Hi there, friend! I’m thankful you stopped by for a visit.
Here’s a follow-up to my Math Room Tour. This collection of photos basically serves as a way to memorialize my early teaching years. That way, when I’m old and gray, I can show my grandchildren pictures of my class and say, “See kids, there used to be these devices called ‘books.’ ” 😉
As I shared in the Math post, I teach at an independent school and have the luxury of focusing on just two subject areas: Math and Science. It should be said that I love the subjects I teach wholeheartedly and get as giddy as the kids during experiments.
First stop is our reading nook. The turtle was a happy Kirkland’s clearance find, and I pray it lasts through a few classes because I love him and hope to take him home when we (Lord willing) have children of our own. I haven’t named him yet, and I now realize what a disappointing fact that is. Timmy Turtle? Pokey? What works?
One of the first organizing tasks I tackled was to sort the books into groups by topic, then place them into front-facing bins. I truly believe this is a helpful way to organize books for young children, rather than simply leaving the spine exposed. A classroom volunteer helped me to sort books, cut labels, and adhere them.
This long set of trapezoid table serves a location for centers, and stores Big Books right beside our library.
I keep recent newsletters on the bulletin board for students, parents, and visitors. This was our First Grade’s Science fair note.
I have a strong urge to include corny jokes and puns related to the content on each document, but sometimes I manage to resist.
Though my Second-Grade students made these way before Christmas, I haven’t had the heart to take them down. That day, a student from each group was traced, then the group rounded up their white crayons and colored pencils to sketch their own versions of a human skeleton as we reviewed each (major) bone.
Why is there a decorative frog, clock, and watering can on this shelf? To be cute, of course! I mean, I could loosely tie them in to our Plant and Animal Classification units, but let’s be honest. They serve absolutely no educational purpose, but sure make a big, blank wall a little happier.
These are our second-grade kids’ cubbies. I make no apologies for their disheveled appearance. This is what we call “keeping it real,” guys. My sweet aunt, a reading specialist, gave me the stuffed Clifford, giraffe, and tiger with companion books during my first year of teaching.
My Science desk, which I admittedly rarely use. On the left is a rocker from my own childhood nursery. It’s another item I hope survives elementary school in one piece. 🙂 The rug was a Kroger marketplace steal and serves as a great meeting area.