Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Classroom Reveal

I'm realizing now, as I lie in bed late at night exhausted from the week (it's only Wednesday?!) that the only way I'm going to blog regularly is if it's from my phone. This way I can be in bed without a hot laptop on me in this ridiculously hot summer. 

I also realize that I've been asking too much of myself blog-wise. I require myself to write a long, witty, inspiring post, so if I know I don't have that in me, I do nothing. My new goal is to post something for myself so I can revisit my year in June. 


Here we go. 

I love my classroom. You all should have seen it three weeks ago. My oh my. We just moved into this temporary site while our permanent site is being built. I would post before pictures, but they just make me sad. Thanks to a few lovely parents, my inside walls were painted a cheery blue, which gave me the strength and motivation to make my classroom amazing. It's still a work in progress, but it's a warm, welcoming environment for my kiddos and that's all I really needed it to be. 

My front door will always feature an inspirational quote for myself and the kids. It will change each week. This is one of my favorites and I've had it since my first year of teaching. I'm currently working on getting a year's worth of quotes together in a much more darling display for TPT. 

The back of my library serves as a Where Am I station. Kiddos move their numbers to the left if they're present for the day. They also move numbers around if they individually leave the room, such as to the restroom or to resource. 

My space. I decided to follow a bunch of educators I respect and move away from a desk. I love this area for everything: grading, reconciling paperwork, and meeting with small strategy groups. 

The in progress library, with a beautiful rug which was generously donated by a parent. 

I'll track multiplication facts mastered here. Students will clip along as they pass quizzes. 

Each table has a bin that matches their table color. The bins hold their reading and writing notebooks, as well as their cursive folders. Captains are in charge of taking and returning supplies in these bins. 

I l-o-v-e the way this turned out, but my fans + humidity made the circles curl up. I'll laminate in all my spare time (ha!) to fix it. 

J'adore the focus wall so much! I have the I Can statements in sheet protectors and I just pin them up as they're relevant!

I have a little bit of storage at the front of the room and this has turned out to be a great place to keep my Monday-Friday copies. 

This is Alaska, where kids come to cool off. It is not a punishment. Kids decide when they need a break and they take it. They fill out a form about how they're feeling and try one of the calm down activities in the basket. The Take a Break set can be ordered from Teaching in Progress' TPT. 

View from the front. 

And, while it's not in my classroom I just had to share this photo of our school's garden. It adds something so special, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed the tour! 



  1. I love your blue classroom! I also love that rug (reminds me of peacock feathers) and your multiplication fact mastery set-up (totally going to steal your idea for my multiplication unit). I DON'T love the fact that we both have humidity issues in our classrooms! Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Kelsey! The walls were atrocious and then a few parents came in this summer and painted it the glorious blue that you see. Just lovely! Would you like me to email the multiplication signs to you?