Rather than explain everything about my room, I will just give a "picture walk." :-)
|White board. It looks bare here, but it usually ends up covered in anchor charts and signs.|
|View from the doorway|
|Easel and the EVIL, AWFUL, TERRIBLE, About-to-fall-apart mailbox|
|Math Word Wall. Pick up the cards FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers!!|
|Calendar Time Board|
|The genre area of my library. It has grown exponentially since last year.|
|Book Return and leveled library. Baskets are labeled with DRA and GRL's e.g. A-1|
|Classroom library signs. Pick up FREE Five Finger Rule Posters|
"I Pick" Sign from Our Cool School
|Re-organized supply cabinet|
|Awesome closet shelving full of math manipulatives and supplies.|
Needless to say, it was refreshing to be able to go in for only a couple hours a day this year in the weeks before school, rather than spending every waking moment possible frantically putting up bulletin boards and stocking cabinets. Plus, I was super excited that my room got tile over the summer!! The glorious, clean, beautiful, smooth tile replaced the NASTY, dirty, rolled, mildewy carpet that I had last year. It was a wonderful improvement.
The main thing I don't like about my classroom is that I have limited wall space, and the space that I do have is ALL cinder block. That means when the humidity changes even a little bit, everything falls off!
With liberal amounts of poster tack, most things stay okay. However, I discovered through my mentor last year that Velcro is the way to go for permanent things.
Teacher Tip: Do not be frugal when it comes to buying a mailbox. I opted for the cheap paperboard, instead of the expensive wood, and I totally regret it. About 5 minutes after being assembled, the shelves start coming apart when it was moved. Then, when I set it up in the classroom, the back "board" came off. Right now, it is barely holding together. It actually sways when the students use it. I am hoping to get a new one soon. This time, I will just cough up the money to get a wood one.
Well, I think that tour was thorough enough. Time to go fold laundry. :-)
Also, in case you missed the Freebie, here it is again. Five Finger Rule Posters