Thursday, July 28, 2011

MY very own 2nd grade classroom! :)

I am so excited to share with my blog teacher friends my completed classroom! In my last post I was super overwhelmed and just starting my crazy journey of transforming my room..and now I get to share it with you all!

It took me 5 days, 6 hours each day to finally finish it all...but once it was complete I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Our principal choses a school wide theme every year, Ours this year is "Oh the places you'll go" by Dr. Suess...and our school motto is a line from the book, "You're off to great places". SO I am warning you now, I went a little crazy with quotes from the book all over my room. But I figured the kids would love it!

Here is my room... :)

This is the front of my room...not everything was finished at this point but it's the best shot of the front I have.

My student work will go here! 
Team Work is for team points....My classroom helpers and then the "Today is your day" is my behavior management system. (Similar to the clip charts I've seen all over blogs, but I changed it a little)

The back of my room,  my reading wall and my ADORABLE banner from Parkers Prints. Go check her out! :)

My desk and bulletin boards

This is my finished room with a few labeled book bins. All of those other books were given to me by the previous teacher, I will one day have all of them in bins as well!

Math, Writing and Homeworkopoly!

Goodies on my desk...I painted my pencil jar at As you Wish and the adorable block sign is from one of my best friends!

Student supplies and easel..I'm still searching for the perfect place for my easel.

Larger shot of my room.

My DIBELS chart...very "Oh the places you go" :)

Calendar area

Well...thats all for now. I am SO excited to have my room finished and I cant wait to add the little extras I have before my kiddos come in just 11 days! :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Setting up shop

Oooh my, today was my first day cleaning out and setting up my classroom. I. AM. EXHAUSTED.
I first saw my room about a month ago, and the teacher that was moving out had yet to move his stuff I was thinking I would be walking into a much cleaner room today. Much to my surprise, I ended up spending 2 hours boxing up 6 boxes of his stuff that he hadn't moved out of my room. SO annoying.

The next 2 hours were spent cleaning and sorting through all of the 2nd grade supplies that the former teacher had left for me. I had no idea what a task that would be, I found so many duplicates of things that I now have no idea what to do with! I thought I might be able to clean and set up my room in about 2-3 days, looks like its going to be atleast the rest of this week if not longer! :(

Here are a few pictures of what I'm having to work with...
He left me most of that stuff to take down for him. And all of the stuff you see on the floor is what I am now having to sort through from the former teacher! 

Such a mess! You can see the huge task I have in front of me, these pictures are when I first saw it a month ago!