Anywho, I searched through my files and found a pic of my old classroom and some before pics of my current room from last August, so I thought I'd share. I plan to take new "Before" pics tomorrow and then will update my progress.
It's fun to look back and see how my classroom has evolved over the past 5/6 years (this will be year 6)!
|My old classroom (when I taught 3rd grade). I think this photo is from my 3rd year teaching. Must have been taken at the BOY b/c of the bulletin board with their names. Names are written on surf boards and beach balls! :)|
I knew I wanted a beach theme from the get go. I LOVE the beach. I think it's the Pisces thing?? :D
I got that striped rug from Joann's (6 years ago, sorry) in their dorm/college section. I remember it was 50% off. I actually just passed it on to my student teacher from last year for her classroom. But have you noticed how overpriced their dorm stuff is these days? Even at 50% off, I can't usually afford it now.
The palm trees were made by my cousin, and she also helped me rig my beach umbrella to hang from the ceiling. :) I still have both of those in my room.
|This is my class from 2 years ago. This picture was taken right after I read "My Teacher is Having a Baby" and told them I was pregnant. :) This is a view of our whole group area in front of the Smartboard and the entrance.|
You can see that the door to my classroom is open. I am a big fan of keeping my door open all day (unless we are doing a science experiment or other noise-inducing activity). Unfortunately, with our new safety measures, we are asked to keep our doors shut and locked at all times! :( Sometimes I forget, but for the most part, we are shut off from the rest of the world. Oh well. It's a happy little world we live in. :)
To the right of the door is my Listening Center for cds and cassettes. Do you still use cassette tapes? If so, isn't it funny how the kids have no idea what they are or what "rewind" means?! LOL. Above that you can see my giant flip flop with hooks that hold my bathroom passes. They are the keychain sized "Ugly Dolls." Oh, they don't take the bathroom passes with them to the bathroom. ICK. They put it on top of their desk so I know who's out of the room.
Typical conversation in my classroom:
Me: Where's ______________ (insert student name)??
Students: He went to the bathroom.
Me: Well, he sure didn't ask permission!
Students: Yes, he just asked you, and you said yes.
Me: I did?
Students: Uh huh.
LOL. Please tell me this happens to you!
|This is a view of my classroom library last August when it was *almost* finished. I ended up changing the layout a couple of times to accommodate the book boxes for Daily 5.|
|"Before" pic from last August. Yes, that's my car seat and my mom in the background holding baby boy when he was about 2.5 months old! Poor little guy, but those were the days when he could sleep anywhere! (Miss those days.)|
|"Before" from last August.|
|"Reader's Beach," AKA our class library. (The fire marshall made me take down the hanging lights. Boo, hiss.)|