it all behind.  But I also don't want to pay to have it shipped if I don't need it.

How much of a library do I leave in my room?  The school hasn't bought me any books for my classroom.  Most of my books have been donated to me through the years, so I won't be out money there.  If I take everything, there won't be a library for the students if the new person doesn't already have one.  However I do want to take a library with me.  I am really struggling with this, as my system is in such a budget crunch that I know there won't be any money to give to a new teacher to build a classroom library.

What do I leave?  How do I pair everything down?  What do/did you leave behind when you move(d)?

So much to do, so much to think about!

1 comment:

  1. I know this is unconventional but I am one of your followers, I have not been on in a while due to things going on within my school district that have made it hard to contribute. I wrote a post on my blog today briefly letting people know about what is going on. If you could stop by and read it and spread the word to ask others to read it I would appreciate it.
    Thank You With All The Love,
    Mrs. Schatz