Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week: A Peek at my Classroom

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' again today for "Classroom Digs" day!

I almost didn't write this post.  My classroom is FAR from ready to go.  Today was actually the first day I've spent any amount of time in there.  I plan on being in all day tomorrow, too.  I actually walked in to find my furniture pretty much all over the place.  I spent most of today rearranging and untangling cords.  My computer cords were A MESS!! 

Seriously??  How does this happen?!
Anyway, I decided to snap some pictures before I left today because I knew you wouldn't judge.  We're friends, right??  My room is not near as "cute" as I'd like it, but I make do with what I have.  Our building is quite old so I get very jealous when I see many of your classroom pictures!  Also, I don't have the "stuff" that I'd like yet.  It's definitely a work in progress.  I was a reading intervention teacher for 8 years before going back to a classroom last year, so I'm slowly accumulating the types of storage and décor that I like.
Here we go--
This is where the kids check in each morning.  I use this "What's for Lunch" set from Primary Possibilities for kids to let me know which kind of lunch they are having. 
Here's my classroom library.  Or part of it, at least.  It continues on the other side of these shelves.  Books are organized by topic.  I use labels from Reagan Tunstall to organize my books.  It works fabulously.  Even kindergarteners always get the books back in the right bin!  And this set is sentimental to me because it was my very first TpT purchase!
This is a look at my desk, my guided reading table and my Smartboard area.  This is were most of the "good stuff" goes on!  Ugh--I need to get those bulletin boards done!
Here's my word wall.  Yes, I can't find the D card.  Boo.  I put all  my word wall cards on magnets so the kids can take them back to their seats to use them for writing and then return them.  I'm thinking of dividing off the sections with washi tape, but I'm afraid the adhesive will make the board "gooey" when I take it off.  Thoughts??  You can find this word wall set HERE
This is a terrible picture because the afternoon sun POURS into my classroom, but I love this easel.  I use it for everything.  We use Wilson Fundations as our phonics program so most of the time, this has the small letter cards on it for building words and drilling sounds.  I love the storage underneath for clipboards, dry erase boards, etc.  I keep chart paper on the other side of it and then flip the hooks around when we need chart paper. 
And here's my behavior clip chart. . . .Laying on the floor of my kitchen rather than hanging in my classroom . . . .Because I can't find my glue gun in my classroom yet. Boo. It needs a ribbon attached to the top to hang it and then it will be good to go.  I'm a firm believer in the clip chart.  I had a few kids last year that would have been quite difficult, but their buy in into the clip chart made them much less difficult.  They wanted to be a rock star!  You can find this chart HERE.
So that's a quick tour.  It's definitely a work in progress, but you get the idea.  Maybe I'll do this post again in a week when it's all ready to go! 
Be sure to head over to Blog Hoppin' to see more classroom tours!


  1. Glad to read I am not the only one who is feeling waaay behind...but seriously, if you are worried about your room...come take a peek at mine. You'll feel much better about how ready you are. LOL. Loved the peek into your room! Good luck finishing up!

    Kindergarten A to Z

  2. Have a great year! We start the day after Labor day. I anticipate w/ excitement and dread setting up my room...it is so much work!! But worth it when it is done!! Love your lunch idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Computer cords are the WORST. I spent over an hour untangling and zip tying the cords for my 5 computers! I heard that painters tape does not leave a residue on white boards. They at least have fun colors of painting tape....well, I guess only blue and green but at least the green is bright! ;) Lookin' good!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes