Sunday, August 25, 2013

BOY exhaustion.... (&Classroom Tour!)

Well my fellow teachers....
I will tell you my excuse (but I'm sure you heard it a million times...) I have been MIA for almost a MONTH. I can't believe it. I'm so disappointed in myself!!
But... I also can't believe that we are 3 weeks into the school year!! Holy Moly! Where has the time gone!!

I have 29 wonderful second graders... (29!!!!) I'm running out of chairs. Seriously. They keep sending me new kids... I have 30 chairs. (And that's after I begged maintenance to bring me 6 more before the start of school!!) Yikes.

Anyways, My room doesn't look anything like these pictures anymore, but I thought I'd show what it did look like at Meet the Teacher Night.  :)

WELCOME!! :) (I love this...)

This is my finished objective board and date flip charts. I LOVE this part of my room. 

Here's a view of the front of my room (The Powerpoint was going from Meet the Teacher Night...)

This is the other side of the white board. That is the front door to my classroom in the corner.


 This is the start of my "Positive Thoughts Wall" from Hope King's Desire to Inspire!!

Right next to my door (this is totally different now)

My library! I have moved these shelves too now... 

The back corner of my room looking from the doorway (computer and writing station on that back counter top)

The back cupboards have my word wall, and my book boxes live on the counter with the sink.

This is my listening center (view straight in from the door)

My Teacher area. :) I kept my teacher desk and I just put my swivel chair in between so I have access to all that workspace. So far I like it, but I haven't started small groups yet... I'll keep you posted! :)

Carpet area! I love my rocking chair!! The school bought us rugs and easels this year to really push a balanced literacy block in K-3. I LOVE it. I use the easel ALLLLLLL the time.

view towards the door.

These were my cute little donation apples for Open House. We're not allowed to really ask for school supplies from students, so we can ask for donations. These were some extra donation apples, "Pick an apple if you can donate to our room!" Like a giving tree! This was after they'd been picked over halfway through Open House. :)

Word Wall and Book Boxes again.

Writing Center

Listening Center

Classroom Norms Banner. 
(This was all over Pinterest... I had it printed on a banner with VistaPrint! My kids LOVE it!!)




Ta Da!! If you made it through those million pictures I applaud you! I made some Kagan strategy student numbers this weekend and put them on TPT--the first two to comment with your email get them FREE! :)


Anyways... now I'm off to finish up sub plans... (I have an all day literacy training tomorrow.... district wide K-3... yippee!!) I really just wish I could go hang out with my kids... we gotta practice expanded notation!! mannnn...

Good Luck to those of you starting this week! (or those of you like me who are in week 4 already!!)


3 comments:

MS. OCD said...

I hear you on the exhaustion! Your book boxes are sooooo pretty!

Jamie knefely said...

Your room looks good. Looks like you are all ready to go. I know what you mean about exhaustion. The first few weeks are rough.

Jamie
teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

Angie Olson said...

Hi Kaitlyn! I would have to agree...Second is the BEST! I, too, am a 2nd grade teacher and found your blog when I was visiting Caffeine and Lesson Plans' blog. I am your newest follower and look forward to reading more about what you do in your classroom!

Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

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