Saturday, February 25, 2012

Current Classroom Pictures . . . Part 2.a

     Now right off the bat this will be a two-part post. I LOVE outlines and list, henceforth, my title: Part 2.a. My classroom has a "loose" candy theme in mostly primary colors. I say "loose" because I see some amazing classrooms in blog word that have these themes that are so so so creative and everything connects. The perk to using primary colors: they are EVERYWHERE all the time. I love being able to keep the colors fairly cohesive.
      On Thursday one of my favorite college professors is coming to my class to observe a students teacher. On Friday my school is having Grandparents' Day. That was all the motivation I needed to do some deep cleaning in my classroom. It's been pretty consistently clean but it needed a bit more TLC than the usual. I mean it is more than half-way through the year and it's the first time I spent almost the entire Saturday in my classroom. I made a long mental list of all the cute things I need to create to make my classroom more functional.
     Now onto the pictures!

This is a snapshot of the "makeover" process and the beginning of the year!

My classroom library :) I created my labels over the summer and still need to create some new ones for some new categories!
My library check-out system is SUPER DUPER easy -  every student has a check-out slip and writes the title of the book the date they check it out and the date they check it back in.
Are communal class supplies

M&M Math Mania Corner - All my math workstations are housed in the middle. 
Pencil sharpener, paper, and Literacy Work Stations
(Literacy Work Stations need some cutesy labels!)

My Cookie Conduct clip chart behavior system - it's all in its own little corner of the classroom.

Every time a students' clip goes down they must fill out a blue sheet. The blue sheets allow the student to identify what they, why they did it, and what they are going to do next time. I also require a parent signature. The blue sheets keep parents aware of their child's behavior and leaves me a permanent record to reference if I need to. 

My desk! It's tiny but I love it. I originally had a huge one but I decided it took up to much space. 

I try to keep everything in the drawers so I ave a clean desktop. 

This is my round the school year bulletin board. This is where I display students' work. The candy wrappers have each students name on them. The big blue rectangle in the middle is suppose to identify whatever is on display. 
Disclaimer: If I knew how to create borders around pictures and put pictures in collages I would happily do it, but I haven't figured it out. Also, complete side note, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to watermark things I create in Pages on my Mac. Till I figure that out I can't post anything else onto TPT. Since I'm exposing my helplessness I have one more frustration. For the life of me I don't know how people create the adorable previews of their units for sale and put them in their blog posts. If anyone knows how to do any of this and remembers how it felt to be the new helpless little guy please let me know! I would be so grateful!


Lori Rosenberg said...

Looks like a beautiful classroom! Don't you just love the clip chart? Works like a charm!


Stephanie Carroll said...

I love your cookie theme clipchart! Do you have the templates anywhere available for download?

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