My classroom is a library. It is the most wonderful place in the world to work! I am surrounded by books and computers. I have an open schedule, so there are students and teachers coming in and out all day. My room is large with picture windows across two walls so I can see the school pass by like a fish in a bowl. Before our new wing was added this year, I could look out the window and watch the children at recess as they ran through the courtyard and the playground. I miss that!
The funny thing about those fishbowl windows is that as people pass by, they forget that I can see everything they do outside those windows. The students always act surprised when I knock on the window and ask them to stop hitting or running. I have seen many things out those windows. Sometimes I feel as if I am spying on the world through my own looking glass.
My actual work space is not what you would expect from a librarian. I have piles that each represent a work in progress. My goal this year is to clear the piles and not start them again, but I keep getting new projects added to my plate. As long as no one touches my piles, I am ok. It is a bit like an archaeological dig, but I can usually find everything I need. Due to the construction that went on this year, I had to share my workroom with PTA, so all my projects are on the circulation desk. The kids are used to it, but I know it drives my principal crazy. Maybe this week will be the one where the piles are cleared, but it will not be today–I’m off to a meeting.