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August 3, 2012

My Classroom (with pictures)


2 long days of working in the classroom and it's paid off.  I love my room!  It's not completely done, but my husband brought the camera so I could take some pictures at the end of the 2nd day.  Of course this isn't everything that we tackled... I think the main things left are the paperwork aspects, tweaking a couple bulletin boards, and finishing up my long to do list.  

Enough talk, here are some visuals:
View from the door when I walked in.  I should say that I put up the fabric on the walls before summer break started - so I wasn't having to start with a completely blank slate. 

After 2 days:
1st day -  7 hours - both husband, kids, and sister came to help for a while
2nd day - 4 hours - husband and kids came to help for a while
 Basics of FACE board are ready to go
 Kids' pictures are hung
 Bucket Filler Station is ready to go
 Some games are ready to go - some still need help
 Behavior board has been updated - now including some Whole Brain Teaching cards and Hand Signals
 Student magnets are hung on the board
 Warm Fuzzies are up
 Memory Jar and Box Tops Jar are ready to go
 Student Work Board with the di cut clothespins are up
VOICES board isn't done, but added a cursive alphabet to the bottom - this will become our Word Wall
 My sister updated all the book boxes with student numbers - packing tape holding the laminated cards on.
 She also updated my classroom library with color coded AR level stickers.
 Our new Weekly Goals board - pocket charts and those small 1/2 whiteboards for each student (Target dollar find)- Students will update on Friday what their goal for the next week will be.
 Hubby zip tied the desks together - they aren't going anywhere!
 Then he figured out the velcro on the bottom of the name tags - now it will be easy to just move the name tag when it's time to switch desks.  
 Student texts are in their team crates ready to pass out.  
 My boys had fun opening up a bunch of mini eraser packages (and also running around the classroom, bouncing and kicking all the playground balls).
 Student colored number sticks are ready to go.  
 Clean desk awards are unpacked.
 Team Jars are ready to go - usually I put tally marks on the board, this year I'm going to use pebbles in the jar.  Each competition goes for a month until we switch desks.  Hoping that by using the pebbles this year that everyone will still try (instead of giving up when another team is in the lead.)
 Clipboards ready to go - added red ribbon and my boys added big apple stickers to the back.  Those apple stickers were a great find.  They were on clearance at Office Depot - a 6 pack for 25 cents.  I bought all 10 packs of them and have used them to labels baskets in the classroom.  
 Whole Class Journals
 Target's Star Student chair thing-a-mi-gig  - I'm the first STAR, so it's on my chair.
Here's my board - using bulletin borders to separate out things this year - usually I've used just blue tape.  I love how it all pops.  
 I love this desk arrangement - everyone is super close to me, and it gives room for a big floor area to the side that we can all fit on.

Still more to do, but at this moment in time I'm not feeling stressed.  So thankful for family to help out.
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30 comments:

  1. Looking great! I am a new follower, and I love your blog! You incorporated a lot of my pins that I had planned on doing. Unfortunately, I have ruptured disc and am flat in bed. My school has already been in session for 2 weeks, and I've missed it all so far! I still plan to do them when I return...hopefully! Looks like you'll have a great year! :-)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you feel better soon!

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  2. How do you use the bucket filler station?

    onealch@tulsaschools.org

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    1. It goes with the book "Did you fill a bucket today?" The first day of school I do the read aloud and we come up with ways that can fill a bucket, and what we can say to others (compliments, encouraging words, etc). After that they write someone they don't know a note with a compliment, and hand it in to me (in our mailbox bucket). I look over every note before I stick it in their cubby hole/bin. On Fridays they get to pull them all out of their little bin to read them.

      After it gets going I have them do it once a week in one of those 5 minute time windows between PE and recess. They can also write someone a note during Work on Writing time. Everything gets turned into me, and later on in the year the kids start putting the notes in the buckets (after I preview). I started having them write notes to each other 2 years ago, and my classes have been so kind to each other both years. Something about knowing who your friends are, and how other people that they may not talk to in the class are still paying attention to something they did that was kind. The kids say all kinds of stuff in their notes - I tell them they can't just write something superficial like "Nice dress", and I don't want them to write "You are my friend." They think of other things like "You did a great job on your math test" (since I announce the 100% kids), or "Thank you for sitting by me when I was sad" I think that by reading every one, and them knowing that I read every one, that they know it has to be something meaningful that they say.

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    2. That is too cute! I thought it was for behavior management and since we use responsive classroom any individualizing management is frowned upon, but the school and the kids would love this! We used to have compliment days for our star student and we'd say them out loud during morning meeting, I could have them put compliments in the star student's bucket instead. I am so happy i found this! I am a new follower.

      Meredith
      fromafirstyearteacher.blogspot.com

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    3. I'm glad that it could help! I have seen such positive effects from using it in the classroom - looking forward to it transforming another group of strangers into a "family" for the year.

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  3. Oh yeah, I forgot to say....Your room looks great!

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  5. I think you have done a TREMENDOUS job for 2 days! It looks great! Rest up this weekend. I love the desk arrangement. Good job!
    Layla

    Fancy Free in Fourth

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    1. Thank you! I brought home projects to do, but it was so nice taking today off.

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  6. Your classroom looks great! There are so many areas that are so functional and cute! That is awesome your family helped you.

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    1. I have the best family! I really wanted to make it cute - I'm so tired of it just being functional. What a difference it made going full ceiling to floor with the fabric. Thanks again!

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  7. Your classroom looks FANTASTIC!!! I love your Clean Desk Awards & the idea for the Warm Fuzzies. I'm going to have to try those !! :) I just posted pics of my classroom today, and now I have more projects to add to. Thanks for sharing!

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  8. So Awesome!! Do you have the hand signs on your computer? The one for pencil, bathroom, etc. Would love to get a copy!

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  9. I LOVE it! Your room is precious. I'm loving the colors. Thanks for linking up.

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  10. Great ideas! I'm going to have to make a trip to Target I think!!

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  11. I LOVE the desk arrangement! I find it keeps the kids more accountable! For two days you got a lot finished in your room! I get to start in my classroom tomorrow! SOOOO EXCITED! I'm your newest follower!

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    1. This is my most favorite arrangement ever! Usually I switch it up at the end of each month - the E reverse E being another favorite... these 4th graders don't do groups that well. I love that everyone is either in the front row, or the 2nd row - there are no 3rd or 4th rows anymore!

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  12. I love your room! That's so nice of your family to help you out!! I like how you zip tied your desks together. What a clever idea! I'm your newest follower. :)

    Kelly
    Spectacular 2nd Grade

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    1. Thank you - gotta love ideas on Pinterest!

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  13. Hi there! Your room looks great! Thanks for linking up on my "Classroom Tours" linky party!!!

    Brigid
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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