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Classroom Theme and Pictures of my Class

Surfin Through Second is having a Classroom Theme Linky Party.  It started a few days ago, but I'm considering myself fashionably late to this party.  :)

I've never shared pictures of my classroom on here, so I figure I might as well do that at the same time.  I do have some changes I want to make this year to make it more uniform.  My classroom has kinda been a hodgepodge of things I've found online on other great teacher blogs.  I've kinda had a running theme of blue, green, and pink.  This year I would like it more cohesive in a blue & green theme.  I don't want to get too crazy since we're moving to Hawaii in December though.  

So let's start the tour and discuss the things I want to change!  I did take these pics at the end of last school year though.

Here's the bulletin board in the hallway.  For some reason, we all have vertical boards which is really weird.  I left this up all year long because I loved it.   I need to come up with something else for this school year, but I haven't really thought about it yet.  Any ideas?

Here's what you see when you come in my door.  The frames are on the right and the cork board is on the left.

Then I have 3 bulletin boards and a whiteboard along the right hand wall.  I also use the whiteboard as a background for my document camera and projector.

1st I have a bunch of task cards hanging up.  Next year, I think I'm going to take these down and use this to display my schedule and the Common Core objectives I'm teaching.

Then I have my math board.  These were the anchor charts from our division unit.  If you're looking for  something like this for a division unit click {here} or a multiplication unit click {here}.


 This is where I put all of our vowel patterns as we learn them.  I got these {here} for free!  

Here's my "whole group" area.  I teach resource so I don't have a large group and this works.

I have these great windows.  But when the blinds are open, the light is right in your eyes.  So instead, I use them to hang anchor charts on.

Here's the room from the back.

Here's where I do almost all of my teaching and work.  I don't have a teacher desk because I use this area.

This is how I organize all my stuff!  The crate has individual folders with all their IEP and data stuff.  The piles of paper on the floor grow and grow throughout the week until I get around to doing something with it.

 Here's the other back wall.

I also have a storage room that is fairly large.  I shouldn't let you see it....but here it is.

YIKES!  Somebody needs to clean that room out!

And here is my 2nd oldest daughter.  Her middle school is right next to my school.  Middle school here doesn't start till 9:05!!!  Everyday, she would come to school with me and hang out.  She'd do her homework or help me or help one of my son's Kindergarten teacher.  In August, she's going to go to high school and no longer come to school with me.  I sure am going to miss her.  But I won't miss waiting on her to get out of school at 4:05 so I can finally go home!



 So to make my room more cohesive, I've made a new set of alphabet cards in blue and green.  I am working on making a set of Common Core I Can statements in blue and green.  Maybe I'll eventually get them done.  I've listed these in my TPT store.  Click on the picture to check them out.


So there you go!  That's my classroom and my mix-match of a theme.  Don't forget to link up by clicking {here}.

30 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun and inviting room! Renee

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  2. Your room is so bright & colorful! I absolutely love your vowels board. Thanks for showing us around your classroom. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. Thank you so much for linking up! I think it all looks great! Your shelf space is so nice, I love the colored cubby containers. So modern and high tech looking. I have none of this:( I open my closet and hope that no critters come running out! How cute your daughter is:) I love having my kids in school with me, I will miss them when they move up.

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. I'm definitely going to miss Addie with me everyday. But I'm kinda excited about not having to stick around for almost 2 hours every afternoon (especially on Fridays)!

      Angelia

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  4. thanks for the tour. your room looks so inviting and cozy. i'm sure your students leave with happy memories of this space. :)

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  5. I love the pictures of your room. My kids went to the same school where I teach at from kindergarten to eighth grade. Last year my daughter went to high school I sure missed her help in the mornings and after school.

    Sue

    www.arainbowofteaching.blogspot.com

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  6. Your anchor charts that are on the blinds, have you ever thought about opening the blinds (I know you said the sun shines in your/the students' eyes), and putting your anchor charts on the window itself? In my classroom we have 4 HUGE windows, I keep the lights turned off for most of the day because the sun is bright enough, and students hang their work on the windows. This may allow some natural sunlight in the room, but also block out the bright sun. Just a thought :o)

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    1. Wonderful idea! I hadn't thought of that!!!!

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  7. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your classroom. I love them!

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  8. I love seeing pictures of other classrooms too. Your hallway bulletin board is great! Thanks for sharing!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I love your door design! :)
    TeachPrayLove

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  10. You could do some type of flower bulletin board in the hallway and put something about "growing and learning" through the year on it. =)

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    1. Great idea! Something to consider!

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  11. It looks great! This year I will be lucky enough to have 2 of my kiddos at the school next door, but we get out at the same time which will be nice. I am following from Wild About Teaching.

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  12. On Pinterest there are many bulletin board examples. One I really liked was vertical, and had the alphabet all around the outside, as a border. Then on the inside,(it was covered with black paper), there were text abbreviations like TTYL, LOL, SMH, and many others. And then the middle of the bulletin board said "a book is like a really long text message." I put some cartoons about books and reading on it as well. It turned out very cute, and the kids had a great time trying to read the texts.

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    1. That's a super cute idea!!! I LOVE it!

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  13. The other two ideas I have just seen also came from Pinterest. One is a take off on FB, and is geared for the beginning of school. The other is a bulletin board (or in this case, a door) which has spaces for the kids to "tweet" what they are learning, and is used like exit tickets.

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  14. Love your bulletin board! We are the "rockets" are our school so that would work well for me! I might have to use your cute idea! Thanks for sharing.-Yvonne Dixon Sassy in Second

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    1. I can't take credit for the idea since I saw it on Pinterest, but it wasn't very hard to make.

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  15. I love those blue and green alphabet cards! Your room looks amazing too:)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  16. I love the bulletin board! Where did you get the "manners" sign hanging in the blue frame?

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    1. Honestly, I saw it on Pinterest last summer, but it was kinda expensive. I figured I could duplicate it and pretty much did. I would offer it on my blog but I copied someone else's work. I figure that would be unfair.

      Angelia

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  17. I love your therapy ball stand. Where did you get it from?

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    1. Our school's OT got it for one of my students. I'm not sure where she got it from. Sorry!

      Angelia

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  18. I love reading your Blog, so I've nominated you for two awards, check them out!

    http://readingwithmissd.blogspot.ca/2012/07/passing-along-awards-to-other-bloggers.html

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  19. I loved seeing all of your great ideas. My favorite was the vowel bulletin board. Where did you find the task cards??

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    1. I found them on http://www.proteacher.net/. They have tons of FREE stuff on there!

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  20. It's so great to hear these images of classrooms. These are not only inspiring for others but also i learned something from these. personal statement edit

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