Friday, July 26, 2013

2013 Classroom Tour

Hooray! I'm so excited to writing this post because that means I'm (99%) finished with my classroom! I did indeed decorate my classroom a bit, and I've updated several things from my classroom in 2012. Let me show you around!

First, a couple of views of the room as a whole.

From the classroom door

From the door

From the front of the room, by the bookcase

Back of the room, facing the classroom door

Now, for a closer look.

The front of my classroom.

You can see the remnants of my "Aah! School starts so soon and I have so much to do!" mind map on the board. :)

The Sacred Table - this is a new idea I found somewhere on Pinterest (as soon as I figure out where, I'll link to it). Adam helped me swipe this cute wooden table from storage at the school and this will be the class's sacred table. This table will be a place for students to go when they need a little extra help or if they have a lot of questions, and it's considered sacred because students should feel safe to ask any questions they have without fearing ridicule. I'm loving this idea. Hopefully it works out!

My homework assignment and class agenda board.



Old idea with tidier labels.


Workshop Supplies Crates - I've added a writer's workshop program to my curriculum this year for both English 9 and 10. I'm really looking forward to this and I'll definitely be posting about this in the very near future. My Writer's Workshop crate consists of red pens, extra highlighters, my little draft labels, glue sticks, and Post-It notes. My Reader's Workshop crate (which is really just for annotating text) consists of lots of Post-It notes and some bookmarks.

My old classroom rules poster. I've got a shiny new one that should be arriving in the mail next week!

A little wisdom :)

My updated (and much better-looking) information bulletin board! I love the new fabric!


Sign Out Sheet - This is an old idea that's new to my classroom. I really hate that tiny moment of sheer panic when you realize one of your students is missing and then you thankfully remember that you let them go to the bathroom. This is mostly to help me stay cool as a cucumber. It's a dry erase board too, so that's handy.


High School Word Wall - This is new and I'm excited about it. I'm giving my vocabulary program a mini-makeover (you may recall that I was singin' the Vocabulary Blues here and here). I promise there will be a blog post about my vocab mini-makeover soon too, but for now I wanted to introduce you to my high school word wall. Instead of being organized by letter like many of the elementary word walls, this one will be organized into five categories:

  • literary terms
  • writing terms
  • found words
  • words we love
  • vocab workshop words (from the vocab book)
The back of the classroom
(Still have to cover the ugly filing cabinets)
Student supply center

Homework trays


Somehow my original Absent Binder got thrown away over summer break, so I had to make another one. :(

My binder full of book reviews and recommendations
Paper, paper, and that yellow paper the kids really don't want. :P
 
Folders for graded student work... hopefully this system will work because I've never had a "returning work" system work yet. :\
My desk that I don't love
I'm forgoing the desk calendar this year and just keeping my Sanity Saver calendar at hand.



Ta-Da! My Giant Calendar! - Inspired by the link in this post! A little ribbon, some card stock, and magnet tape can go a long way! :)




Well, even if the teacher isn't quite ready for the year, the classroom is. :)

Are you sharing a classroom tour this year on your own blog? Post the link in the comments! I'd love to see them!




25 comments:

  1. First, I am so jealous you are already in your room! My school is finishing reconstruction and I can't get to anything right now. Second, I am thinking of stealing your ideas for the extra copies box and the word wall! Third, all of your pictures are making me excited for the start of school!

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    1. That extra copies box is a lifesaver pretty much all of the time! And I'm excited to see how the word wall works. School starts for us in a week and a half, so I'm glad to be in there! :)

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  2. Awesome job! I haven't started on my classroom yet since they aren't done with floors and painting. I really like your word wall idea and your giant calendar!

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    1. Bummer that you can't get into your room yet. I'm in there kind of early this year, but I had a lot of work to do! :P

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  3. Thanks for the inspiration! We don't begin school here in Maine until the last week in August so I haven't started 'nesting' in my classroom quite yet! I love your white board calendar idea...I'll be creating one on one white board using painter's tape because it doesn't leave any residue! :)

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    1. You are absolutely right to use the term "nesting." That's exactly what it is. :) Clever idea with the painter's tape!

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  4. I love that calendar on the white board! Last year was my first year using fabric to cover my boards and I am never going back to butcher paper. I used a full size sheet set and cut it to fit. Cheaper than buying a couple yards of fabric!

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    1. I lucked out with that fabric... it was on clearance and it was only about $2 a yard. The sheets idea is a good one, though! This is my first year with fabric on my bulletin board, but I can already tell I like it so much better than paper.

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  5. I found your blog through Pinterest and have already fallen in love! lol I am definitely planning on incorporating some of your ideas in my classroom. I even started my own blog after reading through some of your posts :)

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    1. Cool! Once you get your blog up and off the ground, send me a link! I'd love to check it out.
      Pinterest is a gift to teachers everywhere.

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    2. I'm slowly getting it going but here's the link: http://lbhyslop.blogspot.com/

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  6. I was just able to get into my classroom this week and start setting things up. I'm not NEARLY as close to ready as you are, but here's my start (http://bookishadvantage.blogspot.com/2013/07/setting-up-classroom-part-1.html)

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I tried to leave a comment on your blog post, but the computer hates me and it wouldn't let me do it. Something with the word verification... anyway, I wanted to say that I really like your desk arrangement! :)

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  7. I love the whiteboard sign-out sheet...I've been looking for a way to get rid of the "where's Johnny??" moments of hysteria. We don't start until September, so I haven't been prepping my room yet, but I love your ideas...it makes me excited to get in the classroom and get going!



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    1. September! When did you guys get out of school this year? We're moving to a balanced calendar for 2014-2015, so this year we go back August 7th and get out around June 3rd.

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  8. Your classroom makes me so happy! I'm so glad I found your blog! There are 34873927293 elementary school blogs out there, and like 10 secondary ones, it feels like! I can't wait to see what else you post about!

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  9. Stephanie- for graded work, I have folders labeled for each class in a wire bin at the front of the class where students are responsible for picking up their work. There are always students willing to pass out the work during the warm up time or when they're done their assignment early.

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  10. What type of letter stickers did you use for the quote below the wall clock?

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  11. What font are you using? I MUST add it to my collection!

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  12. Did you get individual stickers for the quote under the clock?

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    1. No, it's a decal. I found it at Hobby Lobby and it was wildly inexpensive. :) But I suppose you could use individual stickers for something like that.

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  13. Article rewriting is a literary skill that many think they possess, but few actually do. There are many reasons for rewriting an article and the approach to the task will generally be dependent on the reason and required result.

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