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There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home
It is true.....There IS no place like home. And my home away from home is my classsroom. Boy...I'm telling you...once school starts I spend more time there than I do at home (well...waking hours, that is!).

I stopped by my classroom & snapped a few pics...of course, it's not ready at all. At the end of the year, I took almost everything down off the walls...the floors have been waxed...& the furniture moved back in...but that's it. So I'm sharing it bare bones. That's right...a clean slate. (Well...almost!). took pictures from each corner of the room.
So sorry about the pic quality! I only had my phone with me. (bleh).

View from the door
View from my desk area
View from the computer station
View from the back corner

I was so glad I stopped by because a group of people stopped by to measure for....guess what! NEW Smartboard. Why measure, you ask? Because it's going to be mounted on the wall!! I am super excited because that means I won't have to maneuver around the stand, arrange furniture around the stand, worry about kids bumping it..... YAY! 

The only sad news is that I'm going to have to rethink a few things:
  1. It's going where my word wall has always new home for the word wall. Actually, I'm thinking of using personal, portable word walls...anyone have experience with this? Thoughts?
  2. It's also the home of my "macaroni" table (commonly referred to as horseshoe or kidney table) new home for that too!

Have you ever used Lakeshore Learning's free e-tool Classroom Designer? You can input the exact dimensions of your room, furniture, etc...& then virtually move it all around. Of course, I've already started working on my new arrangement....just not happy with it yet. 

Here's the old room arrangement..

(The big square is actually a hexagon table. Lakeshore doesn't have a hexagon table in the drop down menu to choose).

Our meeting area is the open area down at the bottom. We're not allowed to have rugs in my building. :(

 Here's the NEW room... 
The whiteboard will be up at the top. Hmm...I am just not quite happy with it yet. Still need to play around a little bit more.

Would you like to virtually move furniture around your classroom? Just visit Lakeshore Learning, click on Free Resources then choose Classroom Designer. Meanwhile, I'll keep moving my furniture around! Be on the lookout for the big reveal!!

Also, stop by Learning with Mrs. Parker, who is hosting TBA's There's No Place Like Home linky party,  to check out all the other "homes away from home"! I'm on my way there now.....inspiration everywhere!!


  1. That is a great idea! I was thinking about moving some things around this year, I will have to check it out! I know what you mean about the smartboard. When I got mine I wanted it close to my whole group area but that meant rearranging things. It is so nice to have it mounted though so it is worth it:)
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  2. Your room is so large. It is amazing to see the size differences that teachers have across the country. But the teachers, we are make it work regardless if it is a small or large room. I am sure you are thinking about all the great things you'll be able to do with a SmartBoard. One day, I hope I'll get one too. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. Congratulations on getting your own SmartBoard! I'd love to get one for sure!! Your room has such an awesome open feel to it. Thanks for the tip about Lakeshore's classroom designer, I'm going to have to give that a try!
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  4. Thanks for sharing the classroom designer! :)

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  5. I want to get my smart board mounted BADLY!!! Is it something I could just do or is it complicated? Also I have a very strict fire marshall so I can't put anything on the walls outside of bulletin boards so I really utilize the science backboards (project board) for all of my extras. Maybe you could use these somehow...also how is the space below your main white board?...that is where I put mine and I love it there!


    1. Hmm..I had planned to put my calendar on the space below the smartboard....I'm not sure if there's enough space there for the word wall. I'll check that out.
      I'm not sure how you go about mounting the smartboard...sorry I'm no help there.
      Our fire marshal is very strict also: only 25% of the walls can have paper on them...nothing hanging from the furniture, pillows, etc. can be brought rugs. bleh.
      Thanks for the suggestions!!

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  8. Hi Brenda! Wow, what a wonderful blog you have. I could spend hours just reading through and taking notes:) I love this particular blog because I am in the process of moving to a new school and new grade level and have been obsessing over classroom set-up. I just started my own blog about two weeks ago and am so excited to be joining the blogging world!:) I would love to have you as a follower, I bet you would have all kinds of great suggestions/comments. I am also hosting my first giveaway so come on by!

    ~Rachel Z

  9. Thank you so much for posting this. I am moving from a really big room, teaching 1st grade, to a really small room teaching Pre-K. I love how I can interact with the design. It will be so helpful when it's time to start moving everything. Thanks again for sharing.