One thing that I always do for my students is give them a few of the essentials. The goodies are just a little something extra from me. It is amazing a few students actually do say thank you for these things. I don't think they realize that items at the dollar store can really add up. I found the "Keep Calm" picture on Pinterest, and I thought it was perfect. Usually I make some fancy embellishments using my Cricut, but. Was a little short on time this year. After watching the students rip into their bags, I was relieved that I did not spend hours making the bags look fancier.
Decorating my room is usually one of my favorite parts about getting ready for a new school year. Since I spend more time in my classroom during the week, I wanted to make it a comfortable and inviting place not just for the students, but for me as well. Here are some pictures of my room on the first day of school.
This is a view of my classroom from my desk. I was hoping to put up some curtains this year on the windows to brighten up the room, but I found out that they are a fire hazard. The lanterns will have to do.
This summer I was busy repainting my mailboxes. I spray painted them blue on the inside and then all of the shelves and the outside are white. I used binder clips to label each of the students' mailboxes. I haven't done this before, but I like it so much better than just taping the names in.
For my attendance board I use those clear stones and put their names on them. I will post pictures of this process another day.
Since I hate clutter so much, I covered all my shelves and open spaces with fabric. I bout different colors and used them around the room. It makes it look clean even if what is behind it is not that clean.
This is my second year teaching 2 different classes, so I need to have a spot to write homework for each class. The magnets with the class on them are from Vista Print.
Despicable Me might be one of my favorite cartoon movies. I am sad to say that I haven't seen the second one yet, but I know a tons of my students loved it. I found this idea on Pinterest. On the first day of school I will have the students color minions and then write what makes them not despicable. We are going to relate this to religion and vocabulary.
I could read all day if I was given the opportunity. I always like to recommend books, and I think it is great when students recommend books to their classmates. On this part of the board I will leave post its for students to stick to the board with book suggestions.
I guess you can tell I love books. I have had to get rid of many old ones to make way for some new ones. I also have a ton of other hiding places for books.
Even though we have a great science lab in our building for the classes to use, I love to have a ton of resources in the room for students. Sometimes we are not able to get into the lab, so this is where I keep the science things that we need.
Exit tickets are all the rage right now. I started this last year, and love having it up. At the end of the day, or the end of a lesson, I have students answer a question, ask a question, or reflect on something that they learned. They then stick it to the door so they can see what other people have written.
On the first day of school I take mugshots of the students holding up the day of their birth and put them up here. I will post the finished product later.
This is my cozy corner. Some people at a time will seat here for silent reading or we will do whole class instruction here for guided reading or a religion lesson.
After switching from self contained to rotation, I put a piece of dry erase paper on the wall outside my room. Every morning I write what time we are rotating and the materials they need to bring to class. This is so they do not have to interrupt a lesson with a class to find out what to bring.
People generally ask my if I live in my classroom. I think it is because I spend so much time there. I want my room to feel comfortable. After all, it is where I am for most of my day.