Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classroom Tour 2014

I am finished! 
Ok not really. 
It looks good, but I'm still trying to figure out the logistics of how things are going to run in my new classroom. We had our open house picnic on Tuesday with the class list reveal and today was the first day with students. Luckily, we don't start switching for our leveled reading and math classes until Monday. I have a general idea of how I want things go, but we'll see. This is a new grade, a new math program, a new way I am using our reading program and waiting on IT to get through some work orders. A lot of things are bound to change.

Without further ado…

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Just inside the door, along the back wall. 
The cubbies are where my students will keep their binder/homework folder, notebooks, and other personal supplies until they are sent into their other classes.

From the other back corner
I have boxes out for some supplies if students brought them to the open house.

My teacher corner
I went to a kidney table this year and a small side table. I'm excited about not having a black hole to just drop things in. 

View from my corner
My hubby made me the pine shelf and I love it! 
File crates fit perfectly and so do the three drawer organizers. 
I'm still decided what to do with the black paper trays and colored tubs. 
Last year I used them for turn in bins and each class had a designated color. I think I will do the same again this year and then when I need to go through them, set the tub on my black filing cabinets so I know that I need to take care of that tub. We'll see if I'm able to keep up on them better than last year. 

My calendar
Where I am going to try out Jivey's Mentor Sentences with my intervention reading class.

*p.s.* I had asked for some ideas on how to cover the bottom of the chalkboard where there used to be a shelf. I ended up using just a regular border. Corkboard went right up to the edge of the chalkboard so I stapled it and it worked out perfectly!

My library
Homework page to fill out for students to copy into their planner
My fun US map rug I scored at Costco
I have the reading intervention class so I went through and separated out series that are close to their reading levels. I also put out some picture books because I will have students with 1st-2nd grade reading levels. We'll see how it works. 
I am super excited about having it actually organized and labeled. :)

My attendance check in. 
I feel like I need something above it because the fabric is really busy but haven't figured out what I want there.

Students choose a red or blue stick and put it their pocket. This does two things, I know who is here and how many hot lunches to account for. 

*Note* One day in and that cup needs a different means of attachment. 
Right now its on a picture frame Command hook, but with students reaching in, it fell off. TWICE. 

My still work in progress texts and supply area.
Math folders
Go Math program student materials that need ripped out and organized
Empty tubs for possible reading workshop activities.
I have team tubs (which I now have to figure out where to put a 7th tub)
Go Math manipulative storage

My students store their backpacks in their desk because my closet is tiny. 
We have to keep it open for snow gear. It's not fun when a kid's back pack is soaked because of wet gear.
I also use the chair covers so students have a place to put things out of the way during reading and math since we switch for leveling.

My coat closet
I'm going to be keep extra markers, colored pencils and things like that in the tubs.

My welcome message during Open House.

The best addition to my classroom was today.
My husband has been on another out of town work assignment. He left last Monday and was suppose to come home today but it got extended another week. I feel for those single parents who work. I have been stressed and exhausted. If it wasn't for good friends, I don't know what I would have done. 
Today I received a delivery. 
A beautiful wrap of flowers from my husband! (with a little help)
I got a vase during a break and it just made my day to look at these and know that he remembered me on this day. It was perfect. I love him! 
Sorry if too mushy for you, but I do! :) 

Hope you enjoyed "visiting" my room!

1 comment:

  1. Your room looks great. I've got to go back to school tomorrow before our Orientation on Monday. What am I doing instead....staying up until 2 am to read blogs. Lol! Hope you had a restful weekend and have a great week this week! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'