Inservice is over, and the kids are coming Monday! I haven't finished going through the storage room and library yet, but my office is no longer a hot mess--progress! The room is set for students, even if the walls are a little bare. I think the hardest thing for me is that I have to be okay with things not being "perfect" for the first day. I keep thinking of things that I want to get out of my school boxes (we may need to rent a truck to get it all here next weekend!), and it's killing me to not have it all ready right now. I don't have all the great technology and instruments that I had in my last school, so I'm having to remember how to teach without them--who knew it would be so hard?
I've gotten some great ideas from the amazing teachers on the Music K-8 list. If you are not a subscriber, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is a network of music teachers all across the country who share ideas, ask questions, and support each other in what can be a lonely job. You can subscribe at musick8.com by clicking on the "Mailing List" tab at the top of the page. I would suggest creating a separate email account just for this, though. There can be 100 or more posts every day, so you may not want it clogging another inbox.
Now that my stuff is organized, I need to write out my lesson plans. Have a great first week, everyone!