This is the small bulletin board that hangs outside my classroom. Welcome!
Just a quick view across the room. There's no real theme other than
Here is the view looking into my room. My class library is along the back wall. One of my favorite things in this picture are the dots on my windows. They serve no purpose other than to be bright and make me smile. Below is a picture of the class library and the reading bulletin board above it.
Here is an up close view of our class calendar. The posters around it are all fun quotes I found on Pinterest. In fact, this is where I put the colored pencil flower vase I made, which was also Pinterest inspired.
This is the area where I meet with my small groups or individual students. Please ignore the mess behind it. I still need to get my files out and organize the shelves you see there. Behind this area, on the white board is my six-trait board. I used the term "Voices" to help remind the kids. Below is an up-close picture of it.
So, that's kind of it for now. There are still things to do and some things to still figure out how I want to do! But for now, I'm pretty much ready for Tuesday when my 24 friends arrive. As I "live" in this room and tweak, I will probably come back and do a couple of what-works-for-me-and-what-was-a-fail posts related to the set-up.
Did you notice the tennis balls on all the chairs? I really think this is a sanity saver, at least for me! Because I have baskets on the bottom of my chairs, they become fairly heavy once my friends load them up. This means when you move the chairs, they make an incredibly loud scraping noise. Now, multiply that by 24 friends who are constantly in and out of their chairs and you can imagine the noise. Not to mention, my classroom is on the second floor. When my friends all get up at the same time, in the class below us it suddenly sounds like a pack of screaming elephants has invaded the second floor.
The answer: TENNIS BALLS!
I purchased a lot of regular tennis balls on Ebay. Just do a search for tennis balls lot. You will need a lot! I have 24 desks, but I also put them on the chairs around my meeting tables and any other stray chair or stand I found. The balls themselves aren't too expensive, but just watch the shipping. Some sellers are very reasonable, and others are drinking some serious crazy juice!
Once you get them, you will have to cut a slit into each ball. It's time consuming, but well worth it. Be sure to have a very sharp serrated knife with a pointed end to first pierce the ball. Then, you just saw a quick cut. Don't cut it too big or it will fall off the chair leg. It should be a bit of a squeeze to put it on. And, wear safety gloves in case the knife slips. I purchased a pair of suede working gloves in the dollar store and more than once they saved me.
Finally, most teacher stores do sell precut tennis balls in sets of four. Last year, I ran short a few tennis balls. Rather than buy a big lot on Ebay, I just ran out and purchased a couple of packs of the precut balls. They were a total waste of money. They were a bit pricey, and they didn't last more than about five months. They just weren't as durable as the regular tennis balls. I can get about four years from a set of regular tennis balls. After four years, they do need replacing. But, five months was just ridiculous! So, while the regular tennis balls are more work, they are well worth the effort. Plus, the kids get a kick out of them when they first see them!