Sorry to call it crap. It's not that I'm not psyched about my room (my last classroom NEVER looked this organized!)... but I have a headache that just reached critical mass and I will probably be at school for 13 hours tomorrow, as we have Open House. I can't seem to keep up with the awesomeness of the teachers around me (no, I am not yet planned for the next 2 weeks and do not yet have units finished for math... good for you, though!) Seriously, it's hard to convey tone in print... but that snarkiness was directed only at myself and not the aforementioned awesomeness of the teachers around me.
I am actually REALLY excited about Open House! At my old school, we did not have one before school started, which I always thought was kind of weird. I am thrilled that my students will have a glimpse of where they are going to sit and get to know the "lay of the land" so to speak. I think it will make the usually bewildered and slightly terrified faces that walk into my classroom on the first day a little less bewildered and terrified. And that's a good thing.
The other thing I'm super excited about right now is that I put up a project on donorschoose.org. In case you don't know, that's a fantastic charity/website where people can browse teacher's project requests and help to fund them. I wrote a project proposal asking for sets of books on CD so that I can actually have a "Listen to Reading" section of my literacy block.
Anyway, I emailed my project page to my family and friends, hoping to get people excited to fund my (or even other people's, I guess) projects. So far my brother, dad, aunt, uncle, and friend have given. Amazing stuff! I highly recommend browsing the site if you're feeling charitable. (Even if you don't give to me. I guess.) You can give any amount - and so many of these teachers are working in incredibly underfunded schools with poverty-stricken students.