Monday, August 13, 2012

It looks like it will be a great year!

Early this week I posted that Ms. Jessica @ A Turn to Learn  was having a huge giveaway of some of her top items. I am beyond ecstatic to tell you all, that I was one of the lucky winners. I still can't believe it. I must of ran around the house a couple times like a total looney toon. I did mention that I was totally stocked!

Now to my classroom. I have been a busy, busy bee for the last two weeks trying to set up my room. Every year I seem to change themes. I do everything around the class, my newsletters, folders, no homework passes, you name it, with the same theme. This year I decided to do tiger paw prints/college bound theme. My school mascot is a tiger and it will be the last year my kiddos and I are together. I wanted them to have many lasting impressions of their elementary school days.

When I first started two weeks ago, I could not fully visualize my room. I kept moving things around and around. I finally have it the way I like (I do move things throughout the year though). Here are some pictures:

Too Plain!
Tweaked it a little more:

This is how I keep track of who met their monthly reading goal. Those students that meet the goal each month will receive a medal at the end of the year...hence the hanging medal. Great motivator!

This is my library. I have the bins labeled by genre, author, or series.

Early I posted about trying to be organized. Jodi, over at clutter-free classroom, does such a great job at decorating and organizing her classroom and materials. I love to "borrow" her great ideas. This is the before and after picture on her site:

I used the labels provided for free to do my homework boxes, but I did my own labels for my subject boxes. I really like the way they came out.

This year I am going to use the clip chart system. I have been hearing great things about it and it seems simple enough to implement and maintain. I really like that students can move up no matter where they are. ( I am still missing the clothespins.) I got the labels from another site, but I can't remember from where. If you know, please let me know so I can give them credit.

This is the beginning of my college bound board. It will be interactive and constantly changing as we learn about a variety of colleges and universities.  I will add more photos about this bulletin as the year progresses.

This is the one bulletin that is up and running from day one. My calendar board is a critical and integral part of our math block. I have to change some items tomorrow morning to align to CCSS.

Wow! It was never my intention to be so wordy, but I hope this helps.



By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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