In non-writing news, the biggest development is that my school just finished a beautiful new addition. For the first time in 26 years of teaching and working in schools, I have a classroom of my own! Yes, I am seriously excited.
I've been spending a lot of time moving costumes and props, getting organized, and also trying to make it feel warm and inviting. It's a big room, and so trying to make it feel homey and comfortable for the kids has been occupying a lot of my time.
One of the things I wanted to do was put some applicable sayings up with that vinyl lettering you see all over. I've never done this before and it's probably good! I have two big 15 foot sections of classroom wall I wanted decorate. If I realized how much work it was, I might not have tried!
Happily, I was clueless enough to try and I'm glad I did! Here's the wall behind the choral risers.
Since I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir, this saying is very appropriate! It's straighter than it looks, by the way. The "M" got bunched up and is crooked. But the curve of the pipe in the ceiling makes it look slanted. And it's really not :)
Here's the section of wall where the kids face--where I have my smartboard and white board. I thought a long time about what to put here. We sang this song this year and it has special significance for me because of that. But also, I thought this was a great reminder for middle school kids to see. It makes me happy that my students will look at this every day that they have class with me--for three years! I hope it will sink in.
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