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2016-2017 Classroom Tour

Welcome to a new school year!! I love back to school time because that’s when I am able to start fresh. This year is a big change for me. I moved to a new city, I am teaching in a new school district, a new school, and even a new grade. It’s definitely going to be a learning curve, but I am excited for this new journey. With this new journey comes the first step… a new classroom. This is my classroom tour. This post will include pictures with links to everything I am using in my classroom as well as a video and the end. So grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy my classroom tour.

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Here it the inside of my door. It is ready for meet the teacher night. I went ahead and added my classroom wishlist to the door and parents are free to take any of the Polaroid tags with them if they choose to. I made the header and tags myself, but you can get the other wishlist items HERE.  My What Stuck with you Today? chart is something that I created as a fun way to assess my students. All you need are post-it notes. You can find my chart HERE.

IMG_6260I will be using Brag Tags in my classroom this year along with Class Dojo and PBIS. I plan on writing a post all about Brag Tags, but in the meantime, check out these amazing resources.

BRAG TAGS {Goodie Bag BUNDLE}

Brag Tags

BRAG TAGS BUNDLE (195 pages!)

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The front of my room is very colorful, but definitely very functional. I have my objectives, which you can find HERE. I also have my cursive alphabet, found HERE. IMG_6258One of my favorite parts of my classroom is my tree. I have always had a tree in my classroom. Usually I make it out of paper, but this year it’s legit! You will also see my supplies bursting at the seams (and this is BEFORE parents and students bring in their supplies). Later this section will be our intervention supplies.

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One of my favorite things to do each year is to have a section to display student work. I have been using a display like this for years. Since my room is full of bright colors, I love the touch that this rainbow display add to the class. When there is no student work on there, it is so colorful and when there is student word up there, it is a fun way for students to be proud of what they’ve done. To make a display like this, all you need is 12×12 scrapbook paper, staples, and clothespins.

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My classroom library this year has been a tricky part of my classroom. Unfortunately, I do not have my gorgeous bookshelves that I’ve had in the past. I plan on getting some of having my Dad help me make some, but for now most of my book are stored away by themes and months. My every day books are out for my students to read on this shelf though. I still have to label them, but at least they are ready for them to read now.

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I love displaying anchor charts on my content boards. I make sure to add a display area for them because once the school year starts I have a ton of anchor charts, but I always run out of places to display them. When I have a predetermined place for them, it makes displaying them so much easier. To create the display, all I do is staple ribbon to the board and attached the chart paper with clothes pins. Here are links to the resources found on this wall…

Mathematical Practices Posters {Editable}

Editable Math Clue Word Wall

Reading Comprehension Strategies and Skills Poster Set

Writing Center Starter Kit! {Printables}

What Do Writers Write Poster

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My word wall is definitely a focal point to our classroom. I used bright purple fabric to make it pop. I love using fabric and every time I’m at a school that allows me to use fabric I definitely do. I went ahead and created the word wall headings myself as well as used some Melonheadz to accent it. The headers for the letters can be found HERE. The grammar wall headings I created myself. 🙂

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I try to keep my teacher desk out of the way. Therefore it is tucked in the corner. I have always wanted to get rid of my teacher desk to allow for more room, but let’s be honest… most of my classroom is dedicated to my students. It’s nice to be able to have my own area to keep things that make me happy. So you will never find me creating a “teacher island” that takes up 1/4 of the classroom, you will find me with a place that I can call my own. You can find the clip chart that I use HERE and my teacher tool box labels HERE.

IMG_6252This is my storage and I feel very fortunate to have so much storage, even though I never feel like I have enough. This counter also adds to my work space. This is where you will find my weekly drawers that have been a huge time saver for me!!

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Classroom jobs are new to me… kind of. I have been teaching for 9 years and I haven’t done classroom jobs since my first year of teaching. Usually I just assign kids a certain job that they seem to be really good at and they are just that person for the entire year. With my school being a PBIS school, I wanted one of my incentives to be allowing the students to choose their own job every week. So far they are loving it and I am so glad that I decided to implement jobs again. You can find these jobs HERE.IMG_6262This is the last section of my classroom. Nothing exciting is going on here yet, but this is where we store out center buckets as well as hang our backpacks. I’ve never had backpack hooks and I am loving them. It’s such a space saver.

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Here is what my classroom looks like with my overhead lights off and my “mood lighting” on.

13882683_1976561209236979_5365424367399603207_nFinally, here is my hallway display. Each student has a clip and they are able to change it out weekly/monthly. The students LOVE the fact that they are able to change out their own work on their own and I love how quickly it makes changing out bulletin boards.

Finally, here is a video that shows you in detail what my classroom looks like…

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    Theresa Charley
    August 14, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Can you leave a direct link to the Learning in Wonderland Welcome Letter, cannot find it on her TpT site. THANKS!

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    nina
    August 21, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    thank you for all of your work inside an outside of the classroom. i am a teacher librarian in spain and i am getting lots of ideas from you. if you need pen pals for your students or for other teachers in your school — i have a few contacts in europe that would love to participate.

    have a fantastic new school year!
    nina

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      Jennifer
      August 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

      Right now I already have pen pals, but if my students can handle having more than one pen pal I will definitely keep you in mind. That would be fun.

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