Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Classroom

So, I just realized that I never posted my classroom pictures. Yes, school started in August and it is now almost February...better late than never? 

 This is probably the first year that I am truly happy with the way my room turned out. Last year I was in Montana the week before school so I felt rushed to get things ready, and every year before that I've had to switch rooms, which is always chaos.


Here is the finished product.

Reading Area with a Dr. Seuss poster that I made.

another view of the reading center.
Reading Goal Bulletin Board with Chic-fil-A cow.
As students get closer to their goal, they put a clothes-pin
with their name on it on the ladder.
Encouraging students to be "bucket-fillers"--give compliments.
Not sure where this idea first came from, but a lot of teachers at
my school do it with their classes. The buckets now have students'
names on them.
Stole this idea from pinterest.
Grammar Island sentence. Our mascot is the marlins.
After students read a book, they fill out a recommendation card
for the board.
Writing Center
Agenda Board. It's a little different now.
Calendar, "student center" (where they turn their papers in), and my desk.
My favorite thing in the room.
 I've had this for a few years now. Pretty sure I first
saw something similar to it in a book somewhere. I love it.
cubbies with printables found on pinterest.
Welcome to 3G!

Ask me if my room is still this clean. When I left today, I couldn't even see the wood of my desk.

Any of you educators have any teacher organizational tips??

95 comments:

  1. I'm not a teacher so I am of no help for tips; however, if I had a 3rd grader, I would want him/her in your class! How super adorable and cheery! I also love your grandpa sign - too funny! (punctuation and spelling are my achilles heel - don't judge!) hehe

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  2. wow your room is absolutely bright and fun!! So I also have cinder block walls....how do you stick things on it? I usually do but then it starts falling off...:-( I love your objective/agenda board...I am having a hard time figuring out how to write my objectives and not use up so much board space

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    1. I'm wondering the same thing. Sticky tack?

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    2. Have you tried Mavalus Tape?

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    3. Have you tried poster putty? It works in my room! Mrs. McDonald's 4th Grade

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    4. Stiki clips!

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    5. Velcro dots!

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    6. HOT GLUE all the way!!!!!

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    7. Masking tape with dots of Elmer's Glue on it! Works like a charm and you don't have paint coming off when you have to take the stuff down like you would with hot glue. :)

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    8. 3M makes exterior mounting tape (look at Office Depot, etc. I have had sound/letter cards on my walls for 10 years (cinder block) and not one was ever fallen off.

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    9. Rubber cement works for smaller things too!

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    10. electrical tape! or gorilla tape (the black electrical tape i bought at the dollar general for $3)

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    11. Hockey tape- the clear kind. Will last all year!

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  3. I teach 3rd grade in Salina, Ks....I hot glue on my cinder block walls! It just peels off and leaves the paint. I am so drowning in paper, too! I lost todays homework and had to copy it again! Making the sugared bacon chicken today. I am always looking for good organization!

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  4. Your room is very colorful. I love it. :)

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  5. I love your room! I too teach third grade :) I love your milk crate benches - how did you make them??!!

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  6. What a great room! Do you have a discipline policy? I have a 2nd grader and am looking everywhere for something...ANYTHING that will work!

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    1. My biggest thing as a kindergarten teacher is consistancy. Also just like in baseball, three strikes and you're out. Sit down with your child and discuss the three things that will occur if they do not obey and as before, stick to it.

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    2. I teach 9th grade but this will probably still work for your kiddos... I use the "Please/I Need" method. The first time the student is doing something that they shouldn't be doing I say, "Please (name) sit down" and that is their warning. If they are still not on task I say "(name), I need you to sit in your seat. I will be contacting your parent" and I write their name down on my "to contact" list. If they still do not cooperate I start the process over, if they get to "I need" then it is a D-Hall. If we have to repeat the process they go to the office and a referral is written. A teacher down the hall used this method from day 1 last year and by the 2nd week all of the students knew that when he said "I need..." it meant business. Obviously the consequences might be different for your kiddos but the overall concept is easy for the students to understand.

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  7. I am a homeschool mom and I have used the grandpa thing, too! It makes a memorable point! If my son's third grade room had looked that colorful and inviting he might still be in public school! :)

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    1. I'm fairly certain this teacher pays for a majority of this out of pocket, maybe the teachers in your local schools can't afford it.

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  8. I love your classroom! I teach 4th grade and I am always looking for new ways to organize things. I did have one question. I like the Agenda board, but what are the squares for under the objectives?

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  9. I absolutely love your room! 2 things, in your reading center did you make those green and black chairs? They're wonderful! Also I believe the bucket idea comes from the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" I read it to my class and they loved it :)

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    1. and if you made those chairs, how did you?

