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Monday, July 14, 2008

It will be August soon!!

I got started today at school to set up my office as Fresh Start Coordinator. I had a wonderfully huge classroom -- more than 25 feet wide and 40 feet long plus an office that was about 10 x 12. I was just fortunate (and there long enough) to inherit one of the old rooms with an office that was inaccessible from the outside. The entrance was only through my classroom which made it unusable for anything else. Nice.

Well my new office is 10 and 1/2 feet by 12 feet. About the size of the old one that I mostly used as a closet!! Yikes. I'm trying to fit some stuff in and still leave room to meet with kids -- there's a table that 30" by 60" with 8 chairs. Doesn't leave room for much else. Just a desk in the corner of the room...I'm trying to line the room with bookshelves to keep my books, etc. But, wow! Is this going to be different. It doesn't have an outside wall either...that means NO WINDOW!!! So, I'll have to go garage sale-ing to look for an old window frame that I can attach to the wall and paint a scene -- a fake window!!! Maybe I can put a small shelf behind it and put my Sun-light lamp there. I'll have to see.

Fortunately, a friend is taking my old room. I'll have to leave several of my filing cabinets there for storage. I might be able to squeeze ONE into this new office.

But I'm excited about the possibilities. I did finally find something in the office left by the person before last! It has the goals, at least:

For the targeted (at risk) students:
  • Increase attendance
  • Increase graduation rate
  • Improve academic performance and self-confidence

Pretty hefty broad-sweeping goals.

The teaching component is equally ambiguous:

"The program is based on teaching the following:
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Self-Discipline
  • Independence"
I think I have my work cut out for me.

In spite of the obstacles, I'm still very excited about working with students in an environment outside of the classroom.


Maggie - Mom of Six said...

Moving - taking stuff you have and trying to fit it into a new space....Hope it all fits where you need it!

truth said...

My daughter bought some "faux windows" that were white frames and mirrored. They turned out so nice. But, I guess you have to have something nice on the opposite wall to really give the appearance of a window and seeing something.

I was thinking about you today. Sort of strange, I guess. Was wondering if you were going to be ministering in Mexico any time soon. And here you are with a new office.

I'll have to email you privately at some point and give you Ethan's latest update on school. Officially Christina isn't supposed to say anything about it, as per her attorney. (He accepted her case pro bono.) So I really can't share just yet. But I'd love to when it is finalized.

Maggie - Mom of Six said...

Did you find Pierre's sight? When it was set up, his son was not born yet, but he is a real cutie!

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