Hello all! I'm here to show you my very first classroom, for the year of 2013-2014. Check back for updates in August, because things have already changed! You know how that is ;)
First up, here is my classroom library! I have a serious book-buying problem. But I don't care. I'm just going to buy more shelves. Ha. These are the labels I use for my book bins, and you can see my chevron numbers in the background where my kids hang up their backpacks.
This is my hallway bulletin board. I love the versatility of the clothespins. If I'm being honest, I just love clothespins. I used them everywhere. All the time. I should buy stock in them. Or something.
My desk! It is usually
A LOT a teensy bit messier than this. This is during the summer. Imagine lots of papers. Like, billions. And notes/coloring pages/random creations from my kids all over the walls. Oh and a slightly frazzled looking teacher never sitting there. Got it? Good.
My teacher toolbox. Best friend. In love. Shown not in my classroom, but in my kitchen. But that's not where I use it. This is just the picture I had. Okay.
Did I say I love this thing? Not only do I have a space for everything (as long as I put it in there), but I can send kids to get things like band aids and pens and they know where they are. I love delegating. Make yourself one. Worth it.
This is the view from my desk. This what I usually see in the mornings as I am attempting to eat breakfast (working) and afternoons as I am attempting to find my desk. Ignore the people in this shot. Pretend they are not me and my mom and sisters but fourth graders. Times six.
Side note: I love my tissue paper pom-poms. I wish I could tell you how many times kids have I asked me if they could take one home. But no. I love them too much. And by them I mean the pom-poms. They make dreary days colorful. And boring white ceilings colorful. And if you hang them too low like I did the one by my desk, they make your classroom an obstacle course. So there's that.
Also, if you look closely in this picture, you can see my beautifully painted walls! Kidding. I used
A LOT a smidge of butcher paper (orange for the library, blue for the back wall) to cover my walls. You'd be amazed the difference this makes. I was also really careful with it this year, and I think I am going to get a second year out of both "walls". LOVE. I used the same paper to cover my door in the first picture. I just tell visitors to look for the orange door!
So that is a glimpse of my classroom. But like I said, things are always changing. It never looks that neat. Or that empty. So check back for more :)
What is your classroom like? Tell me something you love about your room!