I'm excited to share my classroom with you. This is my sixth year teaching. It seems every year I add a little more of my personality to my classroom. I'm really starting to like it :) Lets start with a couple of scanning photos.
Right beside my door you will find my word work bookcase. I have always loved the size of this bookcase. It fits perfectly in several spots in the room and it's pretty sturdy. However I wasn't in love with the blah fake wood color. So 2 summers ago I decided to modge podge it with small squares of scrap booking paper. I love it! It always gets bunches of compliments.
Word Work is one of the components of The Daily Five that I'm excited to be implementing this year. The tubs on the selves contain things such as playdoh, letter stamps, scrabble tiles, letter tiles, gloves (for clapping out syllables), magnetic letters, and some other fun things. The kids will choose what to use, and work independently during their word work time. If you work with children you know that too many choices can be a bad thing! So I have made closed and open signs that stick on with Velcro so the kids will know what is available for them. Right now they are all closed (the red circle) since we haven't started this part of the daily five yet.
The blue pocket chart hanging behind the book case doesn't have a specific purpose. Occasionally I put a poem in it for the kids to read when lining up.
Next to Word work you will find my mailboxes, for graded work and notes home. On top is the baskets where the kiddos turn in folders, homework, and notes from home.
Above the mailboxes is my star chart. This is how we keep up with discipline in my room. Every kid has a star. If they get in trouble they move it down once.
On the other side of my door is a small bookcase where we store the notebooks for writers workshop. I didn't snap a picture of above this bookcase. There I have my rules posted and some of the faces that I made last summer.
Beside my reading center is my kids book boxes where they keep their books. This picture is a week or so old. They are much cuter now that I have the kids pictures on them. :)
Next up is my horseshoe table for reading groups. And then my computers in the corner.
Next up is the bucket fillers bulletin board.
My reading board is next to it. It has pocket charts for the daily five, a chart for the reading cafe (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocab skills that I will be teaching), and a chart for our weekly spelling and vocab words.
Next is my homeworkopoly board. The kids get to play on Fridays if they've turned in their homework all week. This is a new favorite in my classroom!
In front of these boards is my carpet and whiteboard chart thingy. We spend a lot of time on the carpet.
Behind the chart is my desk. I'm embarrassed of this picture. That book case is badly neglected!
In the front of my room next to the white board is a small bulletin board. My kids are sitting in rows. They can earn brownies for their row's pan. When the pan is full they get a treat. This is working wonders in my room right now! I'm thinking of other things to change this to later on in the year. Maybe icecream sundaes or something.
My coat racks and birthdays....
My Math board....I'm kicking myself for using the star fabric on it. It's too busy. But I'm too tired to fix it this year.
This bulletin board will display post cards from other states. We are participating in a post card exchange again this year.
And finally My Promethean Board. If you haven't been in a classroom lately you will probably be surprised at the technology available. This interactive board is hooked to my computer. I can use it to project or it's interactive and can be used much like a big computer. It's a wonderful teaching tool!
Thats it. Let me know how you liked my room.