Friday, August 31, 2012

Finally!

My room is finally ready for the first day of school, and I'm finally getting a chance to share the process!  Here's what the room looked like when I finally got in last week:




Luckily, the wonderful custodians put the furniture back in the room, and most of it was in a logical place, so that's where it stayed.  I moved a few things, but I just didn't have time to be creative this year. Just a little quick shuffling.  (It was really nuts having this little time to set up!)

The large group area and library corner.  Like my new purple and green book boxes? My calendar definitely needs an upgrade, but perhaps later in the year!  

My new sports themed Super Improvers Wall.  This book shelf never got straightened out.  I just didn't have time.  I'll have to straighten as I use the stuff!

The reading table.  I find it so handy to have that bulletin board behind me.  I keep the essential questions, phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension skills we're working on in Reading Street right there.

Don't blink.  My desk won't be this organized again!

The writing shelves.  These shelves contain their writing folders and plenty of paper and supplies.  Writer's Workshop is big in my classroom!

See my new sports themed posters?  That bulletin board will be a word wall soon.  Unfortunately we only have 2 laptops for the kids, but they're quality.  We have a big old dinosaur of a printer.  It only prints in black and white, but I've had it for years, and it's very dependable! 

The view from the reading table.  Yes, I have beanie babies all over the classroom.  I let the kids keep them on their desks when they behave.  Yep, bribery works!  Since I have such a small group this year, I'll only use the front desks as kids' desk.  The back desks will be used for centers and activities that I can leave set up.  (I've never had extra space like this before!)

My desk area.  I think I'm going to like the classroom set up this way.  We are on the south side of the building, which means we get sun all day.  That's great in the winter, but this time of year gets pretty hot, especially since they lowered the ceilings.  (That was the delay in getting into the room to set up.  It will save heat in the winter, but I definitely notice a difference!)  We have a total of 4 windows looking onto the playground.

My teaching area and my library corner.  This chair has been "loved", but it's comfy and it works.  For years, this chair has been nicknamed "the drop chair".  Whoever sits in it ends up dropping stuff.  I always do! I'm not crazy about this easel, since it doesn't fit chart paper, but I love the shelves.  



I love to look at pictures of people's classrooms!  Honestly, I'm so relieved mine is done!

13 comments:

  1. Your room looks great! We have our open house before school starts too. I agree about seeing my former students. Hope you have a great year!
    Kimberly
    Funky First Grade Fun

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    1. Kimberly,

      Thanks! I hope you have a great year as well!

      Sally

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  2. It looks great! I love how much space you have! Have a great year!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to a great year!

      Sally

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  3. Your room looks good! I like how everything doesn't have to be perfect. I have piles that need organizing too, but it can wait for another day.
    With your positive outlook I know you'll have an amazing year. I'm excited to read more about this year!
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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    1. Amy,

      Thanks so much! I had to set my priorities as I set up the room, I knew I couldn't do it all!

      Sally

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  4. Your room looks great! My table was a mess after 1 day so don't feel bad. Thanks for linking up!

    Swimming into Second

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    1. Courtney,

      Thanks! My desk is where everything lands during the day that I don't have time to deal with while teaching. It's always a heap by the end of the day!

      Sally

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  5. Your room looks so fun! I love the sports theme idea!

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    1. Kelly,

      Thanks so much! I'm having fun with the sports theme!

      Sally

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  6. I like it! I teach 4th grade, and I keep forgetting to take photos, but I will and then I'll link for you.

    I'm jealous of your two laptops and printer, and all your open space! We have labs but limited access due to a tight schedule of classes in them. Enjoy all that space.

    Question: Do you find windows looking over the playground a distraction? I'm lucky because my windows are high, and my classroom on the 4th (US 5th) floor, so it's not really an issue for me, but I could see it being a challenge if something exciting is happening on the playground when you're teaching.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Karen,

      I do love my laptops, and my open space!

      Yes, the windows overlooking the playground can be a distraction. I do have shades, but I try to keep the class activities so exciting that the children are focused. Sometimes, it comes in handy to be overlooking the playground when issues come up concerning our New England weather. There are many lessons there!

      Sally

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    2. And here's the link to my post showing my classroom. Enjoy. http://teachingincambodia-kk.blogspot.com/2012/09/welcome-back-to-grade-4k.html

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