This week I cleaned out the den, and about half of that work was organizing binders and school stuff. I came home in June and dumped a whole bunch of stuff in to the den. Then I came home from teaching summer school in July and dumped even more. I was finally able to focus on the wedding stuff so I didn't even care about the mess. Once I cleaned, I realized I had no more room for binders or anything. So I spent yesterday going through binders and clearing out duplicates, and making things a bit more organized. I also took all the courses I won't be teaching this year (civics, careers, math), and put it all in a box to go into the storage locker (sidenote - I should really clean the storage locker). Now my binders actually fit on my shelves, although I could use a lot more room, and I have a pile of stuff to go to school with me next week.
I have to do a run to Staples for the usual supplies (but NOT page protectors - after clearing out my binders I have now have 2 2-inch binders only filled with page protectors), Ikea for a new cabinet for my desk (I switched desks so I don't have as many drawers now in the department office), and Costco for a giant supply of Carnation Breakfast Shakes and Power/Granola Bars (I hardly have time to eat in the day and these would be a great help).
The rest of the week I'll make sure the first few days of school stuff is organized, and start planning units. This semester I am teaching 2 sections of grade 10 academic science, and 1 section of grade 12 college chemistry, and I have section period as my prep (with Marta!). I've taught these all before but there is a new biology unit in grade 10 - body systems (it used to be ecology, but now that's in grade 9) - so I'll have to look that over. Next semester I have 2 sections of grade 10 applied science, and 1 section of grade 11 university chemistry, with last period as my prep (my favourite prep time!). The 11 U is a new course for me (I've taught parts of it twice during LTO's, but not the whole course from start to finish), so it will require lots of prep. I looked at my class list for that and about half of the students I taught in grade 10 so that will be good.
Looking forward to the year and being at the same school again. Such a relief not to learn so many new staff and routines. I still don't know a lot of people, but it will be an easier first few weeks for sure! We'll see if people adjust to the name change for my first married teaching year!