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AN (EMPTY) ROOM OF ONE'S OWN

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Like many educators, Wockerjabby teaches in four different classrooms each day. But for the first time in her career, she's in a classroom that stays empty after her last period teaching.

so now, one of the most reliable small pleasures of my teaching day is that empty classroom. I can chat with the kids who want to stay a few minutes extra to ask for help or talk about their birthday parties (this was not the case in my cohort, but apparently when you are a girl your sixteenth birthday is a huge deal. like it might as well be your wedding). I can stare out the window if I want to. every day I savor the process of cleaning up the front desk, washing out beakers or peeling apart bits of different-colored clay, separating homework and classwork into neat piles secured with copper paper clips, packing my bins neatly so that everything is in its place. sometimes I sit on top of the slate lab table and just admire the classroom in its state of quiet, half-ordered exhalation.
sanity comes in small helpings, I guess.

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I know the feeling. My schedule includes 2 buildings where at the junior high I share a class room. I am a "Transitions Instructor" for a group of at-risk seventh grade students. I have them for the a block of three hours (mathematics,literature,today's issues) of their day. But I feel that I can't leave anything "out of order" so I find that the room doesn't reflect my personality or my students.

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