I’ve shared some of my classroom stuff with you already, but today I’ll give you the whole tour. It’s actually the *perfect* day for this because today was our last day of meetings and our kids report tomorrow. My classroom is neat and tidy and MOSTLY finished, but who knows what it’ll look like tomorrow at 3pm!
Here’s my new door sign:
Notice the 6B at the top? That means I’ll be a SIXTH GRADE HOMEROOM THIS YEAR! Woo hoo! I’m so excited about that. I’m switching from 8th to 6th homeroom. I love 6th graders most of all! Of course, I’ll still teach them all – but I can call these 28 6th graders my babies.
Notice my curtains behind the sign – I sewed those myself!!! YUP! With a sewing machine and everything. I made the front and back patterns different, too. Of course, this was before Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper taught me that I could do all of that with a hot glue gun!
I also sewed the curtains that hang at the tops of my windows! The fabric coordinates perfectly with the first two from the door. I absolutely love how bright and happy they are!
Do you love my windows? I don’t. I’m really not an outdoors-kinda-gal. I’d rather cover them up with miniblinds because let me tell you, teaching on the third floor of a very old building in south Louisiana, I’m HOT year-round!! So much heat comes in from those windows. Oh well. They sure do look nice.
Standing in the front of my room looking back:
Notice the supplies on the desks? My school does pre-packaged supplies, so the students come the first day and get their stuff then. That’s also why I’ve got 150 notebooks and folders stacked in the front of my room.
Bulletin boards in the back… oh boy! So the coordinating wrapping paper from Target that I used really didn’t look as great as I thought it would. You can’t even tell from several feet away that they have the EXACT same color scheme. Also, it’s so busy I kind of get a headache from it! But it took me HOURS up on a ladder at an awkward angle, so it stays for now.
Books, books, and more books! I’ve got nearly a thousand books in my classroom library, organized by genre and cataloged so that I can scan books to check them out and in.
Right now, the shelves are overflowing, but once my students start checking them out, they’ll never be full again until next summer! I’ve also got a huge shelf full of duplicates that I’ll take out as needed – they simply wouldn’t fit on my shelves!
Historical fiction and realistic fiction in the back:
Science fiction by my desk:
Bottom right – should have taken a better picture of that one! Anyway, you can also see my work area behind my desk.
And finally my fantasy shelf near the front of my room:
My side board that I use to write in homework:
I put up a fresh set of student apps around my side board for just until I can get some student-created cupcake books out of my students!
My technology cart – my husband built this for me when I was 21 and got my first job teaching. My principal wouldn’t provide me with a cart to put my clunky overhead projector on. My, things have changed! But this is still my favorite piece of furniture. He custom-built it for me. It’s even got a power switch on the side, rolling wheels, and lots of
shoving space storage space on the inside!
And a few more you might have already seen – the back of my teacher’s tool box that I *LOVE*!
And my cupcake books that I love so much! (oh, and the beloved SMARTBoard!)
And while I’m showing you my room, it’s the PERFECT time to show off the goodies that I received from Michelle (Miss, Hey, Miss!) for the blogger’s exchange!
I love all my little goodies that Michelle sent me. She was so thoughtful and creative in keeping with my cupcake theme! I’ll show you my FAVORITE first:
I can’t wait for my students and coworkers to see this. Anyone who knows me knows that THIS IS SOOOO ME!!
She also sent a bookmark that I’m going to hang somewhere (too cute to hide in a book!) as well as these really, REALLY neat cards. Michelle, PLEASE tell me where I can buy more of these cards! And thanks so much for taking the time to assemble them. PRECIOUS!! I also got a scrapbook that I plan to fill with a few updated photos of my family and me to show off to my students. I have a book for them to see my graduation pictures, wedding pictures, etc., but the last time I updated it, my 7th grader was a preschooler. Pretty pathetic, huh?
Thanks SO MUCH for spoiling me, Michelle!
Tomorrow is my first day with students. I’m going to share my first day lessons here and upload them into Google Docs, but it may not be until later this week before I can get to that post. I’ve got to attend a PTO meeting tomorrow night at 6. How terrible is that, on the first day of school?! Ugh!