I was having a conversation with a friend about the concept of “Tabula Rasa”–someone she had met had never heard of the concept. We had a good chuckle about it, but it did get me to thinking. We have a VERY unusual profession in that we have a clear start and end to every year. We get a new group of students for a set amount of time, have to prepare our rooms and our resources, give 110% effort for an academic year, then collapse in a heap. We get a little time to try to breathe–and then we repeat.
It is a roller coaster–but it has its advantages. One of them is, for me, the idea of a “fresh start” or blank slate. Whether you think of it literally–like this:
|This bad boy is huge (looks like I need to tighten that fabric again…grrrr). I think it will be my math board. The smaller black one I think will be a “Challenge” board and/or math rotations.|
|The back of my room as the boards in the top photo and these three. No idea what is going here yet–probably a welcome to fourth grade board and some “content” stuff to start the year.|
|To the left of this photo is my calendar board, this “up high” black bulletin board, and the purple and blue ones. What is going on those? Ummmmmm . . .|