I got up early this morning to go to work, and I got my room finished today. I worked from 10:30 to 7:45 yesterday, and I worked from 9:00-7:30 today. One of my friends came to help me out today. She did a lot of my piddly work like scraping labels off desks, putting labels on desks, and punching out bulletin board letters.
Here's what my room looked like yesterday when I started.
Congratulations on finishing your room. It looks wonderful! I am so jealous - the electricity is out at my school due to construction. I hope to get back in there tomorrow. Or at least by Monday....surely it will be back on by then.
Your room looks great. I wish I had that large of a room and we have no individual supply closet. I can't get into my room for atleast another week. I had to change rooms and grades so I have alot to do in a short period of time. I will have about 1 week to get my room ready. Yikes!! I think I will have some long days and there will be no air.
Your room looks great! What do you have written on the pockets of the Student Responders pocket chart? I just had a Promethean board installed and will be getting Active Expressions, so I am looking for tips on how to manage these. Any information you can share will be much appreciated!
I have an extra desk in my room that I call my "Take 5" desk. When a kid needs to "Take 5" for behavior, that's where they go. Kids are also allowed to use this desk when they feel they need a break from their groups, so it's not necessarily a punishment. Maybe you could do something similar?
Room looks great Ima! One of the most inviting middle school rooms I have seen. I am getting a PROM board this year. Do you like yours? I have had the training already but am worried about the time it takes to create the flip charts. Do you make your own or use Prom Planet? Lastly, where did you get the poster set of "When you come in and Before you leave" where you fill in expectations? I have seen them somewhere but cannot remember where. TIA.
Good luck this year. We start back the 18th of August and kiddos on the 25th so we cannot even go in to set up yet.
Congratulations on a job well done. Your room is fabulous! l LOVE your spinning book rack. Where did you find it? I have been searching for a "cheap" one without any luck. Someday I might splurge for one. They are such space savers. Great job! Thanks for sharing.
How did you get the curtains to stay on the tables and bookshelves to hide your materials? I'd like to do that on my two computer tables. I used Command hooks and shower curtains last year to hide the books on my bookshelf, but I like the curtai idea even better. Thanks for your great ideas, and I appreciate that you posted pics. It inspires me to get a move on in my own classroom!!!!
Ima, your classroom looks awesome but that's no surprise! I love the fabric you chose...it's colorful but not too busy. I also love the whole color scheme of the classroom. I think it's such an amazing middle school class and your kids must love it! They're very lucky to have such a creative teacher.
Are those the turquoise baskets from really good stuff? Do you like them? I'm thinking of splurging and buying them, they seem pretty rugged for the students to use daily. Thanks for sharing your room!
I am getting a PROM board this year. Do you like yours? I have had the training already but am worried about the time it takes to create the flip charts. Do you make your own or use Prom Planet?
My board is a SmartBoard, so it uses Notebook files. I usually make my own. I had a lot of things in PowerPoint, and they convert easily. I recently went back to PowerPoint because of instability in the Notebook program. I lost a lot of stuff.
I love my board! I think this is my 5th year with one. I had the first in the building, and now our entire school has them.
I was wondering what the sign to the right of SLANT says.
I can't see it, and I have blocked it out from my memory, apparently. Is it the yellow one or the other blue one?
What is CHAMPS?
It's a classroom management system by Randy Sprick.
Have you used this seating arrangement before? What's the best part about it?
I've had something similar for a good 15 years. I think the kids hear each other better, and I also teach from both ends of the classroom. The short rows also allow me to be near everybody really easily. Nobody can "hide" in the back of a long row.
Are those the turquoise baskets from really good stuff? Do you like them?
This will be the first year I've used them. Last spring when the principal sent out the "we have extra money, so order now" call, I made an order from Really Good Stuff. I've been to cheap to buy the baskets myself. They seem sturdy.
What a fanulous room! Middle school rooms can still be decorated! Thank you so much for sharing! We can't even get into our school yet. Major changes happening, so my entire classroom is in boxes in my garage. I'm so jealous!
in your classroom. Thanks for letting us know where you got the writing bulletin board posters. I am teaching 4th grade this year and it is a BIG year for writing here in FL! Now I can't wait to start setting up my classroom. We have 3wks until we have to start and 4wks b4 the kiddos start the school year.
Ok - all I want to know is WHAT STATE DO YOU LIVE IN? Your classroom is AMAZING!!!
You did an awesome job - and I can't believe it only took you ONE entire day! But what is also blowing me away is that fact that it is SO large, clean, new, and you have all the latest TECH stuff - Smartboard AND the clickers!!!!!
It's really FABULOUS!!! :-)