Almost 2 weeks ago I posted this photo of my classroom on Facebook.
I moved to a new school this year. My room looked a lot smaller than my old one, but after coming up with a plan, things finally came together and it feels bigger now.
I loved the comments I got, especially about the t.v. cart! Yes, I had a flashback to 1995 when we first got those in our room with a computer underneath and we thought they were the coolest thing EVER! Well, that t.v. is gone. It didn't have a computer on it otherwise I would have kept it.
Also, my new school is very strict with the Fire Marshall code. Only 20% of the wall should be covered. So it may still seem kind of bare, but I was able to bring some color to it to make it feel inviting.
So here we go.
This is the entry view of my classroom. My tables are in a U shape with the white board in front. I've done U shapes before, but they don't usually last long so we'll see what happens this year.
This is the board at the front. The monkeys are on clothespins and I plan to put student work here. The cart underneath will house the listening center. The white board in the middle was not there at first. I got this from my grandfather in law and my husband came and put it up for me. I prefer white boards over chalkboards. The chalkboard at the end will hold our Objectives and Standards for the day/week.
These are on each table for supplies. I put a sight word at each table and call the table by that sight word. When I change it out the words go on the Word Wall.
This is my calendar wall. I'm having to revert from my Smart Board and it's kiiiind of killing me, but not really. After my writing training this summer, I learned that now, more than ever, writing in front of the kids is very important and a great way for them to learn the mechanics of writing. Calendar is one way to do that, along with Morning Messages.
This is a rolling chart cart. It may stay here, it may not. My Secret Stories are at eye level with the kids so when we talk about one or a secret comes up in conversation, I can get to it easier to talk about it. On the cart is a story map that I like to use each week with our new stories. This is also the wall that my projector will go on. Yes, I do have a projector, so I'm not completely without technology.
This is one of my shelves that I love! These are all of my books that have a beanie or character to go with them. I plan to use these for Read to Someone before letting my students read to each other.
This is the back wall that I turned in to my Literacy Wall. On the left, there is my writing area. I will show a close up in a minute. The middle has my word wall and the right has Reading Strategies. Underneath the board, are my books for my library. I did my system a little bit differently this year. And my small group table.
Here are the Reading Strategies...I'm missing Tryin' Lion. I can't find him after my move and haven't bought a new one yet. If you'll look at the boxes underneath, they each have a number label and each book is tagged with that number. This way, when kids choose their books for D5, they'll be able to put them up on their own.
My writing board...look familiar? It's from A Cupcake for the Teacher. I plan on using the space underneath to add either student samples or more lists as we go over them.
This is my desk area. I may change a few things with it, but not sure yet. I need to respray my toolbox. The red does not match the blue and green. I've not had a desk for the past 2 years but I couldn't get rid of it. Oh well =)
So, that's the tour. I did the best I could. There still may be some things added here and there. But that's all for now =)
Here are some of the products I used.