Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classroom Progress

It's been a long summer, but finally I am able to work in my room. Here are just some progress photos. I will have to do a proper classroom tour in the future.

 I am excited to have a teaching corner. For right now, this is my dramatic play center. I feel like it takes up a lot of space, so I will probably be moving it somewhere else in the future.

 This is actually the back of my room. We have new Promethean board so even though I would normally set up my room facing this way, I am actually facing the other way. It feels a little strange.

 My grammar wall. We have ELD sections that are required to teach grammar for 1 hour a day. The whole school posts a grammar wall to reinforce the skills that are being taught in those ELD sections as well as the grammar that we teach in the non-ELD sections.

 I used to have a huge tree in my old classroom. I had to bring a little of that into my current classroom. Eventually I would like to create another large tree for tracking data. It will be on the empty wall next to it.

My reading/calendar wall. This is where I do most of my teaching. The Promethean board is to the left of this section.

 Math wall that will eventually move to the dramatic play center area.

How I will display student work.

 My bulletin board that is in... the HALLWAY!! I have always wanted to work in an indoor school just to be able to decorate outside of my door.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It #2

I love Monday Made it because it brings my two loves together, crafting and teaching. I must admit that I did more crafting this week and not as much teacher preparation. I am still trying to enjoy my summer before preparing for next school year. I know once that starts I won’t be able to stop.

Button 1I created a new clip chart about a month ago. My old clip chart was working just fine, but it had a misspelling so I decided to remake it. Last time I made my clip chart using my Cricut and it took forever. This time I decided to design it on my computer. So much easier. I still have to laminate it and put it together. I can’t wait to add a little color to my room with this clip chart.

photo 3Button 2For my second project I have been making hair accessories. I went to my local Comicon last week and I decided to make a few pieces to wear. I then decided to create a few more accessories. After seeing all of the cute outfits teachers have been sharing on Instagram last school year I realized that I want to add a bit more special touches to my everyday outfits.

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Hopefully this week I get a little more made for my classroom. I have a ton of stuff to do, but it’s been really nice just relaxing and enjoying my break. Make sure to head on over to Tara’s blog and link up for Monday Made it. Even if you don’t have anything to share, it’s a great place to get new ideas of things that you may want to make yourself.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's Time for Kindergarten

Moving to kindergarten has been in the works for 4 months. I knew back in March that I would not only be moving from second grade to kindergarten, but also moving schools. I was moving from the first school I had ever worked at. It was a scary and sad decision at first, but I am so glad that I made it. I have many reasons for making this change, but the biggest reason is that fact that I have always wanted to teach kindergarten. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I, myself, was in kindergarten. My love for school was planted like a seed and has been blossoming ever since. Now I get to teach the grade that made me fall in love with learning.

Waiting to move for 4 months was hard!! I had to pack up my old room that had been my home for 6 years and say goodbye. There were many tears on those last days of school. Summer had come, but I was busy. Many summer committee meetings to occupy my time. Then yesterday I heard I could go into my classroom! Seriously?! I was so excited. I think I only slept 5 hours last night. Luckily, I am only a 3 minute car drive away from my new school.

When I walked in all of the furniture was in the middle of the room, as it usually is during the summer. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to move it since they will be cleaning the floors in 2 weeks. THEN I can fully set up my room *fingers crossed*. I got the okay to set up my walls and work in my room though. Only downside was that the previous teacher still hadn’t packed. Here are the before pictures.

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Despite only being able to do a few things, I actually got quite a bit accomplished. I started by cleaning out all of the cabinets and wiping them down with Clorox wipes. I was able to clear out all of the cabinets on one wall and move some of my stuff into a locking cabinet.

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I was even able to set up a few walls. The one pictured below is a nice little corner right next to the door. This is where I will display some of my students’ work as well as their picture frames. I love this corner because this took up so much space in my old classroom and this room it’s nicely hidden in a corner, but since it’s right by the door it’s also very visible.

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I was also able to clear a corner of my room. I have a CORNER!! I have ALWAYS wanted a corner!! I put up the border, but didn’t take a picture of that yet. This is where I plan on having my calendar and morning meeting. Not sure if I’m going to be getting a classroom carpet, but this is the perfect place for it. I also heard that we are getting Smart boards, so that is another reason why I didn’t do much decorating yet.

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The last place that I worked on was the bathroom. I have always had a bathroom in my room so it’s nice that I don’t have to experience it for the first time with kinders. It’s also nice to have a little “bathroom knowledge” and a few Do’s and Don’t’s. I’ve shared a bathroom with the teacher next door and our 50+ 2nd graders. Now it will just be my bathroom which is also exciting. I made these posters back in 2010 and they don’t really fit in my classroom anymore, but they went perfectly in the bathroom! Hopefully Viola Swamp isn’t too scary for the bathroom :-/

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I am pretty impressed for 5 hours of work. 1 of those hours was moving things into my room and the rest was everything I shared with you. I still have quite a lot to move out of my house and into my classroom. Unfortunately it will be close to 3 weeks until I can get back in there. Hopefully, that will give me a chance to enjoy the rest of my summer. It has been flying by so quickly!! I will definitely be sharing more photos as this process goes on.

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