So we have been in school 12 days now. We have had some good days, and, some bad days. I have a good class, and they have improved in just this short period of time, but listening is just not their strength! They can tell me about all about what they need to do to be a good listener, but most fall short of doing what they say. We'll get there, hopefully!
I finally have gotten around to taking pictures of my classroom to share with you. It's been on one of my many to-do lists for awhile. I had so many pieces of paper sitting around my computer. Crazy. I finally just took all of them and consolidated them into one BIG to-do list. Although that has made it easier to keep adding to it. Not exactly what I need at this point!
Onto my room......
Please excuse my blank bulletin boards. I did add some things to them yesterday, after I had already taken the pictures. I like to explain what I post on the boards to my class first. If I don't, then the board doesn't mean anything to them at all. This little corner is going to my writing area. I'm going to introduce it to my class this week. I hope it becomes an area that my students like to visit and use.
This is a shot of my class from the door. I have 3 groups of 6 students. I started the first day with 2 groups of 9. Did. Not. Work. I changed them immediately after the second day. My kids like to talk and while I loved the space that I had with only 2 groups, I knew my sanity was way more important than the extra space!
This is my focus board. I'm trying very hard to make this board meaningful to my kids. But at this point, they really aren't paying to much attention to it. I'm hoping to use this shelf for my work on words activities. We aren't there yet, so they are empty at the moment. We are a PBIS school. So on the wall that you see I have our school rules posted along with our "Pelican Pockets" where my students keep their pelican bucks.
Love my door this year. I found this little bit of inspiration on Pinterest. You can click here to find it. My oldest daughter actually made Pete for me. I think she did a really great job!
This little shelf houses my "morning menu" activities, activities that my kids can choose from after they finish their morning work. The baskets on top are for finished work and writing paper.
This is the back of my room. I'm loving the new fabric on my seat crates. I cleaned the top of the table off just for the picture. So far it has been a catch-all for just about everything!
This is the front of my room where we meet all together. I'm loving my new rugs from Wal-Mart. They are just the right size and add the perfect pop of color to the room.
This corner houses my classroom library. I have all intentions of adding pictures of my kids to the circles on the wall. Haven't quite made that a priority though. It's one of those things that is at the bottom of my to-do list. I've been thinking about just adding pictures of different book characters to them instead. After all, it is our library.
This is my listening center. I bought the stools from Ikea last year and they are still holding up very well.
This is my computer area and my desk. Ignore the mess underneath. It's where I have taken to throwing things when I don't want to take the time to deal with it!
This is my group area. Can't wait till I can start pulling groups and REALLY get into a structured schedule. On top of the table I have squares of dry erase contact paper. I can't wait to try this out! I hope it works.
Cubbies for my kids and where they hang their bookbags. I plan to hang our Daily 5 anchor charts up above them after I finish introducing all of the components.
My math manipulative shelf. On top you will find books that go along with our theme for the week. I love it when my kids notice these books and make connections with them. I love it even more when they go to the library and check out books like the ones I have displayed for them.
Above my Smartboard you will find my "5 Things to Think About" posters. These are the rules and expectations we go over every day. On my board you will find our high frequency words, magic words, and power words for the week. In the corner you will find my little reading center. I keep a basket of different kinds of books and magazines there for my students to read. I also keep our class books there too.
Our Wonderful Work board where I display our work.
In the back you will find my bookshelf where I keep all of my books.
Another picture of my group meeting area. I'm loving that I have space for my materials that I will use for groups. I bought 3 little baskets from the Dollar Tree and labeled them with signs that I made. I plan to keep the materials that I will need for each group in them. I hope this will keep me more organized this year with my groups.
And finally, my Wall of Wow.
Loving the clothes pins this year. Makes it so much easier to change out the papers!
If you want to see some other classroom reveals, head on over to Just a Primary Girl's blog to visit her Setting Up Success linky party. In fact, go link up yourself and share your own classroom reveal pictures.