Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classroom Reveal 2014





Classroom Reveal 2014

This year I have finally graduated from Kindergarten and moved to First Grade!  I am ready for new adventures!  Since I switched grade levels, my classroom changed too.  I had been in the same spot since my school opened in 2005.  Room 102.  With moving on up (da da da da, to the east side), I moved down the hallway and on the opposite side.  Room 109.  I love looking out the window and seeing the sun.  Before my classroom faced our breezeway.

Are you ready to see my room?  I kept my zebra theme but added something to it to change it up a little bit. 

Ready??

Set????



Go!!!!!
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Since I switched classrooms, I realized just how much junk I had.  I ended up throwing so much away!


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Good bye junk!!!

Here are some before pictures!


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Yep, that is correct!  I have a lot of junk.  Too bad I didn't take a picture of when I first moved in there and I had a great big mountain of my things.


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Now I am going to show you around my room.  First up is my CAFE board and my Word Wall!  As you can tell, my theme is black and white/zebra print/mustaches.





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Next is my Calendar Math, Jobs, and Rules.




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Easel for whole group lessons.  (I <3 my easel)  On top of the easel are my birthday straws.  Each child will get one on their birthday.  Summer birthday's will get one on their half birthday. 

Mustache Fun Birthday Pencil Topper Kit


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Corner by Calendar.  Job Chart.  Daily Five Chart.  Birthday's.  (Check out my post about my birthday display here)




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Beside the Calendar, I have my Spelling Words and Sight Words display.  I used my great Silhouette Portrait to make the Spelling Words and the Sight Words sign.  They will stay on my board all year and I will write the words under them.  

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On the other side of my dry erase board I have my Objectives and my Daily 5 browsing boxes. 


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Guided Reading spot.  All ready for Open House.  I ran out of shelves so I created one.  Check out the post here.  I love how it turned out. 

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Beside my Guided Reading table are my math manipulatives and then more browsing boxes.  Oh, and my behavior chart.
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This is my Writing table.


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Beside my Writing table, I have a sink.   Above the sink I am going to put the PowerPix.  I labeled the area with a mustache.  Of course!! 



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My Fan"tache"tic Improvers Wall.  The students will earn their sticker and place on the small mustache paper.  Once they earn so many stickers, the will clip their clothespin on the Improvers Wall.  Then the students will earn more stickers and again once they reach the correct number, they will move their clothespin up.  





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View from Middle Room looking out. 


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View of the classroom from the back. 

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View from Front Door. 

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The way the student desks are for Open House.  Me Bag- students bring in items the first day of school to tell about themselves.  Information on what to do at Open House. (Student Information Card, About My Class, etc.)  Baggies with 1st Grade Pencil and mustache tattoo. 

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of my classroom!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Have a Wolfelicious day!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Getting Ready for Back to School 2014

I have started back working in my classroom getting it all ready for first grade.  I have so much to do.  Here are some things I have been working on.  

This year I wanted to make a new Birthday Chart that wouldn't take up too much room.  This is what I decided to make. 

Here are the materials. 


This is how my Birthday Chart turned out. 

I love how it turned out.  Each month I will flip the black card. I listed all my kiddos birthdays.

My room's theme is black and white, zebra print, with mustaches. After I cleaned out tons of trash! 



I found I had numerous crates.  I decided to make a shelf with them for my guided reading area.  Since I switched grade levels, I got different classroom furniture.  I am used to having lots of shelves, but first grade doesn't have them.  So, I decided I would make some.  The crates I had were orange, red, and yellow.  That just wasn't going to work in my classroom of black and white. So I knew I needed to paint them.  (I forgot to take a picture at the beginning)


This is how my crate shelf turned out.  I love it.  It is functional and pretty.  Next time I will check out Wal-mart first because their crates were on sale and I would have spent less buying new ones than painting the ones I had. 


I have been trying to figure out how I am going to display my objectives.  This is what I decided to make. I got a big picture frame with clear plastic. Then I used my Silhouette to make the letters. 


I love how it turned out.  I just hope the clear plastic works.               


 Are you needing some new items for a new school year?  I know I do.  My store is having a sale!
                   
Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Wolfelicious Day!!


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are You a Parent?



This year will be my 13th year as a teacher.  Numerous changes have occurred throughout my years of teaching.  Most of them, I feel, have been very positive and have made me into a better teacher.  

I remember when I graduated college (Go Falcons!) and I was super excited to get my first teaching job.  I then got a job in my hometown and at a school that I went to when I was little.  I was so excited to decorate my classroom and to be doing what I always imagined and wanted to be doing.  
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I got a great mentor and the other teachers at the school were so helpful!  My school year started and I remember feeling intimidated because the parents of my classroom were much older than me.  I felt scared!  

I now had my own classroom that I always wanted but with being just out of school I felt people didn't think I knew what to do.  Not the staff at my school, they were wonderful.  I guess I felt that way from the parents because they thought I was so young.  They would say, I never had a teacher like you?  Are you a parent?  

What did that mean?  

Then the school year progressed.  I had some wonderful students and some that were wonderful but needed a little more help to be that way.  I felt like I finally had my dream job!  I was doing what I always had wanted to do.  

The year, I felt, was going well and my students were learning.  Then I remember someone telling me, you will understand better when you are a parent?  

What does that mean?   

So, every teacher needs to be a parent to be a better teacher?  

Is this true?  

For years, I debated with myself what exactly being a parent had to do with teaching.  I didn't think being a parent would change my teaching at all.  I thought I would be the same kind of teacher that I had always been. 

I know it takes a very special person to be a teacher.  We know we aren't in it for the money.  Are teachers that have children better teachers than teachers that don't have children?  

I know it always upset me when someone would ask me if I had children.  I didn't think it made a teacher better at their job.  After teaching for so many years, I think it depends on the teacher if she/he is a better teacher because they have children.  
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I think for myself, it has made me a better teacher because I always think about, what if that was Liam?  What if that was my son?  Is that how I would want his teacher to handle the situation?  I do believe that the teachers that have children of their own feel this way in their teaching.  I think it helps a teacher become a better teacher because it puts more meaning into their job.  It isn't just a child you are teaching, it is someone's child.   Would you want your child treated this way?  

What are your feeling about this subject?  Do you like it when people ask you if you have children?  Does it change the view of the teacher?  Let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Wolfelicious Day!!


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