Wednesday, September 2, 2015

@2getherwearebetter SEPTEMBER- Classroom Reveal




Happy September! I LOVE my room this year. I just adore it, and I have been not so patiently waiting for this amazing opportunity to share my entire room with you!

Are you ready?

Let's first take a look at what my room looked like in July. It was yellow and blue. This was actually my room 5 years ago when I started my teaching adventure in second grade. I spent two years in this room before moving out to a portable (which was amazing).



When I found out that I was moving back into this room, I wanted to make some major changes. I knew I would have several of my previous second graders in my fifth grade class this year, and I wanted the entire experience to be different for them. New last name, new grade level, same room but NEW feel.


Welcome to the new room! I will let the pictures do the explaining.

This is the view when you first walk in. 



This is the view from the back of my room.


Our reading library----SWOON! :) 


This is our classroom reading library. It is one of our favorite spaces in the room. I love how it is completely student friendly. :) The books on the shelves are chapter books. We are constantly growing our collection. I cannot wait until we outgrow these shelves, and I have to buy more!


I love our #whattheteacherread board! This is where I will update what books I am exploring. The kiddos love seeing what I am reading, and it is a great way to strike up conversation about what they are reading as well!

By the way...are you participating the the Global Read Aloud? If yes..WAY COOL! If you don't know what I am talking about then YOU SHOULD. Check it out!



I wish that this big AC unit was not so gigantic, BUT it works and it is magnetic. That has to count for something! :) 


This area is one of the spaces that is a MAJOR improvement from my first time in this room. Before, the student cubbies(the kiddos call them "bat caves".....no idea why) were a mess and the back cabinet area was a place for me to store junk. Now, it is organized and free of clutter!
Keeping myself organized as well as keeping counter and table spaces free is one of my major goals this year. We are a month in to school and so far I am keeping my goal!








The kiddos and I have embraced our dream of being "one" #readingtribe this year. This chalk board is a space for us to track our #bookaday as well as share pictures books and other reading resources with each other. Big kids love reading picture books to0 so this is the spot in the room designated to those beautiful literacy pieces.



This is the best picture that I have of the front of my room. The far left bulletin board has nothing on it because I have my big maps of the US and globe pulled down over it 99% of the time. 
The right bulletin board is where I hang the anchor chart at during the middle of the lesson. 


Hands down...THE BEST PART OF THE ROOM! Yes, it deserves cap locks. This wall is our reading graffiti wall. I totally stole the idea from Stacey, my spirit animal, over at Literacy for Big Kids. I will post more about this wall soon. 



This is the view of our room if you head out into the hallway. 



Interior design is NOT my forte. I don't have a knack for decorating, and I have to force myself to stay organized. However, I set some non-negotiables for myself when I went to organize the space above.

*The room needed to feel "mature"
*No bright colors
*No clutter on walls
*Little to no lamination on walls
*Lots of free space

I am obsessed with our room, and I love how the space came together. Thank you for letting me share our room with you!






7 comments:

  1. Your room looks great! What is reading tribe? Where did you find your rug?

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  2. Wow. Just...WOW! It looks fantastic!

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  3. I LOVE so much about your room! We are starting Fish in a Tree next week - can't wait! LOVE the reading graffiti wall. I am hoping to add one soon!

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  4. Your room is gorge! I love your wall for the book quotes, library is beautiful and it's so funny how the kids call the cubbies the bat caves! How I adore intermediate kiddos! Luckily I'm on recess duty with our fourth and fifth grade, so I get a fix every day! :-)

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  5. I love how calming your room appears! It seems perfect for 5th graders!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  6. I love your polka dot rug and how you tried to create natural lighting. I also love the quartile (is that what it's called?) pattern on your curtains. Curtains or window decor is going to be my next big hurdle!!!

    -Jess aka

    The Whimsical Teacher

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