I realize there might be a bit of back story needed to fully understand my situation:
I completed my graduate student teaching at my school, in 3rd grade, from August-December of 2010. The principal is amazing and wanted to keep me around so she hired me as a permanent substitute from January-June 2011. While I was subbing she hired me to teach for the upcoming school year! Yay! Things worked out in a wonderful way and it turns out that I will be taking the spot of my mentor teacher (who will be moving to a different school) and I will move into the classroom where I did my student teaching, teaching 3rd grade. Because my mentor teacher was so great, she left me a lot of things to help me get my school year started including books, pocket charts, student supplies, posters, teacher office supplies, storage bins and tubs, games, construction paper, etc. (You can read more about all of the goodness she left in this post).
Below are pictures of what I encountered today:
YAY!!!!! I was so happy when I saw this! I am officially official!
A bookshelf already full of books is a great thing! Although I still have a lot of books to bring in.
If my mentor teacher wouldn't have left me construction paper I would have had to buy it with my alotted money! I'm VERY happy about this!
Froggy Games & Reading Rods
Some other language games, many of which have not yet been opened!
All of the pencils, expo markers, post-its etc. that my mentor teacher left for me.
Class sets of clipboards (many which were not used) and 40+ whiteboards.
My math manipulative cabinet already filled with manipulatives (although I will definitely have to sort and reorganize). P.S. This cabinet does have doors that close so the tubs are not exposed.
The 4 tablets of jumbo chart paper that was left, I also have 7 medium sized tablets of chart paper.
The 3rd grade hallway!
The wardrobe filled with goodies! The hanging clothes protector has pocket charts and posters inside.
30+ book bins
My amazing easel with 2 dry erase sides and four storage tubs!
Some of the math manipulative goodies.