Classroom Views and a FREEBIE
I WILL NOT be intruding on his territory.
I have absolutely ZERO talent in making videos.
And here you are, about to suffer through that lack of talent.
Last week was our first week of school. There are still a few changes I have scheduled for my room – but obviously I haven’t been in a hurry to “get ‘er done”… because I haven’t.
Anyhoo…. grab your Dramamine and earplugs and click play.
Here are some photos – which are way easier to take a look at.
This is what my new 30
sardines little people crammed into one room look like. I’m pretty much in love with them. They are so sweet, so cute, no criers, no fit thrower, no naysayers, no attitude takers – just a bunch of sweeties. I’m a happy teacher.
Although I can staple into every wall, classroom wall “real estate” is still limited. I didn’t want a birthday chart to take up a bunch of room. So I reduced to this little cutie. It is so easy to change each year. All I do is print out a new list of names for each month and slip those little pieces of paper under the correct month.
I used to have all sorts of jobs. This, again, was in BT times. Now, to make it mathematically easy, I have 3 jobs. Each hook holds 10 names. Each week, I change the name. After 10 rotations, I rotate the whole stack of cards to the next hook. Everyone has a chance to do each job. Each job is actually several jobs wrapped into one.
- MESSENGER: Takes the attendance and other papers to the office, delivers papers or whatever to other classrooms/teachers and is the “Pointer” for our sight word and sound practice each morning.
- JANITOR: Ensures that students have cleaned up their area before tapping them to go to recess. Selects 2 students each afternoon to help them empty the trash into a larger trash can in our center pod.
- LINE LEADER: Line leader for everything except lunchtime because we have to be in alphabetical order when we go to lunch. Paper passer, “office manager” when I need assistance.
We’ve used these all week long. With all the one-to-one reading assessments that I did with my kiddos, the rest of my firsties needed that visual reminder not to interrupt.
Ok – first of all – I LOVE Monsters, Inc. That quote on there is powerful and accurate and I love it! This little decoration is actually used for music behavior management… see Kristin’s post about this if you’ve never used this technique before. I work mine a little different than she does. My “music box” isn’t actually a box and once it starts, it doesn’t shut off. So, when I wind it up and my kiddos hear this music they know to be completely silent during the duration of the song – which is a few minutes long. I use this to give myself a little peace and quiet, as a gentle reminder to the kiddos, and to distract my talkative kids and lull them into a more work-centric mindset. It is in perfect condition because it sits up in my high windowsill where I can barely reach it. Cute AND useful… Fabulous little effective classroom decoration.
This is not my room. It’s the room of one my team teachers. She and I have worked together and been friends for 17 years. Her room is bee themed and adorable. This is what she did with the Bumble Number Line pack. I think it looks so cute.
That picture up in the top right is how she has labeled her “student squares” in her room. She is teaching 2nd grade this year and decided she didn’t want to do themed bulletin boards like we do in first. Instead she has sectioned off 30 squares in her room – one per student. She put my labels up to label the square and a photo of each child wearing bee antennas. HOW CUTE IS THAT?!
The bottom photo is a closeup of my cubbies. I use those same cards to label my kids’ cubbies. Quick, simple and easy.
The cards are great for all sorts of other things:
- My bee classroom friend also uses those same labels as desk nameplates for her kids. They are much smaller than the usual nameplates and are really only there to help subs and classroom visitors as her second graders no longer need to be shown how to spell their names since they are masters of that skill after first grade :)! She attached the names to the top corners of her students desks.
- Printed on heavy card stock and laminated, they are perfect to use as “random cards” to call on students.
- Job names and/or labels.
- Read the room classroom labels.
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So there you have it… a glimpse into my room. Sorry for the nausea.
I’ll be back with a giveaway for all of you wonderful peeps soon!
Yay for 3-day weekends, right?! There are no words for the level of first week back at school exhaustion.