One thing that is not new is that the room is not fully funded yet. Can we say Deja Vu??????? School starts with students on September 3 (incoming 9th graders). I don't have access to any IEPs so I have no clue what their skill sets are. There are only 2 hospital beds and a changing table as far as equipment. No technology, switches, big macs, wedges, therapy materials, teaching materials, NOTHING at all except what I am bringing with me. HA! The teacher that was in my room last year still has all of his stuff in there and likely doesn't know that his room has been switched. We go in for Prof Dev on Tuesday and Wednesday and have 2 days, Thursday and the following Tuesday, in which to put everything together before students start. The room is teeny tiny, and is basically a kitchen. I was in the classroom a couple of days this week, cleaning out the cupboards, which were dirty and filled with kitchen supplies. How many tongs does one SPED classroom need??????? Since there is no storage except these cupboards and some file cabinets, I had to be hard core about what was staying. Anyway, more pics to follow later, but here is the room as I first saw it. None of my stuff is in there.
My kitchen area. I have 2 refrigerators and a chest freezer!?!?? I've asked them to remove the side by side refrig and the chest freezer.
One white board (it's a double), and no bulletin boards. I do have a document camera.
The 2 hospital beds and the changing table, which we moved into the large restroom. Even though they have known since February this program was going to be in the building, they only ordered the therapy equipment last week, so we won't get them until "the end of September sometime".
The classroom next door and the washer and dryer.
The view from the doorway of the other classroom. The room is quite small.
See the big refrigerator and the chest in the corner? They will hopefully be gone by next week. There was no teacher desk in this room. I know there are you minimalists out there, but I need a desk, end of story. That corner is literally the only place to put one.
With big motorized wheelchairs, all their equipment, room needed to maneuver, I have no idea how to set up this room so that the one student I have that is mobile can have a work station. But it WILL happen, as I am one stubborn viking chick.
WISH ME LUCK!!