Monday, October 26

Classroom Tour

Ok, so I may be the last person on the planet to get my classroom tour blog post up, but hopefully there are still some good ideas and inspiration to be had.

This is my teacher area.  I changed it up a bit this year by getting rid of my clunky teacher desk (that I honestly could not lift or move by myself) and got this classy IKEA table to use instead.  It's lightweight, big enough to keep supplies on, and just so darn pretty. ;)

A closer look at my desk...

I thought about clearing off all the junk and making it look super Pinterest-worthy, but you know what? Ain't nobody got time fo' that.  This is what it looks like 99% of the time anyway, so I might as well be real about it.  Here's a closer look at the storage in this area...

The tubs are my monthly book tubs for kids to peruse if they're done with their snack early or if we have a random 5-10 minutes in our day.  I use the mailboxes to prep my stuff for the week, and the roller bin is where I am now keeping all of the junk that used to be in my desk.  In my defense, I did get rid of a lot of stuff from it, but there are just some things (like tampons and good chocolate) that a girl's gotta have a private spot for amiright?

Next to my desk is my tech table that holds my doc cam and the desktop computer that I was supposed to get rid of at the end of last year but then never did.  The small drawers are where I keep frequently used math materials like unifix cubes, a rekenrek, a number chart, and subitizing cards.  They are great for warm ups or for those times when we have a few extra minutes at the end of class.

Next to my tech table are where I keep my clipboards and KleenSlate whiteboards.  I shared about that awesome find in an earlier post, but I just gotta tell you, I introduced these to my kiddos a few weeks ago, and they went B.A.N.A.N.A.S. bananas.  They are definitely going to be an important part of our classroom this year.

The clipboards and KleenSlate boards are kept right up front next to my Smartboard and carpet area so that I can hand them out or kids can grab them quickly at the start of a lesson.  I also keep my "I Can" statements up front, as well as my schedule cards (above the Smartboard...still have to get the afternoon schedule up there...#oops) and my large stuffed orangutan, Harry.  It was a $5 garage sale find by my parents several years ago, and the kids just love him.  His arms wrap around them like a giant hug. :)

Also, you see those non-existent and/or crooked math tool labels?  I would love to say they fell off over the summer, but they've been that way for over a year.  #justkeepingitreal

Next to the math tools are my math bin shelves.  I really need to get on the ball and do an updated post about how I run my math workshop (an older version of my workshop routine can be found here) because I made some changes this past year that I'm really happy with.

One of my favorite areas of my room is my math book area.  The kiddos love to sit on the couch or bench and read! :)

A new area in my classroom this year is my phonics centers area.  I am still working out how I want this area to look, but the bookcase from Ikea is definitely an awesome addition!

Moving along to my computer area and math bulletin boards.  This is where I'm hanging our anchor charts for math workshop.  I got the fabric from a craft store a few years ago and love how it looks!

In the back of my room, I have my word wall, iPad storage area (the teal book bins, which were empty at the time, but now hold our iPads), and some storage.

I keep my math centers organized by standard in this tall bookcase.  My Ready, Set, Math centers were so helpful last year and are already getting put to good use this year as well! I am excited to introduce more of them next week!

One last area I want to show is my guided math area.  I keep the rolley drawers filled with common supplies that I use during guided math, and I keep my larger math stuff behind the fabric on the bookshelf.  It keeps things looking visually appealing while still allowing me to be a bit of a hoarder! ;)

I hope you've enjoyed this peek inside my home away from home.  I know I always love to see other teachers' classrooms!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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