I am a teacher. And also a nerd. And sometimes I do things in public that make others stare at me.
The thoughts and ideas in this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated,and do not represent the views of my employer in any way.
Here’s what I’ve been up to at school.
Starting top left, moving clockwise:
My desk. I’m not using a teacher desk this year, just the built in computer table. The mail organizer I repurposed is in this picture- I don’t think I’ll mount it on the wall, but let it lean like that.
A really bad picture of my main dry erase board. You can see my model binders and my dry-eraser, which is really just a wash cloth with magnets sewn into the corner. CAHers saw that one coming, I think. The blue paper at the top is the set of classroom rules we all have.
The top right is my word wall. I’m not 100% sold on it being my word wall, but we’ll see. I’ll use the dry erase board next to it for the daily schedule because we’ve never done block scheduling and I’m sure it will be very confusing at first.
My glorious window! And the “communications center.” There’s where I have the printer, phone, and class mailboxes set up. The lamp will be moved somewhere, I promise. What you don’t see is the mega long, mega messy computer counter that has a lot of stuff, but no computers yet. We’ll get there. The table it all rests on is my actual kitchen table, which I brought in for a prop for a school play and never took home…Oops. Under the table, and behind the fabric, is my microwave, standing on a clever arrangement of a printer box with holes cut to fit under the table.
Bottom right shows the back of my room. The dry erase board will be the Wall of fame and the Git ‘er done board, which I used last year with a lot of success. The smaller board is my learning target board. I’ll hand write them in and the little red clothes pins will hold up the CCSS.
That little blue dry erase board on the cabinet is my Greek of the Week board. When we get new ones, I put them on the SmartBoard for a quick exercise, but if kids are absent, or can’t remember one for review in class, they can check this cute little board. The blue file-folder is where my lesson plans go to be accessible to administrators. The blue bulletin board is the word wall.
Bottom left: My favorite! This is my reading corner. I still have some pillows to add, and a sign with expectations to add. That papasan chair was $5 at Goodwill and my mom whipped up a cover in no time from a $2 tablecloth.
My supplies bookshelf. This is where students will go to get supplies they may need. I will be putting Command hooks on the side to hold little bags of calculators. The greenish bucket holds glue sticks, the 3 drawer guy holds paper and rulers. I’m thinking about putting a curtain over the bottom two shelves; they are kind of an eyesore. If I do that, the binder with bellringers will find a new home. To the left is my stop-sign exit slip poster for sticky-note questions, statements, and inferences.
In the center is a better view of my main dry erase board. You can see my model binders, my model writer/reader notebook, and (if you squint, maybe, and zoom in) my classes for the agenda. The chevron signs to the left are various things we are required to have posted in our room; I posted on tumblr about them earlier this summer.
That’s my classroom so far! I have 6 super awkward tables that I’m still figuring out. The chairs haven’t moved in yet because I need more than I had last year. I still have a lot of work to do, but I love the way my room is shaping up!
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