Up until a week ago or so my classroom looked pretty much the same as it did last year, which was fine. I loved my room last year. However, now that I’ve spent some time in there this weekend and added a few new things, I feel ready to go for the year.
The only thing that’s missing is my play table. I haven’t quite figured out the perfect spot for it (or what I’ll use for the table). I’m hoping once the year starts, and I see kids in the space, I’ll have a better idea of where would be a good place for it.
Here’s some of the changes in my room since last year. (The link to download the files for the stuff used in my room last year is in this post.
Within the first few minutes of class, there are often students asking for a pencil, students needing a calculator, and students needing to get what they missed from being absent. I decided to put all of these things in one space. Last year, the folders for missing work were in the back of the room, sort of behind my desk, and I hope that this will be a better spot for them. I’m also trying something new with pencils this year. We’ll see how it goes. Pencils became a daily frustration of mine. I don’t mind giving a student a pencil who needs one, but I didn’t like the system I had last year.
The True Delight poster is from Meg. Here is the link to her post with it. I love the quote. I love that seeing the poster reminds me of Meg, and I love that the quote is from Isaac Asimov. Growing up, every morning while eating breakfast my dad and I would do the Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz that was in the paper daily. I usually wasn’t very good at them, but I looked forward to doing it with my dad everyday.
To make the magnet board to hold the pencils, I got a 12×12 magnetic sheet like this one at a craft store. I already had the frame at school that I had used for something else in my old classroom, and it was perfect for this. I added a piece of scrapbook paper, and attached it to the wall with command velcro strips.
This is the quote I put up above the calculators. I saw it recently on Twitter and decided I wanted it up in my room. You can download it here.
This summer I made an electronic version of a poster I had up in my room last year. I decided I should make it using Publisher before our school switched over to Macs. You can download it here. It’s designed to be printed as a 22×28.
If your school has laptops and you don’t have a laptop stand, you need one. I’m serious! I got this stand for my laptop at some point last year mainly because my cousins are chiropractors and didn’t give me much choice. BUT I absolutely love it and can’t imagine going without it.
I didn’t think my classroom could become any more “Sarafied” than it already was, but then Sara posted this. I was wrong. It could, and it did.
The bins below are one of the things I took from Sara’s post. Sara puts all of the handouts, worksheets, etc. into a bin, and if a student needs another copy of something, they dig through the bin. No more filing extra papers. No more digging through said files when a student comes in asking for another copy of a worksheet from a month ago. I’m already looking forward to this!
I have been in Sara’s classroom a couple times and have always loved the group number signs she has hanging from her ceiling. Megan recreated them. You can download them here. I ended up deciding to add groups 7-10. Here is the link to the ones I made. It’s a pdf since I used a bit different font for the front side. If you want and editable version, go to Sara’s blog and check out what Megan made. They’re great!!
I attached it to the ceiling using a magnet like Sara suggested in her post. I used a hot glue gun to attach the yarn to the magnet. I think I ended up having the signs hang down a little bit over a foot.
Another thing I took from Sara’s post was to make these binder clips. When I printed off what Sara shared on her blog, I discovered that her binder clips were bigger than mine. I made a smaller version of what she shared. You can find it here.
Then there’s this. Casey started this in her classroom years ago. Hers is amazing! She sent me the pdf of the poster, and I decided to make one of my own. I love it!