- I really regret not taking more pictures of my first class ever last year, so I’m planning on using That’s So Second Grade’s “Snapshots of Our Year” Classroom Timeline to create a designated spot for me to fill with classroom memories. I’m going to encourage my students to use our classroom iPad cameras, too!
- I always love planner-shopping. You’d think I’d have an Erin Condren planner by now with my level of planner-obsession, but I actually like a planner without many bells & whistles. I found one I loved at Walmart that actually has Wizard of Oz-like poppies on it!
- I use both the school laminator and my own personal laminators. Yes, I have two. One for my classroom at school (you know, for when I have to laminate something that very second) and one for home. I found generic laminating sheets that I love and work really well on Amazon (these, if you’re interested) and can buy a box of 100 for under $10 (monitor the price!).
If there’s anything I wouldn’t change about my first year in the classroom, it’d be my sometimes epic failures in the areas of classroom management. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been hesitant to gleefully admit defeat in this area. However, after some careful reflection in this area (and re-reading some blog posts on this very topic from some of my favorite teachers, such as this one from The Meek Moose), I’m fine with it.
It’s been almost a year (YIKES!) since I participated in a Monday Made It. This one is of the “makeover” variety, as I made over my blog, my Facebook page, and my logo for my TPT store. It took a lot of staring at my computer screen between nursing sessions, but I finished it (and I think it looks pretty neato, if I do say so myself).
I’m going to have a focus area in the classroom to display all of the moments that allowed kiddos to join the “Thomas Edison Club” — where hardwork and determination yields successful “lightbulb moments”! Of course I’ll have to explain who Thomas Edison was and what he invented first… but that’s part of the fun!
|*sigh* These colors make me happy.|
|I still can’t believe I have a classroom.|
|You knew it was going to be Oz-related, right?|
|Clear plastic pencil pouch, blank color-coded cards, A-Z dividers, and trading card protectors.|
|Smaller versions of the word wall headers are on each divider to create a visual link.|
|Front of the cards; note the color-coding for content areas.|
|Back of the cards, with a visual or example.
This can be expanded to include a definition, a sentence, etc.
|These are the blank mobile word wall cards for student use.
There are matching larger cards for the full-sized word wall.