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I’d Like a Clutter-Free Classroom, Please.


Waaaayyyy back in February, on Valentine’s Day to be exact, I wrote my first post for “Teaching:  A How-To Guide”.  My goal in starting this blog was to have a public record of my success in the Clutter-Free Classroom Project, which I somehow (Pinterest?) found on this amazing blog, The Clutter-Free Classroom.  Its author is my hero these days!  If you’re not already a regular reader, you need to head on over and see what you’re missing!

Of course, as is typical for me, I came to the Project late by a month and a half, so I never really caught up.  What with kids in the room all day, my chronic migraine flaring up big time as we got closer to state testing in April…  you know how it is.  I realized the day I was having my kids take a reading test while I dragged my area rug from one side of the room to the other that my project might not be in the best interest of my students at that particular moment.  However, I vowed – yes I did – to return to the Clutter-Free Classroom Project when summer arrived.

I have one week left of summer school and planning with my team.  Then I’m going to hit that room hard until the custodians bodily remove me so they can clean.  And I’ll be recording my progress here from now until the room is perfect, which allows me to keep blogging long after summer is over!



The Chaos That is Me


One of the reasons I decided to start this blog is that I am a mess.

Two parts of my psyche battle it out, both in my personal and professional lives.

Oh, no, not like Sybil or anything.

One part of me craves order, structure, and routine.

I could use six arms.

The other part is in love with spontaneity, freedom, and doing what feels right in the moment.

Yep. This is totally me.

Both sets of traits serve me well as a teacher, but both also make my life much more difficult than I’d like it to be.  Fortunately, I recently stumbled across The Clutter-Free Classroom.

What an amazing blog by an amazing teacher named Jodi.  This woman has more energy in her little finger than I have in my entire body.  I spent hours poring over her blog posts until I had read just about every one to date.

And now I’m inspired.  As usual, I’m coming late to the game, but I am accepting Jodi’s Clutter-Free Classroom Challenge.  I’ll update my progress in future posts, but to find out the details of the Clutter Free Challenge, click here.