Tour My Classroom!

Whew! This week has been a veritable whirlwind! Went camping Monday through Wednesday with the family, teacher work day & Meet the Teacher Night Thursday, spent Friday polishing things up.....and my kiddos come in on Monday!! So-- my classroom is kid-ready! Whew!


I'm linking up with A Class*y Collaboration's A Class*y Cruise Linky, and I'd like to take you on a little tour of my classroom....

So here we go!
Here's the view as you come in the door. I SWEAR my room is not this big! But I sure do wish it was as big as the camera makes it look!

New this year--- my teamie and I opened up a section of the wall between our rooms. We are teaching 1, 2, 3 Multi-age.  Think 54 kids....2 teachers. There will be lots of movement between the two spaces, and we'll be working together every day, too! Can't wait to share more about this adventure this year! 
So....you can see the section over there on the right. We anchored it with filing cabinets on both sides, and a small bookshelf in front of it. Over on the right side of the opening, we put bookshelves back to back in each of our rooms. I love what we did with those plastic tubs that are stacked on top of the bookshelves! They really look so great....and all we did was line them with scrapbook paper that coordinated with our color scheme. LoVe them!


We are using the wall that's anchoring that section to post common info.  We have birthdays for all 54 of our kiddos (a freebie from That's So Second Grade)....Our PBIS rules *Be Safe *Be Responsible *Be Respectful, and our objectives board (you can grab Stephany Dillon's freebie HERE). Our schedule will also be here....but we'll have to wait until we hear about the intervention schedule, etc. 


Moving along.....here is my small group meeting area. The kiddos book baskets are on the right. Behind my macaroni table (yes--- that's what we call it!), materials and manipulatives for reading are on the right, and the math materials are on the right. Easy and accessible for kiddos to get whenever they need!
My new number posters! These are on the cabinets over the coatrack. There's also a tiny shelf between the coatrack and the cabinets. You can see my new book tubs (love the color!) here. I keep common and often used supplies here....wipes, extra glue sticks, pencils, hand sanitizer, etc. The number posters are available in my store...just click the pic to head over there!

Our Writing Center! The space above will be filled with posters and anchor charts...but we'll add these as we go.

Here's our Math Calendar Wall this year. You can check it out HERE.

And our classroom library! I wish the bookshelves were wood grain...they're a remnant of my turquoise and black theme. Oh, well....I'll replace them with wood grain as they need to be. I'm loving the look of those painted bulletin boards, too! This year, I put my alphabet line, which is part of Phonics Dance, down low so that it's more accessible for kiddos.

AND-- the piece de resistance.....
I got rid of my teacher desk!! That's right...this isn't a desk. It's my flat file.....which used to take up so much space in my room. I never could find a place to put it with which I was happy. Yet, I couldn't get rid of it, because it is packed FULL of stuff I gotta have! So--- got rid of my desk....moved that flat file over to house the stuff that needed a home (namely that big ole laptop docking station that I have to have!).  I'm telling you...just losing that teacher desk makes such a huge difference in how big the room feels!

Here's another view... you can definitely tell that it's my flat file and not a desk here.


NOW-- let's see YOUR classroom! 
Link up over at A Class*y Collaboration...

43 comments:

  1. Your room looks great! I like the containers under the student chairs. It looks like a great storage space for each student.

    justworkhardandplayhard.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep-- since we have tables instead of desks, kiddos store their stuff in the tubs. Is it bad that I'm considering spray painting them? lol

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  2. Your room looks great. 54 students! Wow...that is alot of movement. Looking forward to seeing your posts on that concept.
    Have a great year!


    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! We are so excited about the new format!

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  3. Your room looks great! I am still working on finishing mine, but do have a few pictures of what I've done so far.

    Mrs.B'sBrightBlessings
    Have a great year!
    Melissa

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  4. I got rid of my big teacher desk this year too. I had to keep a tiny one to store my computer on. But I wanted the space for a kidney shape table to meet with small groups. Your room looks great! Have a great school year!
    Jean
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

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    1. I'd love to see it, Jean! Make sure you link up!

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  5. Looks great! Good luck with the school year and co-teaching so many kids!

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  6. Your room looks great! I look forward to reading more about how your multi-age class operates.

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  7. I love how you opened up the space between your rooms! I am teaching 1-3 (special ed) next year so I'm so happy I found your blog! Not many people know what it's like to teach 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the same time :)

    Becky
    Lesson Plans & Lattes

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    1. So great to find someone else who's doing 1, 2, 3!! Yes--- I love the open wall section....it really makes the room look bigger....plus it's great for when we're both working in our rooms! hahaha!

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  8. I use a rolling cart that has bins in it as a desk. It is more of just a tall counter where I keep my calendars, lesson plans etc. I don't have time to sit down at a desk! If I did I would have to have a couple of extra seats for my shadows!

    Your room looks great! I love that you are collaborating and moved the wall!

    Stephany

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    1. Thanks, Stephany! I agree...sitting? Aint' nobody got time for that! bwahaha!

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  9. I think that it is so cool that you have opened up the space between rooms. I would love to find out how well that works out. I bet it will be so fun and really great for the kiddos!

    Tina
    Flamingos and Butterflies

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    1. Thanks, Tina! My teamie & I are really looking forward to it! I'll definitely be posting about it all year! Stay tuned.....

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  10. Brenda, your classroom looks awesome! I especially love your classroom library area. Your room looks huge too!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade SnippetsGreat job getting all set up. Your students must love it!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I know! It does look huge....that's the magic of the camera for you! (See-- that's why I don't like having my picture taken! bwahaha!). Seriously..it really is NOT as big as it looks!

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  11. Your room looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing. You definitely have your work cut out for you!

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  12. Wow! Everything looks just great! Love the new number posters. Did you make them or purchase them? I'd love to get a set.

    Have a great year!

    Carol T.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! The number posters are actually a freebie at my store. You can find them here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Number-Posters-Turquoise-Lime-Pink-793600

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  13. I got rid of my teacher desk a few years ago and I haven't missed it once.


    Meagan
    Oodles of Teaching Fun

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    1. That's good news! Hoping I don't, either!

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  14. Brenda,
    Your room looks great and I am very excited to hear all about how your multiage year goes.
    Beth
    Thinking of Teaching

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  15. Love multi-age classrooms! Have a great year. Your room looks fabulous!

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  16. Love your classroom!!! I really like your writing center table with the bench. I am trying to revamp my writing center and I think I might use the same idea of adding posters as we go.

    Kelly
    Mrs. Nelson is Missing

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  17. Are the tubs under the chairs secured with duct tape or anything? Great idea! Tried to get the posters, but they were not free. Obviously $1.50 isn't a big deal. Just thought I'd mention it.

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    1. Nope...there are cross bars on the chairs, & the tubs sit on the crossbars. The kids slide them in and out.
      Sorry about the posters...they were a limited time freebie.

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  18. What a lovely room! You're so organized. :) I just posted my classroom tour on the linky too. So fun to share!!

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  19. Thank you for sharing! Can you tell me what you have on the bottoms of your chairs? We need to cover ours this year and I was looking for new ideas. Thanks!

    nolechick03@cfl.rr.com

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    1. Believe it or not, they're actually dishpans! My kiddos keep their books, binders, & pencil boxes in them.

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  20. Cute Classroom! I like the books under the calendar.

    Sue
    The Very Busy Classroom

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  21. What are the black things on the feet of your chairs? I need to cover mine this year and I never like the look of tennis balls...

    Thanks!

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    1. They are called Chair slippers...actually just small tennis balls. Here's a link to check them out....http://www.chairslippers.com/

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