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Back to School Pictures with some Freebies!

Last Monday was our first day back to work.  Summer is officially over.  :(  We spent the week in training and having the opportunities to get our rooms ready to meet the kiddos & their parents on Friday morning.  I feel like I worked really, really hard this week.  I decided to change some of my decor at the last minute (I don't recommend do that!) and worked like a maniac to get it all done!

So here are some pictures of my updated classroom and I've thrown in some freebies for you guys a long the way.

Here's my outside Pinterest inspired bulletin board.  We have this vertical boards, and they're kinda weird. I like to do something that I can leave up all year long and then put student work on those skinny boards to the right and left.  You can see my cool rocket ship from last year's board {here}. 

For meet the teacher day, I had my table set up like this.  

Since I teach special education in a resource room setting, my students go to their general education teacher's classroom on Meet the Teacher day.  

I want to see my kids too but know that they probably need a reminder to come my way.  I put these cards on their desk in the general education classroom.  I revamped them since last year, so they're cuter than before.  I've done this the last two years, and I get a lot more students coming to my classroom.  You can download them for free by clicking the picture.  There are two versions.  One for students that you already know from the previous year and one for new students that you haven't met yet.

Graphics by Scrappin' Doodles and fonts by Kevin and Amanda and Hello Literacy.



These Lucky Charm bags came from Pinterest and are so cute!  You can get the topper for free {here}. Do you follow me on Pinterest?  If not, you should!  Click {here}.

Here's what my room looks like from the back corner.  It's a little blurry.  I don't know what happened. :/

This is what you see when you walk in my door.

The Alphabet Cards can be downloaded from my TPT store by clicking {here}

This is where I will hang my official schedule once I get it completed.  You can download the schedule cards for free from The First Grade Parade {here}.  I will also be hanging the daily objectives here but of course I haven't finished making them yet.  I need to get that done ASAP!

These are my Class Rules Posters.  You can download them for FREE in my TPT store by clicking {here}.

Underneath them is my Behavior Clip Chart.  And I think it turned out ADORABLE!!!  You can purchase them at my TPT store by clicking {here}.


These are my desk name tags.  They're also FREE in my TPT store.  Click {here}.  There are 6 different colored tags in the pack.


I like showcasing some of my favorite books on my shelves.

Here are my Touch Point Math posters that I love!  You can purchase them in my TPT store by clicking {here}.

I finally put labels on my clock that I got from here for free!  This has been on my to do list for a YEAR!


This is my too small classroom library.  I have a ton of other books, but they're reading level is too high for the kids I have this year.  I'm doing K-2 and most of my students are struggling students below grade level.  I have such a hard time finding books that are good for Kindergarten and 1st grade students since my school does AR.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Any ideas of where I can find books that are 0.5 - 1.5?  I've even noticed that my books that are 0,8ish seem to have really hard words.  I don't get it.

So that's it!  I'm pretty happy with the way my room turned out.  I have a few odds and ends that I want to finish but haven't gotten to yet.  Soon I'll posting pics of other classrooms in my school that look AMAZING!  I can't wait to show you all how cute our school looks!

38 comments:

  1. You just reminded me I forgot to post my whole brain teaching rules yesterday when I finished putting together my room! Oops! I better do that next week! If you want to see my classroom pics, click the link below :)

    Inside The Lower Elementary Cottage

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    1. I just checked out your blog! I'd love to hear more about how you do Whole Brain Teaching in your special ed classroom!

      Angelia

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    2. I plan to implement it as much as possible this year. I need to figure out a different system of attention-getters because I don't always want everyone in my multi-age class. Perhaps I can do "kinders," "firsties," and "second graders" in addition to "class." Then I can get the attention of only the group I want. I have a star theme this year, so I may actually give the groups star colors since they don't actually all work at their grade level. Maybe "red stars," "blue stars" and "green stars." Can you tell I'm still brainstorming?! I really liked it when I tested it out, but I had my last group for 2 years and it didn't make sense to completely change it the last week of school. This will be my first year using it all the time. I'll blog about it after the school year gets going and I work out the kinks!

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  2. I'm hosting a classroom tour linky party. You should pop over and link up! You're room looks terrific!!! :)

    Happy Back to School!
    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  3. Your classroom looks great! I love your puzzle piece bulletin board - SO cute :)

    - Sasha
    The Autism Helper

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    1. Thanks so much! I was really happy that I was able to "mostly" make all the pieces fit together!

      Angelia

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  4. Wow, your room looks awesome! I'm jealous of the space you have, I also teach resource room & my room is more like a long narrow closet (ok, maybe not a closet.. but it feels that way when 9 kids are in it! lol). I loooove Touch Math, I use that as well in my classroom (I was actually taught that way when I was in elementary school.. but back then no one knew what it was lol) Thanks for sharing your pictures! =)

    Ashley
    The Resource Room Teacher

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    1. I LOVE my classroom. I was in a smaller room with NO windows 2 years ago. I felt like I was in the dungeon all day. Having a small space can sure make it tough to teach!

      Angelia

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  5. Love your room! I can't wait until mine is complete.

    Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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  6. Your room looks lovely. I am trying to find a printable of the Manners poster you have framed, but the Pinterest links for it are broken. Can you help me find that? I would love to put that in my classroom! Thanks!

