When I began this blogging journey, I swore my first post would be about creating a schedule. So I did just that. But making a schedule is NOT FUN. What is fun, however, is setting up a brand new (to me) classroom! This is my third classroom in four years, and so far, it’s my favorite one. This is a lengthy one, so grab a snack and let’s dive in!
There is not much to explain about the doorway, but what’s a classroom tour without a photo of the entrance?! I got this cute tassel from the Target Dollar Spot a few years back, and the 7 Habits poster were created using a template from Teaching and So Fourth. The curtain on my door was purchased from Etsy.
Whenever my students first walk in to the classroom they know to immediately answer the Question of the Day. The Question of the Day is basically a simple way to get to know them better throughout the year, while also sneakily checking into my classroom. I like for students to check in because I fill out “Services Provided” forms to keep myself accountable for pulling students, and to keep up with how much time each student has gotten + what they’ve worked on. This section of the wall is also where I keep my calendar and this random bulletin board that is still just black paper and some border. Shhhh, I’ll figure it out eventually.
Next is what I would probably call the focal point of the classroom, as it is the most used space other than the carpet/SmartBoard. My small group table seats up to 6 students and is in front of the room ready to serve some kids knowledge.
My Zones of Regulation board is a new addition this year. I just began teaching the Zones of Regulation, and I knew I would need an area to display the Zones to assist my students during lessons and refocusing times. This bulletin board is the home to my interactive posters and Size of the Problem posters from Miss Behavior. I have not explicitly taught Size of the Problem yet, so that section of the board is still empty.
Random spaces on the wall are definitely my downfall whenever it comes to classroom setup. I have a personal crisis with not wanting to overstimulate my students with excessive visuals and wanting to post all the visuals for my students to reference throughout the day. This section of my wall contains a wide variety of math visuals (a reminder – I teach almost all of the elementary grade levels). The 120 chart and the multiplication posters are the most used by myself and the students. These are the two I am mostly likely to point out on a regular basis. The others are there in case students need them. The group I have now aren’t too keen on Touch Math, but I love the posters sooo up they go.
My word wall covers over 6 feet of space and makes me extremely happy every time I look at it. So strange what teachers enjoy, right? I created the letters for my Word Wall and the words are a variety from my packs of Wonders Aligned High Frequency Word Cards. I know the experts say that Word Walls should be built throughout the year by students and I 100% wholeheartedly agree with that in most cases. In a Resource Room, however, we have so many different students of every grade level coming in and out. If I put up the words each group learns week-by-week, I’d end up with a confusing, 1,000 word mess up there! My solution is to post the most commonly mistaken or difficult words that all grade levels use from the beginning, and when/if I see the need to add new words throughout the year I will do that too.
Underneath the Word Wall is where I keep Student Work Binders (not pictured – oops!) and any of the activities that students are allowed to have access.
Next up is my technology area! This is home to my tablets, recycled iPhone, and a laptop. All tablets have the same apps and webpages installed on them – most of which correspond with my student log-in cards. I store them in a file organizer which color-coded numbers and chargers. I also have storage for the Osmo, headphones, and other accessories.
My carpet area is gigantic compared to the amount of students I have at one time. So, that’s just more room for activities if you ask me. I keep visual reminders of carpet expectations underneath the SmartBoard.
The last area of my classroom that students are allowed is the book nook. This features the softest carpet to ever exist (and the most difficult to clean), some cushions, a bean bag chair, and books! I also keep other various items on this shelf such as math manipulatives, crayons, whisper phones, and my Class Dojo prizes.
Finally, we have my desk area. As I’ve mentioned before, I personally can’t get on board with the “ditch the teacher desk” trend. This section of the room is my home away from home, and I have too much paperwork and supplies to not have a storage area anyway. I was gifted the coveted 10-drawer organizer whenever I graduated, but it’s truly too fragile for little hands. I keep stickers, pens, staplers, hole punchers, paper clips, and the like inside of it. The small file organizer on my wall is to keep up with IEP paperwork (returned meeting notices, things that need to go in student’s folders, etc.) and the giant blue organizer houses my students’ tests that need to be taken. You will never see a picture of the inside of my closets unless I finally find my inner Marie Kondo or Clea & Joanna from The Home Edit and organize it. It is on my to do list, but it’s been on my to do list for four years. Side note: I obsess over organized things and this closet actually was clean…for about a week.