|Day 6 of 31 at TWT!|
In my first position (my first 2 years of teaching), I traveled between 6 buildings during the year (switching mid-day and then to 2 new schools each trimester). Out of all those buildings, I had a room one time: half a day, for a trimester. All the rest of the time, I traveled to the "regular classrooms" of my kids (every 3rd-5th grader took my class). Because I had different classes every day (each class had Spanish once a week), this was a LOT of classrooms to wheel myself in and out of! Ready for some more math?
|my little old cart, with fantastic pockets!|
(average of 5 classrooms per day) x (5 days a week) x (3 trimesters) = 75ish classrooms in a year!
Slightly fewer the year I had my own room that one time, but accurate for the 2nd year when I never had a room. I was a cart ninja. I could adapt to any classroom arrangement imaginable. I had a system for everything inside a little cart that fit in the passenger seat of my car (for the travel between buildings). I even found one that had a million little pockets for all my stuff!
Then I got my current position, which I've had for 3 years now. The first year, I didn't have a room at any of my 3 schools. Since I now saw the kids every day (and they were slightly older kids!), I suddenly had way more materials to pass out, way more complex lesson activities, and way more work being turned in. I needed to figure out an even better system. I also didn't need my little tiny cart anymore because I didn't have to travel to a different school during the day. I graduated to a big cart and became an Advanced Cart Ninja.
Last year, I got a room at School #1 and two half-rooms (my 6th grade classes were all in one and my 7th grade classes all in another) at School #2. This year, I got rooms at School #1 and School #2. I graduated to Teacher With A Room! Except at School #3. At School #3, I continued refining my big-cart skills with things I had incorporated into my rooms that were now "essential". I became an Outstanding Cart Ninja.
|my awesome cart right now!|
I was going to tell you all about all the parts of my cart, but this post is already too long. Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 and get a closer look at everything I have on my cart!