Teaching is an interesting profession. It is the only profession I know where the employee has to set up their workspace at the beginning of the year and break it down ten months later. We are asked to remove everything off the floors and walls so that our summer custodial crew can prepare the building for the next year. We turn in our keys, even though we will be back in 54 days. After 12 years of teaching, I still find this a rather odd practice.
For the record, I had multiple projects unfold simultaneously in my classroom this year. My classroom is small for a chorus room. There is limited storage space in my classroom. For three years, I have been working on re-arranging, re-organizing and making my workspace functional, inviting and user-friendly. Since I have been at my school, I have purchased hundreds of dollars worth of new music and had nowhere to store it. I had 6 defunct filing cabinets in a tiny space that were cram-jammed full of music. Some of the music was so old, it cost $.20 for an octavo. Most octavos nowadays cost $1.95 each.
My music filing system has been a three-year, ongoing project. Funding had to be secured. The System had to be purchased. 60-year old cubbies had to be removed. The System had to be installed where the cubbies used to live. All of the music had to be transferred from 54-year old filing cabinets into the new System (Thank you, Stephanie!!) The entire process broke down when the doors for the System were damaged by the freight carrier who delivered them back in April. This project would have been completed before the end of the year had this not happened....UGH!!
As you can see in the bottom photo, the new doors are still resting in their shipping coffin and sitting on the floor waiting to be installed. I made several attempts to schedule the installation before the final bell rang this year, but I couldn't make it happen. FRUSTRATION!!
In the meantime, I decided to clean out the keyboard closet and move the old filing cabinets out so we could figure out a way to install racks on which to hang 21 keyboards. Another unfinished project....SAY IT ISN'T SO!!
If you know me at all, you know that I need closure in my world. I am not at rest until the compartments of my life are packaged up nicely and neatly with a red bow on top.
My school year still has a gaping hole in it. Doors on the floor. Keyboards on the floor. At this point, I'm not sure when or how my little projects will be completed. The custodians cannot strip and wax my floors with the doors in their final resting place. Drama Dude said he'd figure out a way to hang the keyboards. So now we wait.....
Keyboard closet where music was formally filed.
No more filing cabinets!! YAY!!
Bulletin boards refreshed for next year.
New Music Filing System (doors on the floor).
Classroom stripped down for custodial crew.
I would like to thank Brandon Lesando for his assistance yesterday with the filing cabinets. I could never have accomplished this task without his help. Drama Dude will come through; he always does. At this point, I cannot vouch for the installers. Unfinished business. My least favorite thing ever!
Until next time...