"I thought this was your dream." was the remark from husband man's mouth after I told him I'm just stressed about opening this new room.
It stung a little. It was (still is, I think) my dream to have my own classroom. That doesn't take away the stress of starting a brand new one :)
After numerous class list changes and four room rearrangements, I will have a full time aide and 6 wonderfully 14/15 year old boys :) all have autism + something else! Five of them attend my school already and I have been getting to know throughout this year. One of them will start brand new with us next Wednesday! The cool thing is, that he'll start on the very first day of our new classroom.
The overwhelming this is, he'll start on the very first day of our new classroom...
There are so many more aspects to a classroom than I realized. I know I have the essential parts in my head, but executing them and having them in place is taking more than the fifteen minutes I feel as though I have :)
The catchy part was that I was still teaching the 10 high schoolers in this room up until yesterday. As soon as they left, I started to tear apart Kerry's room and shift what was left of her stuff down to her new room. I left because we were traveling home for Thanksgiving....leaving a HUGE mess for me to come back to.
The good news is that I have Monday and Tuesday to work on my room. I am beyond grateful the change is happening over a long break because I wouldn't have been able to do it all in a weekend. I also have a great aide who has offered to help with anything I need!
Any suggestions for how to make a large change a little easier on kids with autism??!!