Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My classroom!

Okay.... we started back to school and I've been soooo busy!!!! Shocker, right?? Haha! I'm LOVING my new job! I can't wait until Open House tomorrow!! I have pictures to show you, so I hope that makes up for my lack of blogging. Bear with me as I get used to this crazy awesome new lifestyle :)
 Here are my class rules, mailboxes, an edge of the word wall, and folder bins! ...And an empty picture frame... I should probably fix that! The labels on the folder bins are actually laminated name tags :)
A Precious Class! 
This is my whole class reward system! I'll add pearls for great whole-class behavior, and when they get 20 pearls, I'll treat them to something special! 

Pencil Pockets!!
Okay so I saw this great idea on Pinterest to re-use toilet paper rolls! I decided to do this and use it for my pencil system. Here's my pencil system, if anyone is interested. Time will tell if it works!! Students will have 4 pencils at a time in their pocket. They will get 2 sharp ones in the morning, and they can exchange as needed througout the day. At the end of the day, they makes sure all their pencils are in their pockets. Then, I'll sharpen everyone's before the next morning. I am trying this for 2 reasons
1) I can't stand kids getting up to sharpen pencils all day!
2) I don't want kids to use my electric pencil sharpener, because well, they don't last as long!
I'll keep ya posted on how it goes. I would LOVE to hear your pencil management ideas.

 My lovely cart from the teacher store! The bigger blue drawers are for each day of the week. 
I just haven't got them labeled yet!
I "made" the "Notes" board by hot gluing laminated letters on a magnetic dry-erase tile. 
Those dots are magents :) Oh, and another empty picture frame, haha. But isn't it cute?! 

 Book cabinet with genre posters!! 
The two bins on the side of the cabinet say "Return Books Here" and "Book Doctor" 
 Don't you love the "Let your light shine" piece?!? I do!!
 Front Folders!
To prevent papers from getting shoved into the black hole, I mean desk, never to be seen again!

Does this look familiar :) Read my previous post if not!!

Just a view from the back. I almost didn't post this because it doesn't give any tips, but I wanted you all to see my hanging fish way up there in the left corner!! They are so fun :)

Well wish me luck at Open House!! Woohoo!!


  1. Your room looks good! I hope you have a great Open House!

  2. Just a quick question. I like to put my students in groups, but really like the folder on the front of the desk for unfinished work idea. How has that worked for you so far this year? Are the folders still functional now that half the year is over. I also teach 2nd grade. Also, how do your students access their folders when you put their desks in group arrangements?

    My students put their names on their pencils with a sharpie I keep in the "needs sharpening" bucket on my desk. I have a second bucket right next to it labeled "sharpened" where I put the pencils I have sharpened. I sharpen pencils at the end of the day and if I have time, during planning. I keep extra pencils in the bucket with my last name on them for students who do not have pencils that need one. So far this has worked great with my students. I am very limited on space but really like your pencil management system.

    1. So, you can put these folders on the side of the desk!
      Then they would be able to check the folder, and access them maybe even a little better!

  3. Hi there,
    I'm your newest follower and so glad I found you. I also put folders on their desk like you for their unfinished work. Great blog!
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  4. Hi!! I love your blog. I am your newest follower. I would love to have you come visit my blog.


  5. Love these ideas! How do you attach the folders to the front of their desks so they don't fall off?

  6. I'm going to try the tissue roll pencil holder and the folders on the desk. How did you keep them stuck to the desk.I’m your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you get a chance. Calling Plays in 2nd Grade.


  7. I love your folder idea! Mine will have to go on the side bc I do groups of four kids do I can do cooperative learning. What did you use to attach them to the desk and did they hold up well?? I also love that the name tag goes on the folder and not the desk. Kids picking at their name tag is one of my biggest pet peeves!!

  8. I too hate how they pick at their name tags! Love the idea of having them on the folders. Can you tell a little more about the folders? Do you have the sides taped or stapled shut? How do you attach them to the desks so they stay on all year? Thanks! Looking forward to giving this a try!

  9. So I'm totally doing the folder idea and the book doctor bin. Loves those two! Thanks sooo much.

  10. Thanks for the comments everyone! As you can see, I totally stopped blogging during school... it was just too much! Anyway, to answer your questions:
    - Yes, the folders held up ALL year. The trick is to laminate them open, trim the laminations, then staple the sides toegther. The only maintenence I had to do on them was re-staple the sides for about 4 students.
    - I attached them to desks using2 strips of clear packing tape. Tape down into the folder and curve up over the edge of the desk with each strip, if that makes sense.... Some kids picked at it, but it was so easy to replace that I didn't care. Because it's clear though, it was less distracting and only about 7 out of 24 kids picked.
    - I agree with the reply who said to hang folders on the side! That's a great idea for grouping!

  11. GREAT IDEAS!! I'm your newest follower! SMILES AND STOP BY ANYTIME!

  12. Like the Place value chart to the left of your cabinet. Please tell me where you got it? Thanks