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    2. I posted about making crate seats similar to those on my blog. Here's the link to the tutorial: http://projectsatthepicketts.blogspot.com/2012/08/in-denial.html?m=1

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  10. Hello. I really like your agenda board!! What did you use for background?

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  11. I am writing a personal behavior plan for my future classroom and I totally included the "Dear Students" letter in my plan.

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  12. I teach high school and I think my students need to hear your "Dear Students" letter even more this time of year. Saw the link on pinterest.

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  13. Hi there,
    Cute classroom and great blog. I just found you and am your newest follower. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  14. I found your blog via Pinterest (I don't even know how or why? :) ) and I just had to say that I love your classroom! As the parent of elementary school kids (we're at Harbor View on James Island), I especially love your Dear Students sign. So, so sweet!

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    1. My husband's little brothers go to Harbor View!!!!

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  15. What fun ideas! Just found out I'll be switching rooms and I plan to come back to your post this summer. I'm your newest follower.
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  16. Where did you get (or how did you make) your "Read Mor Books" sign? I love that idea!

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    1. I made it! I just found a google image of the chick-fil-a cow and drew it. It was fun!

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  17. I felt like giving up on teaching after this year. It was a rough one but I am seeing ways I can make my classroom better. Thanks for sharing all these cool ideas.

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  19. Love your room! I am moving back to third grade after teaching 5th for a few years. Suggestion on how to stick to cinder blocks - try Easy up Wax Clips.

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  20. Your Have you filled a Bucket today idea is based on this bookhttp://www.amazon.com/Have-You-Filled-Bucket-Today/dp/1933916168. I've seen many schools use this and it works great.

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  21. I came across your blog on Pinetrist. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your classroom. I teach 2nd and I can def use some of your ideas! Thank you!

    Ashlee
    Sweet Seconds

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  22. I love your classroom it is so colorful and full of interesting things for your students to take part in.

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  23. I also love the way your room is set up. I am a little confused though. When do you have math, science and social studies?

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    1. I teach only English and Language Arts subjects. My teammate teaches Science, SS, and Math, and she is wonderful!

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  24. I love your classroom, great job. Question, how did you organize your books? By reading level? How do I find out what reading level certain books are on?

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    1. My books are organized by genre and subject, however most of them are labeled by Lexile, which you can look up on Lexile.com. You just type in the book's title, and it should give you the Lexile.

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    2. There's a fairly new app in the iTunes App store called "Level It". You just scan the book's bar code and it gives you the level (for various systems - gr. level equivalent, exile, guided reading, and DRA). As with all online levelling guides, they won't have every book you scan listed, but it's a terrific little tool nonetheless!

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  26. In your reading corner, did you make the little black and green seats? If you did, would you mind sharing how you did it? Thanks!

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    1. yes, wondering the same thing. It looks like they are made from crates but how did you make and attach the cushions?

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    2. Hello! Yes, I made the crate seats. However, I kind of did it the wrong way, but they served their purpose and held up all year. Here is the link to my post on how I made them:

      http://tupelohoneycaro.blogspot.com/2011/08/crate-seats-my-way.html

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  27. btw, your classroom is fabulous. I will be referring back to your blog as I redo my classroom for next year...(unfortunately, my room is WAY smaller than yours)

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  28. Caroline: great ideas:) I am a newbie to pinterest but am glad I ran across your site. It is great and cheery! Did you find lexiling your books made it easy to organize them????

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  29. Beautiful, cheery classroom! Well done!

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  30. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pics!!! Love the wonderful things that are going on in your classroom!

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  31. I LOVE your classroom!! It looks like you have a lot of space in your room!!

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  32. I love your classroom! Where did you get the lights or decorations hanging above the library?

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  33. how did you make the cushions on the crates?

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  34. I'm intrigued...what does the big poster above your desk say? Your room is inspiring and so well organized:)

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  35. THank you soo much for allof your great ideas! I am moving up to third grade from kindergarten this coming school year and your blog has really helped me a lot. I would
    love any advice that you could give me please! I am super nervous but excited

    Maria

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  36. Your classroom is beautiful - so calming and organized. How did you make the puffy balls ? hanging from the ceiling - they add just enough "punch" without overstimulating.

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    1. I was wondering the same! They are at etsy.com and called poms :). Also, party city had some colors.

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  37. Love the blue and green! Thanks for posting pictures!

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  38. I absolutely love your classroom! I am a secondary teacher-9th graders and I would love to organize my classroom in this same form. I love colors and my students do also!

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  39. The book is "How Full is Your Bucket for kids" by Tom Rath. http://www.amazon.com/How-Full-Your-Bucket-Kids/dp/1595620273/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340819725&sr=8-1&keywords=how+full+is+your+bucket+for+kids

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  40. I LOVE Your classroom - so bright & cheery! The puff balls hanging from the ceiling are absolutely adorable! I teach 1st grade and would love to add them to my classroom this year; can you send me the link to how you made them?

