Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week 13. My home away from home.

Linking up again with Blog Hoppin for day 2 of Teacher week. Let me first say that I have looked at sooo many other teachers rooms and they are super duper cute! Sadly we are not allowed to hang things from the ceiling, no cute furniture that can collect dust or share "friends", nothing within 3 ft of the door way or 18 inches of the ceiling, no lamps or rugs, we can't decorate our door anymore either. That is why you might see some of my bulletin boards with just border, because we can not cover more than I think 80% of the walls with paper or fabric. :( so bare in mind I am working with constraints here :) also it is not done at all, I plan on posting again more pictures and organization tips when everything gets rolling.

Now please come see where I live 187 days of the year :)

Right when you walk into my room I have my filing cabinets, mailboxes, helper tags, bathroom passes etc. The posters are all my uplifting quotes I have found on Pinterest, etc... and I used to have them on my door but had to move them.

I use the bucket filling as a main part of my classroom management. I have had this for going on 4 years now so well before pinterest and just got lucky finding the cute cups at Target!
My word wall is on the cabinets and I went ahead and put the kinder sight words up.
This is where we will meet with the easel and smart board. We can't have cute rugs so I am going to have to use tape to place on the floor for boundary lines :). This is also my reading wall and where I will put important anchor charts to refer to daily.
My library area for the kiddos- I have the books on the left organized by reading level and the books on the right are my nonfiction, free choice reads

This is my calendar wall as well as where I keep track of team points and secret student.

This is all of my stuff- reading station templates, home readers, my books for certain curriculum concepts
Here is a closer look at the tubs and how I organized them: I have each subject area and then within that tub have categorized type of books so when I get ready to teach that concept there are some read a-louds already chosen.

My math area- please excuse the two colored fabric...I had to go buy more and the section from last year already faded :) This is where all my math anchor charts we create will go up. The red book shelf is my math stations as well as where I store manipulatives throughout the year for easy access.
The long table to the right is my writing station.

Writing wall and fabric of USA.

This is on my counter top where all my stuff is stored. I put things in there that I use daily with the kids (neat treats, clean desk awards, nurse passes, coupons, notes home, etc)

I hope you enjoyed the lil tour. Hopefully it sparked some ideas for you. Please don't hesitate to ask questions or request closer pictures :) I will post throughout the year too for ideas and tips!

"Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

Friday, August 2, 2013

ARRRGGGG! Ahoy Matey's and Currently

Linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for the August (yes people you read that right) currently.
Listening: Oh how I love silence....not all the time but it sure is nice to sit and listen to nothing.....
Loving: Best Bosses EVER! See below for why...
Thinking: Didn't we just get out of school? I just packed my room up and left and now are gearing up to go back! Time flies too quickly as an adult, make it stop please!
Wanting: I am trying to stop time for a bit but also trying to speed it up so I can go set up my room. This time last year I was all done and ready to go! I have to allot time to rearrange a billion times until I am happy and have some feng shui happening...
Needing: I am so embarrassed to even look at my own nails...I had them done awhile back and now they are growing out and one had an air bubble under it a day after I went and I have coped with it since....plus I am not loving the color choices I made...
B2S: Well since inside my room is owl theme I am always ready to pick up anything cute for that!
I heart sticky notes!! All the time!
Energy! Since I do not drink coffee I don't really have caffeine in the morning or really ever...so I opt for Advocare's Spark! Love this stuff! Pour it in some H2O and you are good to go! I really get a lot done after a little sippy sippy.

We had our team leader meeting yesterday and I have to say I have the BEST admin. team EVER! I mean I am sure you think you do, but you don't :P haha...Our theme this year is "Discover the treasure of learning" and we are doing a book study of "How to teach like a Pirate" by Dave Burgess. We went to lunch and had out meeting and then went sailing on the high seas! I actually got some sunlight on this person!! Here are some pictures from our pirate adventure.

Can't wait to dive in and see what it has in store! Now on to my last lazy day of summer...next week I have something booked everyday!