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One of my favorite quotes is from the movie "Hope Floats"...
"...momma always says...that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too..."
Beginnings are scary. After twenty one years in the classroom, beginning are still scary!
I was so worried about getting everything done. I don't have any other time to set up my classroom library...what happens if it doesn't get done? How will I finish? Worries plagued me as I tried to sleep.
At 7:30 I crept into room C10. I haven't stepped foot in school since last June. The hallways were dark, the floors gleaming as I opened the door to my beloved classroom...took a deep breath and smiled.
It felt like coming home. Quickly I moved in some new bookcases and started arranging the furniture.
Other teachers were getting some work done and I got to visit for a bit...new teachers were already back to work. I love meeting the new teachers...so much energy!!!
At exactly nine o'clock, my trusty helpers arrived. Tori, Emily and Jessica. I taught Tori and Emily in sixth grade (they are now SENIORS in high school) and I met Jessica today. Our task was simple but daunting, move all of my classroom library books from the book room (a hallway away) to my classroom and then organize them in alphabetical order. (I'm trying something new this year.) My classroom library consists of over a thousand books!
The girls got right to work. We found carts and loaded them up. It took three girls with three carts three trips to move all of the books. That took about thirty minutes.
Piles of books as far as the eye could see and they all needed to be sorted. I took a deep breath and wondered if it was a silly idea, but the girls dove right in!
I'm alphabetizing my books this year as an experiment. Sorting by genre wasn't working for me and I struggled with where some books belong as they fit many genres. Also some of the "genres" were made-up categories by me. I want this to be as authentic as possible, so we are trying alphabetical this year.
Off they went, moving around piling books into piles talking and laughing. I was convinced we'd never have enough time and boy was I wrong! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! They arrived to my classroom at 9am. They moved the books, organized the books and shelved the books, AND ate some pizza. They finished by 1:00pm.
The books look beautiful and I had a lovely time with these three smart, funny, beautiful young women! I am so blessed. Thank you Tori, Emily & Jessica! You guys are the best!!