Room 10 Reveal
While we’ve been in school for over a month (yep, we started on August 6th), I am just now getting around to taking pictures off my camera and writing posts on what’s been going on. Shameful.
I thought I’d use this opportunity to show you around our little space in Room 10!
I started at my school last spring after taking 2 years off to work at a tech start-up (holla, Eventbrite!). When I got the position, my creative juice was in full… juicyness?… and I thought I would do my room in sock monkeys. I had dreams of presidential sock monkeys, sock monkeys doing math, sock monkeys blowing up things, red/white/brown EVERYTHING!
Then I went to actually look for the clip art and organizers and quickly realized that dream would have to wait for another decade. One where I could actually design what I wanted and find brown organizers that didn’t cost a Pottery-Barn-Arm-and-Leg.
What I DID find was lots of red and blue. I lived in a neighborhood that had 3-THREE!-Dollar Trees within a 15 minute radius. That spring, they carried a LOT of red and blue baskets. So my focus switched to a patriotic theme and began hitting each store up on Thursday afternoons right after their inventory truck unloaded. I am now known as the ‘basket lady’ at my school.
Going patriotic turned out to be a really good thing. There is always plenty of patriotic stuff on clearance after holidays, and I can late switch it up to superheros or some other red-and-blue theme pretty easily.
Without further delay, I give you our room.
I’m teaming with our school’s Spec Ed teacher this year-more to come on that later. Also, that bulletin board is now covered in parent announcements.
I couldn’t totally escape my sock monkeys. The students held the chalkboard up for first day pictures.
A whole-room collage. It’s always hard to capture the entire room, but basically-it’s not very big. We’re crammed in. It’s lined with bookshelves. And we sit at tables. 😉
Each table has a different color jar with flowers on it-it’s how we refer to the tables.
Our tables are whiteboard tables-you can read about them here. I got a new student last minute, which caused us to need another ‘table’ (I could only fit a double desk in), so I have to paint that with the whiteboard paint over fall break. I’m going to give the other tables a refresher coat at that time as well.
Last year I did desk nametags. This year, because we have the whiteboard tables, I put the nametags on the chairs. This also allows me to easily move students-they know their place at a table is less permanent and helps with behavior.
I made the poster on the door for my very first classroom-it’s a Shel Silverstein poem (come in! come in!). The stars are from Pier One’s Fourth of July decorations this past summer. The wreath was from Hobby Lobby this summer. It’s made out of curled wood chips.
This is our entry board, right next to the door. The prints are from Pinterest-just search for patriotic printables. The red basket is where students put ANYTHING that needs to be turned in-homework, parent notes, lunch money, etc. There are two red flower pots-one for dull pencils and one for sharp. The cupcake holder has red silicon cupcake shells. Each shell has a supply, such as paperclips or pencil eraser caps. The calendar is a wipe-off calendar that I have backed with colored paper.
This is the bookshelf by our door. I keep the staplers and tape high so the kids don’t waste it. I found the owl at Hobby Lobby in their fall decorations and couldn’t resist!
The spirals on this board are from the Dollar Tree and are held on by nails through their center. I use the clothpins to hang student work-usually vocab and spelling posters they make each week! The trunk holds our hats and props for reader’s theatre, and the colored bins hold handwriting packets and enrichment folders.
More books. Always more books. On top of the bookcase I have my Redcat, a speaker system so I don’t loose my voice like last year. The silk flowers and flag are staying put in a vase filled with Epsom salt.
This is our supply area. The red buckets hold things like markers, scissors, glue, etc. (we do community supplies as we have no desk storage). The laptop boxes hold math games-I need to label them with the topics. The tub on the right holds spelling center materials and the tub on the left holds books that don’t fit in our library.
I have windows that go down an entire length of my room, but could not find shelves in that length/height. So my husband and I built them! After a third visit to Home Depot, they were finally finished. I still need to finish off the edges with some white laminate tape-oops! Our room faces the back of the school, where the PE classes meet every day. We are often serenaded with rock music and classes workout!
My students sit at tables without storage space, so I keep all their notebooks and workbooks on cube bookshelves that border my own desk. The top of the shelves was also a storage spot the first week of school for supplies that hadn’t been passed out yet! 😉
My desk area is a constant battlefield: creativity vs. organization. To-do’s vs. dones. I use my personal laptop as my school computer so I can bring it home each night and work-this also allows me to have a dual monitor set-up. I also have an Elmo, although I’ve since moved it to the top of the cubed bookshelves so students can use it to show off their thinking.
I have a LOT of professional resource books. I keep them on these bookshelves behind my desk, as well as the short one next to my desk (previous picture). Behind the shelf doors are binders (on the left) and my lunch food/snacks (on the right).
I teach the Chemistry rotation for science, so this is our science board. Underneath are cubes with games, whiteboards, dictionaries and atlases. The brown cabinet holds our class set of netbooks we received through a grant, although half of them are on their last leg.
I want this to be our ELA board-it’s a work in progress. The map will be for students to mark where characters in their novels live. But that’s as far as I’ve gotten this year. The cube boxes hold our math supplies. We also have our levels of learning/Bloom’s Taxonomy definitions in this area.
This is in the front right area of the room. It’s all set up for the first day of school here, but usually it’s covered in stack of paper. The never ending paper that never ever seems to go away.
Close-up of our Bloom’s Taxonomy board.
Hanging these from our cathedrial ceilings was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I tied colored twine to each lantern and then stapled the twine into our foamy-paneled ceiling.
When I first got the job, my principal asked if there was anything I needed for the room (everything?? 😉 ). I asked for this mailbox system and LOVE it. It has enough slots for even my large classroom size, and some extras for each subject (math, science, etc.) where I can put extra copies of papers if students loose theirs. This is also where we have our agenda, our homework for the week (the weekdays were found on Teacher Pay Teacher) and our school library book return box. The purple files hold papers that need to be passed back to students.
And there you have it! Room 10 in pictures! If you want any of the signage you’ve seen above, simply click the links below!
Disney’s Creative Process (front board)
I’m Done! Board (front board)
Classroom Agenda Strips (front board)
Bloom’s Taxonomy Board
Classroom Library Labels
Patriotic Desk Nametags (used last year)
Hello! My Name Is… Nametags (used this year)