Saturday, August 15, 2015

Classroom Reveal: 2015-2016

Woo! It's been a looooong two weeks for me, but my classroom is finally about done. My bulletin boards don't have any content, but that's the least of my worries. It's good enough for me at this point.

Warning: This post is photo heavy. And I've also included links to everything in my classroom because that's what I generally get the most questions about -- "Where did you get...?" Hopefully that helps! ;)

I got over my fear of my Silhouette Cameo and started cutting out vinyl for my classroom this year... I bought it before school started last year, but was clueless on how to even begin, so in the box it sat. One of my 6th grade teammates this year taught me how use the Cameo, and now I'm good to go.

I made this Melonheadz nerd for my door window. She's just the best.

Directly above my door is my Green Bay wall... I still need something else for the right side of the clock. ;)

Curtain: Target // Curtain Rod: Target // Curtain Clips: Target // Green Bay Swag: NFL Shop

I am not a monthly calendar {where you have to change the numbers/month title each month} type person...or a birthday chart person. I always buy a monthly desk calendar from Target and hang it on my wall by the door. I write tests, events, birthdays, etc. on this calendar and then the kids and parents can check it whenever they want. Much easier.

My charter is "entrepreneurial focused", so I have my entrepreneur signs by the door. My class mission statement {which is required at our school} will also go by the door once my class writes it together. Also, every Friday students nominate a classmate for Role Model of the Week. They love it. {More on that in another post.}

My whole "theme" this year is rainbow and chalkboard. Everyone is kind of like... "wha-?" ... because I've always been the chevron-obsessed teacher. Even students know me as the chevron teacher. I had to change it up. New classroom + new grade = new theme. Plus, I think this theme is so much easier to coordinate everything with. I am in love.

This new classroom could be the death of me though, as far as setting up desks. They may just stay this exact way the whole year. I tried...and tried...and tried. 27 is not a good number for desks...or groups. I had desk setup down to a science in my last room -- probably because I had been in there for three years.

I use black felt on my bulletin boards. I've had the same felt for the last three years. I love that it doesn't fade and you can't see the holes from hanging things up. Plus, it's much easier to hang than butcher paper, and you don't have to overlap it.

Borders: Creative Teaching Press -- Chalk It Up! Dotted Swirl Border & Painted Palette Rainbow Paint Chip Border // Subject Banners: Amy Groesbeck // Mini Clothespins // Twine // Command Hooks

Classroom Supply Labels: Maria Manore // Colored Drawers: Target

This year I am not hanging up a daily schedule that changes. I am so over that. It just doesn't work for me. Instead, I created signs to hang in the room. Good enough. ;)

Borders: Creative Teaching Press -- Chalk It Up! Dots on Chalkboard! White Border & Painted Palette Ombre Rainbow Scallops Border // Subject Banners: Amy Groesbeck // Mini Clothespins // Twine // Command Hooks // READ Strategy: Amy Groesbeck // Short Bookshelves: Walmart

My library has shrunk, quite a bit. I had to store two big totes of books that are too low for sixth grade. And since I'm obsessed with books, I'm sure I'll fill it all right back up.

Library Baskets: Really Good Stuff {square / medium rectangle / large rectangle} // Library Basket Label Holders: Really Good Stuff // Basket Labels: I made them, but I don't have the black ones in my store yet. // READ Letters: Tutorial on My Blog // Subject Banners: Amy Groesbeck // Mini Clothespins // Twine // Command Hooks // Tall Bookshelves: Target // Writing Center: Really Good Stuff // Stools: IKEA // Small Black Tables: IKEA

I have a librarian student job position in my classroom and two years ago one of my students came up with the idea of having library hours and an open/closed sign. Since my library was always by my whiteboard, it was just a sign that hung with a magnet. Now that my library is on the opposite side of the room from the whiteboard, I needed a new way to display the open/closed sign. One of my sweet girls that I have this year {and had two years ago...and her mom is the assistant principal at my school} came in to help me with my classroom this week and had this brilliant idea of just sticking the signs in the outside sleeves of a binder. That way, it stands up and is easy to display. #genius

Last year I had my students take the 40 Book Challenge. This year, we're going to go at it again. I made genre signs for the genres they have to read from so they can easily identify books. I've also put genre stickers inside the cover of every book. {That took a lifetime last year to accomplish, but I'm so glad I did!}

Love this sign. A student who I had two years ago painted it for me for my end of year gift. I have her again this year...she's so lucky! ;)

Shelving Unit: IKEA // Rainbow Drawers

3-Drawer Storage // 3-Drawer Labels: Ladybug's Teacher Files

White Cart: IKEA // Turquoise Cart: IKEA // Tall Bookshelves: Target // Mini Whiteboard Easels: Scholastic Reading Club {you have to use your bonus points to get them}

I made this with my Silhouette Cameo, too! All three 6th grade classes have this above their whiteboards. It's our grade level motto this year. I absolutely love it!

Class Hand Signals: My TpT Store // Student Mailboxes: Really Good Stuff // White Storage Boxes: Target // Clear Document Boxes: Really Good Stuff // Dry Erase Dots {green / blue} // Subject Banners: Amy Groesbeck // Mini Clothespins // Twine // Command Hooks // Small Black Table: IKEA // Arrow: IKEA // Blue Pocket Chart // Decor on Top of Student Mailboxes: Target Dollar Spot

Voice Level Posters: My TpT Store

This wall seriously needs something...

And those hooks...I can't even. Not going to work for 27 sixth graders...especially since there aren't 27. There are 26. Stop it. Sure, they added some over by the door, but they are not useful because I have tables and computers and such there. My sanity will be tested.

I still have more to hang up, but I'll get there. My classroom looks pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Upper Elementary Back-To-School Blog Hop & Giveaway

Can you believe it's already August? Where did the month of July go?

To help make this month a bit easier for ya'll, a handful of upper elementary bloggers have joined forces to bring you a blog hop with tips and brand new freebies (that aren't available in our TpT stores)! Plus, to sweeten the hop we're giving away $120 in TpT gift cards!

My Back-to-School Tip...

I always want parents to be "in-the-know" and don't want them to feel like they can't contact me because they're unsure how to. After all, a partnership between school and home make a child's education as successful as it can be.

I've always ordered teacher contact info business card magnets from VistaPrint and give them to parents at Back-to-School Night. That way they can hang it on their refrigerator at home and always know our class blog URL, my email address, etc. Well, this year I changed grades (from 4th to 6th), which meant I couldn't reuse what I had leftover from last year. And unfortunately VistaPrint will only let you order in sets of 25...and I have 27 students, some of which split their time between their parents. I really didn't want to order 50 because who knows where I'll be next year (which is no secret at my school - I'm thinking of moving back east after this year).

So I figured, why not just make my own? Easy enough and they're definitely way cuter! All I did was type in my info, print on cardstock, laminate, and I will put a magnet on the back as soon as they arrive from Amazon. {The ones I buy have adhesive on one side, so they're super easy to adhere.}

To download this {exclusive to my blog} freebie, click the image below. I have shared it via GoogleDocs, so please download the file from GD and open in PowerPoint from your computer. The fonts will not show up correctly if you try to edit the file in GD.

Thanks for hopping by and reading my tip! Hopefully this freebie will be beneficial to you as well!

Enter the Giveaway...

All of the upper elementary bloggers have pitched in to give away $120 in TpT gift cards! There will be 5 winners total - one $50, two $25, and two $10. Good luck!

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Keep on Hoppin'...

Be sure to continue on the blog hop and visit Teaching the Stars for her back-to-school tip and freebie!