My Brand New Classroom & Some Rambling... - The Learning Effect

My Brand New Classroom & Some Rambling...

I have been super busy lately!

Sunday I spent pretty much all day and night working on classroom / TPT files. I have some pretty great stuff that I just uploaded and will upload soon.

I also worked on my curriculum binders for this year. While Utah {as any other state} has its educational quirks, it sure has great online resources for teachers when it comes to curriculum! I absolutely love UEN! Even if you don't teach in Utah, I'd suggest you check it out. It's more than just curriculum objectives and standards.

Monday I went to my old school and loaded half of my classroom belongings into my car and took it to my new school! This is the first time I had set foot in the school. I'm a bit bummed because I have one of two "inner" classrooms, so that means I don't have any windows with natural sunlight. Boo. I'll live though, I promise. Maybe this will make me want to go outside for recess...we'll see, we'll see.

My classroom is pretty bare bones. Since the school is brand spanking new, there isn't very much funding left over, aside from teacher supply budgets. Anything extra {like bookcases and what-not} needs to be purchased with our supply budget. Luckily I found 3-shelf bookcases at Walmart for $15, so it won't be too expensive. Here are some pictures of what I'm starting out with...

I didn't get a ton accomplished on Monday because one of the 3rd grade teachers was a student teacher at my old school last year, so we were chatting for several hours instead of working. It's nice to know someone at my new school. {I actually know 3 people total, so it's not as intimidating!}

Yesterday I loaded the rest of my classroom up and my husband made the trek with me {what was left was books, and boy were they heavy}. He helped me with some of the heavy lifting in the classroom, and then we went in search of book baskets {at the Dollar Tree}, used bookcases {at local thrift stores - but no luck}, and anything else classroom related that was a deal. I ended up with 8 baskets from the Dollar Tree and a plastic paper organizer/shelf and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader board game {for my classroom} from a thrift store. We also came home with Krispy Kreme donuts. We were mind blown that we finally found a Krispy Kreme store in Utah. We thought they didn't exist. {We don't really leave the Salt Lake valley. We thought it had everything we need. I guess we were mistaken.}

I am super excited to get organizing and decorating in my classroom! I am going on a trip with my brother next week back to PA. He's moving back and I volunteered to go with him so he'd have company. Being able to see my family in PA is an added bonus, too! I'll be back just in time for a week and a half of training/classroom set up days. Students start school on Monday, August 27.

I have an awesome giveaway over at The Nest Effect right now! Even a teacher will love it - check it out.

New{FREE} files in the TPT store are up next in a separate post. Stay tuned!


  1. I guess there are some negatives to being in a brand new school, although those of us in 80-something year old schools do envy the smell of new paint! I was (secretly) thrilled three years ago when my classroom flooded over the summer because it meant I got new carpet! haha. (None of my stuff was hurt since it was all covered and off the floors anyway due to end-of-year requirements). I can't wait to see what you come up with - I know it will be great!

  2. Wow! You get 1.5wks of training/classroom set up in your school calendar??? NYC teachers officially report back on Sept. 4th and the students on the 6th. Somehow they think that giving us 2 days is sufficient for properly preparing for the school year.
    Good luck in the new school. The room has definite possibilities! : )

  3. When I look at your pictures I think about how nice it would be to come into an empty classroom. I have come into so many that just had so much useless stuff that had to be cleaned out before I could even start. Even though there isn't an unlimited budget, at least you can start fresh and make it your own. Good luck!

  4. I feel your pain with the inside classroom without windows. I have one too, but I have the added bonus in that it is hideous and old. Color is going to be my lifesaver.

  5. Good luck with setting up your new classroom! I have only one small window, but it's at least enough not to feel too closed up. :)

  6. I love how your organized your curriculum. Where did you get your fun curriculum binders and dividers? =)

  7. Have a great year!! For me, setting up is the fun part, starting something new or trying something new. I love to do new things!! I bet your school smells soooo good!

  8. I can't wait to see your finished classroom. I know you are going to change that empty box into a delightful learning environment for your students. Maybe you'll find a way to bring nature inside since you can't see it out a window!


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