So as some of you may have read a couple posts ago, I have been trying to regularly go to my friend Cassie’s workout class on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Since we are using the gym next door to school, I figured after the workouts I might as well get my classroom set up and decorated sooner rather than later. This way, when it gets closer to the beginning of the 2017-2018 year, I can focus more on my lesson planning instead of decorating. So here is the first look at my room so far 🙂
The first thing I ended up organizing was my desk. I loved hanging up the pictures/ doodles that my kiddos made me last year. Also, having pictures of my family and friends to look at daily makes me smile. The memes I have make the students laugh and this year I plan on doing a meme calendar (showcase the most popular -appropriate- meme of the month) for fun.
One thing our team is excited for this year is our “phone lots”. Last year we had such an issue with cell phones being out in class and in the hallway and in the bathroom. It was absolutely absurd. Perhaps that will be another blog post in and of itself. Either way, this year each student will be assigned a number and if they have a cell phone it is to be turned off and placed in their numbered slot at the beginning of class.
You’ll see in the next few pictures why I am so excited about this room…. whiteboards! I have so many this year and I couldn’t be more excited. This picture is the front of the room. The board on the left will be for important reminders and my motivational quotes. The center and right whiteboards will be for notes. One thing that I’m keeping from last year is the word “FOCUS” around the clock. It seems students are more preoccupied with ‘when is this class over?’ instead of the lesson, hopefully this helps keep them on task. The words underneath the board are a collection of language arts terms and I found them at the Dollar Tree.
I’m excited for this front bulletin board and table, but I have to wait for my order to arrive from Oriental Trading. The board is covered with .99 plastic table cloths. When my order arrives the board will serve as a welcome station. It will have a large dry erase calendar on it. As well as any flyers for upcoming school or community events. This front table is also where the students will turn in their work and find any assignments if they are absent.
I still need to find my orange computer chairs from last year, but this is the computer station! The bulletin board is covered in a green, sparkly fabric and the border is a combination of scalloped paper border and plastic table cloths. The counter off to the right is the home of the students’ mailboxes, where they can find anything that was handed back while they were out. This is also where the art items are as well (scissors, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.). Props to Shannon for helping me make the tissue paper poms.
Have I mentioned how much whiteboard space I have?? This white board is where the student objectives, agenda, and focus for the day will be. It is split to show 8th Reading/ Writing, 7th Reading/ Writing, and Enrich. I haven’t had a chance to get my labels up yet.
What’s that? MORE WHITEBOARD! I haven’t had a chance to put the tape up yet, but this board will be sectioned into 4 spaces and will showcase class test score averages. I think it’s important to have a visual of growth in the classroom for the students to see how they are doing. The purple and green bulletin board is unfinished and being moved and the boggle board below (hey, alliteration) will take it’s place. At a more manageable height, of course.
Remember the unfinished purple board from the last picture? It is being moved to above my newly painted bookcase. Since it will be too tall for me to change often, I plan on having the Dr. Seuss quote, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” In addition, I plan on starting a DonorsChoose project to fund a bigger classroom library so that my kiddos have more books to choose from.
So that’s what I’ve done so far, with a lot of help from my friends. Next week I need to finish up my boards, print off all my labels, hang the rest of my posters, and organize the desks. I have 44 in my room and only need 30-32. So that should be fun! Thanks for reading 😉