Hi ya’ll. Remember me? Whew, I forgot just how crazy the beginning of the school year is. My year is off to a fabulous start and I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things. I hope you are all off to a great start in your classrooms as well. I LOVE seeing other teachers showcase their classrooms online and thought I would do the same.
This school year I moved into a new classroom; I spent all summer searching Pinterest, saving images on Instagram, and dreaming up what I wanted my new space to look like. So, without further ado: Hello, MTV & welcome to my crib ….
A classroom overview:
This is the view as soon as you walk in the door. A bookshelf now sits under this bulletin board & the cabinet under the TV houses student supplies. The far corner is our small group area & my students’ favorite area in our classroom. I covered both of the small tables with dry erase contact paper & students race to use the tables first each day when we start classwork assignments. I rarely use the whiteboard because I have a SmartBoard on the opposite wall – but students have also turned this into a giant group work space & it is fabulous to see my students collaborate and work on it.
Again, this is the view as soon as you walk in the door – it was quite the task figuring out how to arrange 30 student desks in the most effective way. My classroom is mostly collaborative group work, so I miss the lab tables I had in my science classroom from last year. Desks with connected chairs make moving around a bit tricky but we are managing just well.
The cards on the far wall are for small groups & were inspired by Will Teach for Taco’s Station Board Display. Each class has its own color & student names are attached to the group cards with Velcro so I can easily rearrange their groups as needed. Next, do you even have a teacher Instagram if you don’t have a “keep the quote” display with a paper roll from the Target dollar spot? Also, I know you are all jealous of the stunning view of a brick wall outside my classroom window.
I cannot wait to fill in this word wall with all of Scaffolded Math and Science’s amazing word wall products available on TPT. We’ve already started posting some things & my students LOVE it.
I’m obsessed with this wall in my classroom that will showcase student work! My amazing mother helped me put the bulletin board together – I can’t tell you how many people have walked up to feel if the paper was actual wood! On this counter I house my student dry erase clip-boards (best buy of the summer) & each block keeps their “Weekly Math” (week long spiral review warm-up activity that must stay in the classroom) in the cork magazine holders. The cabinets hide the text books we never use.
I found the pencils on my door for FREE here. I use the black, hanging organizers to hold extra worksheets for students who are absent (or students that always lose things) & I’ve added some cute clips (the pencil and ruler from the Target dollar spot) to the top of the bulletin board to hold work without a name on it. I inherited the table in the third picture from another teacher & covered it with dry erase contact paper. We work at the table when I pull small groups & students fight to use it for their classwork – we all love it.
My favorite spot:
This bulletin board is one of my favorite spots – it showcases two of my first Cricut projects! Respect yourself, others, & our classroom is the only rule in my classroom. Pretty much everything can be classified into those 3 categories. During the first few days of school we spend a lot of time as a class brainstorming and discussing what it means to respect yourself, others, and the classroom; what that needs to look like in our classroom; and what needs to happen if the necessary level of respect isn’t being maintained. I found the adorable Classroom Door Flags from Burke Work on TPT – she is seriously my favorite y’all. And finally, next to the days of the week letters on the whiteboard I write the homework assignment for each day.
One last view from the other side:
My classroom will never be finished; I’m constantly changing and tweaking it. As much time as I spend at school & as much time as my students spend in my classroom – I want it to be a comfortable, efficient, and inviting environment.
I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my room. If you have any questions let me know in the comments. And if you have a tour of your own classroom posted drop the link in a comment so I can check it out!