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    1. This was the original place that I saw the sign:

      http://blog.persnicketyprints.com/2011/05/wall-art-manners.html

      I liked the concept but not quite like they had it. So I just duplicated to how I wanted it.

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  7. I love your notes that you leave as a reminder for your kids to come to see you too. I think I will try that at our Parent Teacher Conferences. Do you teach all day in the resource room? I also teach special education (some resource and some collaboration).
    Kim

    mrshsresourceroom.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, so far I've done all pull-out. The upper grade resource teachers are doing more push-in (actually almost all push-in). How do you like pushing in to gen ed? There has been more of a push for that in our district. I just can't quite wrap my head around how it would work. Especially when you have students all getting reading instruction at the same time but in 3-4 or even more different classrooms.

      Angelia

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    2. It is difficult to schedule for sure. In most cases, during spring scheduling I group my kids together based on their IEPs as much as possible. For instance, all of my reading IEP kids would be together so I can get in their gen. ed. class to service them during reading. (I teach in a very small school district. There are about 350 kids in our elementary school) If for some reason that doesn't work out my teachers have been very flexible and will let me bring my "reading" kids (for example) with to another classroom. This year, though, I have about 1/2 and 1/2 resource and collaboration. We (my kids and I) stay for the "main" lesson during the first half of class and for the last 1/2 we go to the resource room for more direct instruction in the skills they are missing. In the upper grades, my kids are usually missing so much of the fundamental skills that it is very hard for them to keep up in the regular class.
      I love going into the regular classroom. I have fantastic teachers to co-teach with, but it definitely takes flexibility and relationship building with your teammate!
      I go back and forth a lot about how I feel about resource vs. collaboration. I know my kids don't need to be in my room all day or even for all of a subject area, but some are just so low that resource is much better for them that collaboration. It's just a tough call!
      Kim

      PS-Just wanted to share with you that I showed you a little bloggy love over at my blog. Check it out here http://mrshsresourceroom.blogspot.com/2012/08/special-education-blog.html

      Kim

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  8. How cute! Thanks for sharing. I love your alphabet cards. Where did you get the clipart for them?


    ✿ Stacy
    Land of Aha-Z!

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    1. Honestly, a bunch of different places. I pulled stuff from a lot of graphic sets I had bought. Scrappin Doodles and KPM Doodles both sell ABC sets of graphics.

      Angelia

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  9. Your room looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  10. Wow! Thanks for sharing such great (free!) resources. Your classroom looks great. Such cute little touches! I'm currently trying to build a bank of ready-to-stick-on-the-wall resources for teachers to prep their classrooms.

    I'd love if you could add a link to your behaviour clip chart and class rules at my FREEBIE classroom décor linky party.

    Emer at A Crucial Week

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    1. Thanks! I just linked up!!

      Angelia

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    2. Wow! That was quick! Thanks a million!! :)

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  11. You did a fabulous job! I know that all your students are going to love coming to your room!
    Shibahn
    www.landoflearning.wordpress.com

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  12. I love this!! I also teach in a resource type setting and I think I may borrow your idea and freebie to get parents to come see me this year! I hate being there and never seeing a soul so thanks for the motivation! I am curious how many kids you see and what grades. Do you see those students for math, writing, and reading every day?
    Taylor
    BakingCraftingTeaching Oh My!

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    1. So glad you can use the Welcome Back card. This year I'm doing K-2. My numbers are starting out a lot less than previous years. I only have 11 on my case load right now but I know more will come out of the wood work (they always do!). Some of those students are on consult or maybe just 30-60 min of academic support. So I will also be taking some of the self-contained teacher's 2nd grade students and bringing them in with my reading, writing, and math 2nd graders. She is starting with 14 kids K-5 and there is no way she can teach them all. It looks like I'll be doing reading for 7 2nd graders, writing for 6 or 7 2nd graders, and math for 8 2nd graders. Plus, I have a 1st grader and kindergartener that each have an hour of academic support. How does it work at your school?

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  13. Love all this great stuff! Your room looks awesome. I have been looking for the perfect name tags for my tables and I think yours will fit the bill! Thanks for that. I am new to the blogging community. You should pop over sometime. http://firstgradesensei.blogspot.jp/

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  14. Your room looks great. You can find beginning readers on Scholastic. Try using the book wizard and searching by level or "books like" ones that you already have. They also have lots of non-fiction readers at lower levels. That's where I start with my early readers. :)

    Rita

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  15. Your room is amazing- thanks for linking up.
    ✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten

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  16. Your room looks great! Thanks for letting us take a sneak peek! :)

    Janet
    Mrs. D's Firsties

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  17. Your room looks great!! Love your clip chart!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  18. I just LOVE your room! I really want those touch math numbers for my class. My student who has apraxia uses touch math when he's in his ESE class and I would love to incorporate it into our regular curriculum with him! I also have the same problem with AR! There really are not texts for beginning readers! Kindergarten at our school doesn't do AR but we start in 1st grade and it is hard at the beginning of the year!

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  19. I love your pictures. Great room. Thanks for linking up.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your pictures of your classroom. Can I get a copy of the AR Level labels? This is the one thing I need for my library! And I agree I can't find many 0.1-0.9 books. I looked in Scholastic, but there are just a few.

    Thanks
    Nicole
    mrs.nhardman@gmail.com

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  21. What form did you have parents fill out on back to school night? I'm looking for something but haven't had much luck. Thanks! :) Love your classroom!

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