I don't know about you, but it has been a whirlwind since school started on September 3rd. Thursday night was Back to School Night, and since I had my room all spiffied up (again), I thought I would take my classroom reveal shots. I have used quite a few strategies and decorating schemes that I originally found on Blogs. I am not sure where I found most of these ideas, but you will notice some chevron fabric which I LOVE and the NOISE sign.
This is the area behind my desk. I love my letters lamp that I got from Kohl's a couple years ago, even though the plug behind it is an eye-sore. I also have my Read Chart here. I made it this year, instead of buying it, to save a buck. I think it turned out perfectly. You can almost see one of the lines already has twenty stickers...that student read all those books this summer! I count their yearly reading from June-May, so that they can have an accurate total of how many books they read in a year. Here are some other fun things- an electronic hole puncher, which was a birthday gift from my husband a few years ago, a Jack Russell Terrier calendar in honor of my pup, and my stuffed animal corner with my favorite...BEES. Under my Work Expectations poster you can also (sort of) see a collage and birthday card that a student made for me. She made numerous copies of my picture from the yearbook and collaged it with pictures of Beyonce, because we share a birthday. Isn't that fun; I feel so loved!
This is my sideboard. It is right across from the bulletin board that you just saw. You can see that I had some fun with clothespins. My NOISE sign I made with clothespins and ribbon because I thought it would be easier to turn the letter around. I have only had to turn letters three times so far. Hopefully this trend continues! At the top of the board are comma posters that I made. Even though they are a little hard to read from students' seats, they are still a good reference. You can also see the film photo frame. Inside, I have put pictures of my advisees and their interests. Two of my purchases from VistaPrint are also displayed on this board: Absent Postcards and Agenda Magnet. To read more about my VistaPrint finds check out this previous post.
I also decided to do jobs this year. Here is a close up of my signs. I use Rick Morris' student number concept, so that is why the clothes pins have numbers, not names. This will make for a more seamless start to next year. Other than adding a few clothespins to account for a different number of students in each class, they will already be made. And a quick shout out to my wonderful mom and sister who helped me color 60 clothespins :)
I also used clothespins for my passes. How simple and less germy for sure.
For the front of my room, I have decided to show before and after photos. I think that this is the most significant change I have made. I love the cohesion between the two chevron covered boards. I got the figurative language signs from TpT. Check them out here. All the other posters I have made.
These 6+1 Trait posters are in my TpT store. Also, don't miss my fancy hot pink pencil sharpener. So far it totally lives up to the hype!