    Please email me at: snallink@yahoo.com

    THANKS,

    ~Nadine

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  41. Love your classroom. I am trying to promote reading in 8th grade and I just love your Chick-Fil-A bulletin board.
    Did you use a template for the Chick-Fil-A Cow and "Read Mor Books"?
    Thanks!

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  42. I am speechless! As a special education teaching assistant who has worked in some very disorganized classrooms - Wow! you are a blessing to all students. Structured, organized, positive, and cheerful! Are you in need of an assistant? :)

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  43. Love your classroom!

    I just found your blog through pinterest and am now a new follower. :-)

    - Elizabeth
    http://firstyearinthe3rdgrade.blogspot.com/

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  44. Love your Gamecock mat!!!! We keep up with the Gamecock scores in my third grade class!! A little math incorporation there! I supposedly had a class with 20 Gamecock fans... if there were any Clemson fans out there, bless them, they wouldn't admit it! ;)

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  45. Hi there! I love your classroom! I have tissue poms over my reading area as well! l like how they can brighten any room! I just found your blog and just started following you! If you have time stop by my blog and follow! Thanks for sharing!
    Brigid
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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  46. I loved your letter to the students. I modified it slightly and plan to hang it in my room this year. There is a photo of what I did (and a link back to this post) in this blog post: http://sjsdblogs.com/coughlin/2012/07/18/making-students-feel-welcome/

    Thanks!
    Laura

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  47. I love your book recommendation board! I am totally stealing this to use with my 9th grade babies when they do SSR! They always complain that they don't know what book to pick out in the library and hopefully this will help!

    I also love your grammar sentence on the wall, so simple yet effective! I will be adding this to my August to do list!

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

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  48. I'm a Taiwanese student studying in the US. I found your blog on Pinterest. Your classroom is so wonderful and inspiring! I would love to share your classroom with other Taiwanese people in my own blog, which is written in Chinese because of the target audience. Would you mind if I use your pictures here and write about your classroom in Chinese? I will, of course, post a link that directs people back to your blog.

    Best,
    Christine

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  49. I LOVE your room and am going to use a LOT of your ideas in my 5th Gr ELAR classroom this year. I had a few questions, and I apologize if they are somewhere on your blog that I missed:
    1. For your Moovin' Up board, is the ladder paper? or something else- I am wondering what they clip the clothespins to?
    2. For the writersin the spotlight area, are the 3 things actually black clipboards hanging up?
    3. For that same area, where did you find lime and turquoise tubs and cups etc?
    Thanks so much! I would love to hear!

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  50. LOVE your room, but that one rug, the one with the awful Gamecock on it, has to GO!!! Just kidding - a loyal Tiger fan, obviously. Your room is so precious and organized - where do you teach with so much wall space??? I have ZERO walls!

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  51. Where did you get the chick fil a cow sign? Did you get that from the restaurant? I love the cow but just wondering where you got it.

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  52. I love your classroom. I like to see what's going on in other third grade classrooms. You have the same colors as I do. :)

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  53. Love "fill the bucket" board! Where did you get the buckets? Did students write compliments to each other and slip them it?
    Thanks

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  54. Great ideas but in the sentence "The huge marlin...," the word "the" is an article not an adjective.

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  55. Hi! I would love to know where you got the bucket pictures for your "Have you filled your bucket today?" I am planning on implementing this for the new school year!

    P.S. Your room is AMAZING.

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  56. Great ideas :) The bucket filling idea is in the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud

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  57. What does the poster above you desk (w/ blue border) say? It's hard to read in the pics... Very cute room!!

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  58. I love you bucket idea/poster! It is great. What a positive teacher and memory you must be leaving with the students. The name Dalrymple sounds familiar. Are you in MN?

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  59. How did you make those benches in the reading center? Looks like crates with toppers? Very cute...your whole room is wonderful!!

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  60. I love the ideas and I love this FONT! What is it, please?

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  61. Great ideas. I especially like your use of milk crates in the reading nook. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Hello! I am a second grade teacher in Ohio and as always in the summer I am thinking ways to "better" set up my classroom! I teach all subjects and I have found some great ideas from you, thank you! But I do have a couple of questions, 1. How did you make the "balls" that hang in the reading corner? 2. How do you use the "How Full Is Your Bucket" chart? Thank you so much for everything!

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  63. I love it. I found you through Pinterest and I am your newest follower. I have a little 'ol teaching blog if you want to come on by!
    XOXO,
    Katie
    Teacher to the Core ~ Teaching Tips, Tricks, and Mommy Magic

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  64. I love using quotes in my room - I like the framed quote idea. I believe it said that you found the printables on pinterest- do you have the link to that? I am in need of some new quotes and love the way they look - would like to see what quotes they have. Thanks!

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