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.
- printer ink
- lamination pouches
- and raisinets (seriously, why are they so delicious?!)
- cutting out all of the laminated bulletin board trim (It is taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r!)
- mock-ups of bulletin boards (I’m using my empty classroom photos + photoshop!)
- nameplates, labels, and other misc. organizational items
- my teacher organizer (I opted to make my own, even though I *really* wanted an Erin Condren planner!)
- long-rage thematic calendar (Themes! Oh, the themes!)
- first day of school activities (I’m already nervous!)
- classroom procedures + implementation w/modeling
- positive behavior rewards
- rough-planning of the first three weeks
- Daily Five
- The Next Step in Guided Reading
- Whole Brain Teaching
If anyone could share some good morning meeting resources, or talk about their experience with morning meeting, I would love that! Same goes for experiences with whole brain teaching and how you began implementing that in your classroom!
I’ll leave you with the graduation portrait that just came in of Mr. Plum and I! This was taken within a minute after we were handed our (empty) diplomas; I’m still a bit in shock this moment happened!
Then I looked at my room number. Y’all, before I even had a job, I knew what my classroom theme was going to be (Wizard of Oz). Therefore — as an affirmation — I started making “teachery” things in that theme, including binder covers. Well, I had to put in a room number in my formatting so that I could change it when I would get my real room number later.
I put room 108.
I’m going to pause here, because you probably know what’s coming.
I’m in room 108. For real. No jokes. My name is under room 108.
- I have a ton of resources. In the closet next to the cubbies are book bins. For each kid. I about fell over. Above the student cubbies? Tons of manipulatives and games. On the bookshelves? A classroom library of leveled books… including all of the Magic Treehouse books.
- I have a ton of storage. Tons. There isn’t going to be an issue organizing and storing my belongings and resources for the kiddos in a way that is accessible to us both. On the back wall, there is even this:
- I have plans for those bins. Big plans. With labels.
- I don’t want a “teacher desk.” I didn’t see one — even in the hallway — and even if I somehow missed it… I don’t want one. There’s a nice raised area at the computer station for adult-sized me, and I can store things that I don’t want my kiddos to access in the cabinets above it.
- There aren’t many bulletin boards or empty wall-space, so I’m going to have to get creative. The wall above the windows is something I have permission to paint and affix things to, so that could potentially be our word wall. We shall see — it’s going to be like putting a puzzle together, figuring out where all of our focus items should go.
- I’m not sure if I have a whiteboard. I thought it was a chalkboard, but I didn’t actually touch it. So… I guess I’ll have to figure that out the next time I’m in my room!
- The biggest realization? I felt at home. That room felt like home.