Friday, August 24, 2012

Classroom Reveal...FINALLY!


It seems like I have been working on my room all summer! BUT I've finally finished getting it all together. I love the way it turned out and I have to admit, I got a lot of inspiration from all my blogger friends! THANKS! Alright, I'm off to bed!

View from the door

My small group table.

Close up of my owl table markers. (from Pinterest!)

My word wall.

Classroom library.

My desk area.

My new and improved desk.

Also another Pinterest find. LOVE my filing cabinet!

Love my owl I painted on the wall.

My rules and expectations.

Saw this little guy on Pinterest. I think he turned out great!

This is my behavior/rewards system that I created. It's hard to see up close, but all the stops on the Eagleopoly board (our school mascot is Eagles) are places around the school. For example Mr. McCall's office (principal), Basketball arena, mini theater, Coach T's class. Here are the rules to how the game is played.

A fun spot for kids to work.


Friday, August 10, 2012

A Teacher's Fashion Linky!

Jessica over at From Blood to Books is hosting a Teacher Fashion Linky Party.

Here are the guidelines...

1. Tell your favorite store(s) that you like to get your "teacher's fashion".

2. What are some of your favorite accessories?

3. What type of shoes do you teach in?

4. Do you have a "go-to" item in your closet?

5. Have you ever had a fashion "uh-oh" at school?

Sounds like fun, so here we go!

1. Favorite stores - I love Ann Taylor and Loft. I also get a lot of cute things from Kohl's. My favorite store has to be Cavendars!!!

2. I'm not big on jewelry because it always seems to get in the way at work, but when I do wear jewelry, I like simple, small earrings and cute blingy necklaces.

3. I LOVE shoes and wear anything from heels, flip-flops (we can only wear flip-flops of a "dressy nature") and my cowboy boots! However, most people will usually find me barefoot in class while teaching. I do have a pair of comfy shoes that I keep in my room in case of sore feet and if I need to run somewhere. :)

4. Go to item?? Hmmm, let's see. I guess it would have to be a black cardigan. I hate being cold! Sounds like a lot of teachers teach in cold classrooms.

5. I have definitely had a fashion uh-oh! Like I said earlier I love my cowboy boots. I'm that girl who wears them with everything - jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts. Well on our first day back from Christmas break I was so excited to wear my new boots I got for Christmas. I have 4 kids at home and of course, getting back into the school morning routine was difficult that morning. We were running late, so I threw on my new boots and rushed everyone out the door. Right before lunch (after I had been all over the school that morning, registering my step-son for school (he moved in with us over the break)I sat down and finally admired my cute, new boots - only to realize this:

It's hard to tell from the picture, but I have on one black and grey boot and one brown and turquoise boot!! The are the exact same brand and style, just different colors. Needless to say, I now turn on the closet light when putting shoes on!! No one said anything to me, so makes me wonder, did they not notice? or were they just being nice? Lucky for me my husband was at home and brought me a matching boot.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It

Today has been an exhausting day! I have 2 kids in high school and their fall activities started today. My daughter ran crosscountry at 9, had cheer at 10:45 and then ran to band at 12. My son had football from 1-3! We decided to celebrate a hard day of back to "school" by spending the rest of the afternoon at the pool. Needless to say, by the time we got home at 7:30 we were beat! I guess you can say our summer of leisure has officially ended! :(

My friend found this ADORABLE owl on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one for my classroom.


Here are my cute little guys! I love them and can't wait to get them hung up in my classroom!

I haven't been doing just cutesy stuff for the new year. I've also been working on a way to organize and display the workstation rotation. My team members and I put this plan together this summer and made these cute displays. (For JH teachers, using a pocket chart is a new phenomenon for us! lol) Anyway, we are all very proud of them!

The top number is the group and along the side (you can't see them in the pic) is for the class period. When I get my roster, I will write student names on the colored cards. At first I wanted to make each group a different color. For example Group 1 would be blue, Group 2 orange and so forth...but decided each different class period should be the same color so I could switch kids to different groups based on daily assessments.

At the bottom it shows where each group will go everyday. They will rotate thru 2 possibly 3 groups each day. We didn't show each rotation for the day, because we figured the kids were old enough to be able to understand the rotation. They will have a chance to go back and visit each station at the end of the week to finish up anything they did not get done earlier.

Whew, got it in on Monday...with 30 minutes to spare!

I'll leave you with my kitten Pixie, helping me cut out quotes with my Cricut. She's a great helper. Ok, maybe not that great - she kept attacking the machine! LOL