OMG! It's been almost 2 months since I blogged last...EEK! But you know how it is starting school again, it's crazy! I can't believe how fast it's gone already...but all be back later to blog about the happenings in 205 but right now I'd like to take about a little...OK a BIG celebration happening right now!
My friend the Primary Gal is hosting a huge $1 Birthday sale! As I write this there are 108 items on sale for just a buck! WHOLEY MOLEY (it that how you spell that?!)
I picked two of my best sellers and a Fall Math pack!
Look at all these deals! Be sure to check them out!
Well the time has come... School officially starts on Tuesday! (That's tomorrow, I started this post the other day but I didn't have good pictures so I had to go back to school today!)Oh where did the summer go and why do I still feel like there's so much to do?! I moved classrooms two years in a row...ugh! But I'm very happy with the results of this year's transformation and I think the kiddos I met the other day love it too.
We went from this...
View from the door
View from the other side
Front of the classroom
Focus wall, missing a few things that will be put up as we go!
Morning message for tomorrow!
Gathering area, focus wall and calendar
Library, student computers and teacher area
Word wall under whiteboard
Student book baskets
Go home chart
Classroom jobs display
Lunch count and attendance board (my favorite!)
My desk, not too messy yet ;)
Reading table with baskets for supplies
"Welcome to the first day!"
Outside the classroom
I hope you have enjoyed my little tour! I'm excited and nervous for tomorrow but I think it's gonna be a great year!
Be sure to check out some other classrooms here...
So the other day I was awake at 3am and decided to work on school stuff rather than just tossing and turning all night long. I am required (like most of you) to display my "I can" statements somewhere in my classroom. I haven't always been so good about it however. I have some trouble figuring out exactly how I want them displayed. Last year I wrote them on the board and then later in the year I made a diy version of a whiteboard that I placed at my carpet/morning meeting area. I wasn't crazy about either of these :( But this year I decided to re-try posting my objectives on my whiteboard but I knew I had to dress it up a bit so this is what I came up with...
The schedule cards are from Creative Teaching Press, I was unable to find them on their website :( I added my own words to make the cards fit my schedule.
If you're interested in my Objectives Display you can find it here!
So what your classroom says about you says a lot about you as a teacher...at least I think so! I spend A LOT of time setting up and getting my classroom ready. I love making it look inviting/warm/friendly/comfortable I do have a bit going on but I try not to go over the top too much (however many would disagree!)
I have loved being able to make my own decor, because I can make things exactly as I want.
As you can see from the picture below, I am totally ready for school to start...
He he he okay maybe not so ready! I'll get there though!
I'll be sharing more pics as things get put away and cleaned up. Anyway my classroom decor this year was inspired by an alphabet that I saw and I made my own!
They are pretty cute don't you think?! You can find them here, they are currently on sale for 20% but will be on sale again soon...
This alphabet also inspired a few other projects including homework folder labels.
You can add individual student names! and they are FREE, (Sorry they were free for a short time) you can get them $3 and use them every year!
Well it seems ALL I have been talking about lately is ASSESSMENT... since that's what I talked about in my Guided Math post, you can read about it here.
This post is still math related but it's more relating to COMMON CORE. So if your anything like me sometimes reinventing the wheel is not possible and you just need something quick and easy and did a mention free? (ok maybe not quick and maybe not easy, but you know what I mean...) Anywho I came across this website the other day and I just feel it needs to be shared! It has COMMON CORE MATH for each grade level K-6, you just click on your grade level and then on the standard.
There are activities, levels of rigor and then you can click on assessing that standard! It is soo awesome and will make your life a little easier :)
Here is where you can find all this fabulous stuff! Howard Country Public Schools It will say grade 1 but you can select any grade level on that home page. I hope this site helps you out :)
Come back next week for...CLASSROOM DECOR!!!
To check out the other awesome teacher talking about assessment click either picture below to find the linky party.