Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Classroom Pictures

Like a madwoman, I have been up at work for over a week attempting to assemble my classroom.  I switched classrooms....again (4th time in 2 years), so I'm getting pretty good at it!  There was a lot to clean out and I'm still organizing everything but it's getting there!  I wanted to share some pictures of my rock-n-roll themed classroom with you.  I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures.  My camera died and I had to use my phone!  Hopefully, I'll get better pictures soon!  Anyway, welcome!

This display is just as you enter my classroom! The set list will be the location for my picture schedule.  I'm going to place velcro dots on those trim pieces and change out my schedule daily.  I still have some de-cluttering to do in the shelves, but I'm close!  I love the Guitar Hero challenge (behavior board)!  I modified the clip chart system (see previous post) e-book and borrowed the guitar design from the Inspired Apple.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  There are six tuning knobs on the guitar but only five strings....small over-site!  I wonder how long before my second graders notice?
Here is my lunch board!  :)  The wonderful people from the Hard rock Cafe sent me this vinyl lithograph for my classroom! Isn't it awesome?  Each day my children move their lunch clips to the appropriate choice.  Like my picture schedule, I have images for all of our lunch choices and it ends the debate of "I didn't order that!"
This is my "Word Wall of Fame".  I have two shower curtains hiding the most ugly chalkboard and I've magnetized my pocket charts from Target.  I have the alphabet listed in sign language for my children, and I still have to put up all of our beginning words.  You can see the tired table I use for the computers.  Is it just me or is it sagging?  Hmmm....that may not be good.  My book caddy is in the lower right corner.  All second grade teachers have this in their rooms.  It's a nightmare, but I'm determined to organize it before school starts!  (Also, I know the pocket charts aren't spaced evenly, but it'll get done sometime!)
You can see the beginnings of my locker organization.  Each child has their book basket for the Daily 5.  There is simply no room for all of my children to be at the book caddy, so they will put their books here for Read to Self.  Joe Cool is hanging out in my room.  He is awesome.  I've had him for such a long time!  The birthday board is next.  I'm thinking of taking the students' pictures and displaying them instead of using cutouts.  I think it would be cute!
Are you super jealous of my question mark?  LOL!  I'm almost proud of it.  I drew the punctuation marks free-hand (duh..) and at least they're recognizable!  Our second grade classrooms all have these writing rules bulletin boards.  I'm not terribly jazzed about it but it's okay.  You have to rock the zebra trim though!
This will be our gathering area for reading mini-lessons.  I have bedazzled the top of the chart stand but I need more ribbon to do the bottom two legs!  Ooops!  You can see the storage boxes behind the chart stand.  This is where I keep the extra supplies for my students.  Each child has a drawer to hold extra crayons, notebooks, etc.  I've had them for years and it's worked out great!  The student of the day will sit with me on the footstools and be my helper during the mini-lessons.  Inside the cart, I have my beanie babies for reading comprehension and various other tools.
Here is the beginning of my focus wall for Scott Foresman Reading Street.  I love the "turn up the volume" plates at the top!  Cute find for Oriental Trading.  I will use the empty space at the top to display the reading strategies after we've mastered them. I'll attach the beanie babies up there too!
My zone.  Guided reading/math groups, my phone & printer, and all of my supplies.  Adult only area!  :)
The love of my educational life!  My Promethean board!  Aaaahhhhh!  Can't wait to get back to playing with this shiny toy!  Discipline issues are down and attendance is up!  Woohoo!  You have to teach children they way they learn...digitally!  The barstool will be covered soon in zebra print duct tape.  Can't wait for that!  The chalkboard will be covered too by fabric or another shower curtain and I don't think you can tell, but the rolling cart is in zebra print too!  It's just harder to see since the drawers are see through!

Well, there you go!  You're welcome anytime!


  1. Thank you so much for linking up! I love your baskets in your cubbies... what's in them?

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  2. Thank you! I got them at Dollar Tree a few years ago; love that store! My students use them for the Daily 5-Read to Self. Once a week (sometimes twice) my students go "shopping" in the book caddy for books that interest them. We also add paper books I create as resources and reading charts. They're empty now but soon they'll hold the keys to successful reading!

    The smaller basket is just to hold quick supplies. My school hands out pencils as if they were M&M's. If the kiddos keep all the pencils in their boxes, then they can't close the lid! :)

  3. It looks great, and I can tell that you've been very busy! I'd be thrilled if I drew a question mark and it looked as good as yours! You should be proud!

  4. Thank you for the kind words! Anytime I try to draw something free-hand, it usually ends up as "abstract" art! :) I was just so happy it was recognizable this time!

  5. I just had to share with you... I've been teaching 16 years (3th, 4th, 5th) and this is going to be my first in 2nd grade also!! I love the pictures of your room :)

  6. Thank you! We'll explore second grade together!

  7. I love your room. I'm moving to Third with my groups of Second Graders from last year, but will be back in Second next year.

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