It is normal to change things in the classroom over the years. Your classroom grows and changes with you. You take on new stuff, you purge old things. The classroom is ever changing (if you are doing your job right) as you learn as a teacher, everything about your teaching style, your curriculum, you classroom routine, changes. Change is good! Change is FUN!
I am FINALLY painting my classroom after 7 years of the same color, and I am so excited. Not so much about the actual painting part...but about the change. I am almost done painting, and even after finishing just the first coat of paint on the first wall, I knew the room was brighter and better. I knew the parents and the kids were going to love it!
As I paint, I am taking things down off the walls, keeping, storing and purging. I am getting reorganized and prepared for a new school year and a new classroom. Even a new me, I am taking all of the new things I have learned through my students and applying them to how I want my classroom to look and run next school year.
Many of my students next year are returning students. I have read so many things through out my years as an Early childhood student and teacher. That children need consistency, don't make major changes to the classroom, it unsettles the children. My students have come to learn change is good, they kind of have to. Throughout the school year we do change things. The room has to fit the children in the room. What works for last years students wont work for this years and sometimes things change month to month, week to week or day to day. Our classroom evolves with the children in the room. It changes with their interests. It changes when there are issues and two activities are not working well in close proximity. There are so many reasons for change. Yes, it does take some adjusting on everyone's parts, but that is OK. We are teaching our students that change can be good, and showing them the proper way to handle and deal with change. So I say, go forth and create some change in your classroom, help it to fit and work for the people in the room!