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Guidance Classroom

My ideas for posts usually come to me at the most inopportune time, like when I’m running errands or at the ASCA conference this summer.  By the time I get in front of my computer I have the topic idea with me still but all the rest of my thoughts are gone, they’ve moved onto something else like what’s for dinner?  This post idea came to me while I was at my computer checking my email, I figured I better take advantage and get it written while the ideas are still in there!

If you’ve read the “About Me” section of this blog you may know that I am a part time counselor between three buildings. One of my schools this coming year is new to me so I’m not sure what to expect but the other two I will be returning to for my second year.  I just found out I get my very own classroom at one of the schools!  Now what you might not know about me is that I have always wanted to be in education.  Since I was five years old I wanted to be a teacher.  As I grew up the focus shifted towards school counselor but I do love the teaching aspect of my job. During my internship my supervisor had a classroom of her own.  It was the best thing ever!  Being the intern it meant I had my own space, she was in her office and my office became the classroom. The classroom also allowed her to take the students for classroom lessons to her space.  Much like the students go to art or music class the students went to guidance.  It was awesome!  It allowed the teachers a small break/prep time and the students understood who was in charge.  I am beyond excited to have my own classroom! 

As my husband said when I told him the news “Oh, you get to decorate.”  Yep, I get to decorate and for me that is reason enough to be excited. However, decorating means I can have a bulletin board to go with my monthly themes, I can have a standardized system for classroom management, all my Pinterest ideas will finally have a place to call home : )  My own classroom also means I have room to hold groups bigger than four students at a time, my lessons can be more active, I can have a seating chart that stays the same since the room will be the same each time.  I may actually learn the rest of the students names! (I have about 500 kids at this school and probably know 100 of their names.) 

Do you have your own classroom?  If so, how do you utilize and decorate it?  I’ll post a picture once I have mine all situated and pretty : )