(Raising right arm gingerly) Been there, done that -- just
last summer! I broke my right elbow late last July, and it
was a rather rocky start to the school year. I was moving
into a new classroom for me (same grade level, different
room), and of course nothing was ready for me.
Enlist help. Your students will probably LOVE to help you
in whatever they can. Have parents worry about the walls,
etc., you should not try to hang the student work, anchor
charts, or anything else on the wall.
Be prepared to take off school for orthopedic appointments.
Have a set of sub plans ready to go, and/or make sure your
SubTub or notebook (or both) are always loaded. Your
experience may be different, but it seemed that the latest
ortho appointments that I could get were always at 3:00,
and I had to drive 45 minutes to get there - so it was a
half-day sub. Then there was physical therapy - another
ball game entirely -
Good luck, and holler back for any more specifics.