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Any advice for a teacher who's floating/roving?

Aug 8, 2013 8:41pm

I just found out that I will be homeless. No classroom to decorate, nothing to set-up, nothing to clean up, or hardly any place to clean. Actually, this doesn't sound bad even though I have had my "own" classroom in the past. Besides touching base with the resident teachers and asking them their concerns while I am their guest, what should my concerns be?

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  • 3-12
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    • Aug 9, 2013 7:43am

      When I had to travel, I found it helpful to color code my classroom information, for example, Teacher A's class information was in a blue folder with the teacher's name and time on a label on the outside, Teacher B's class information was in a red folder with their name and time. That way I always could 'code' information with a dot and it made sorting information and being organized a little easier. Also, if you have access to using a cart on wheels, that is an easier way to keep your basic 'stuff' with you.

      • Aug 18, 2013 12:03pm

        I was a teacher without a classroom too. I found that the best solution was to organize *my classroom* on a rolling cart with all my essentials. Another important thing I did was build relationships with the teachers of the classrooms I used and with the department chair. With each teacher, I discussed what could be shared space and what was off limits to me. Also, I found out little things about the teachers so that I could give them *surprise presents* every now and then. Example - one teacher loved snickers bars, so I would leave one as a surprise *thank you* once in a while. I found out that little, small things like that was much appreciated and made for good rapport. Also, wear good walking shoes. :)

        • Aug 9, 2013 6:54am

          Hey Ms. Collins,

          Thank you for your input and you're right about the smallest details like not having things at your fingertips that can throw you off. I'm trying to visualize how my day for each period is going to go and probably like everyone here, I'm a creature of habit. Things needed to be considered are some admin tasks like how and when am I going to take the attendance when the resident teacher's got a lock on the computer.

          • Aug 9, 2013 8:05am

            Hello Ms. Wakeman,

            I did think of getting a mobile wagon/cart actually to haul stuff to and from and in between rooms. It's great to use a cart with wheels if you're working between floors with elevators. Unfortunately the building I'll be working in has no elevator and I'll be jumping between floors. It's going to be a great workout. Please tell me more about how you color code stuff and how it works. I think I'll have my own system thrown in a duffel bag but I like the idea of how the visual aspect of it might make looking for things a lot faster with color codes. Thanks again.

            • Aug 13, 2013 10:02am

              Ms. Wald! Thanks for cheering me up. I think I'll wanna sing this tune while I'm pushing my cart if I decide to get one.

              • Aug 17, 2013 10:21am

                I agree with the cart idea!! That's how I survived the one year I was "homeless". Could you have a cart at each level? Would one teacher allow you to store the cart in their room when not in use?

                • Aug 17, 2013 12:10pm

                  Ms. Treadway,

                  Yes, I did consider combination of options like hauling both carts and bags but it seems more practical to carry a duffel bag around due to constraints in transition times when moving between and in floors. Mind you, we're a small school and the transition time is only a couple of mins.

                  • Aug 17, 2013 12:12pm

                    Plus there's issues with security which is my main concern so if I store one cart in one's room, there's no way to guarantee that the teacher in residence would look after it.

                    • Aug 18, 2013 12:16pm

                      Ms. Bailey,

                      Thanks for the wonderful advice. In all honesty, I am not one to shy away from rigorours activities. I love the practicality of your input. I am just so glad that I was not hired to be a style guru, not like I ever was good at keeping up appearances with my feet or otherwise.

                      Michael V.