Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014/2015 Classroom Reveal!

This is my first official week on inservice and it's a miracle that I have time to post. I'm actually just procrastinating...I have a ton of other things I should have done before the blog post, but oh well! Haha! :)

I'd like to apologize in advance for the reflections/blurriness on some of the pictures. I tried everything I could, but the lights in my room are so bright and every time I take a pic it reflects off the lamination on the posters, etc.


Outside of room

View from door

View from back corner

My desk area

This is a double sided rolling shelf. On the other side I have the literature textbooks, dictionaries, and thesauri.

Each wall

These cabinets are blank because during the first few days all of my classes will create goal/college pennant flags and I will display them on the cabinets. We have open house on the fourth day of school, Thursday, August 28th! Eeek!

Love my data wall! I used Incentive charts by Creative Teaching Press to track data! Objectives will go across the top and students names or ID numbers will down on the left. Once they master a certain objective they get to put a book or pencil sticker on their chart. Those were also courtesy of CTP!

Reading Area

Interactive Notebook storages

Chair for sharing our writing

Student table for turning in work, getting bell work, etc.

Student desks/groups

Each table has a caddy name after an author with four pencil boxes. Each pencil box has a pen, pencil, dry erase marker, highlighter, eraser, and glue stick. There are also two hand held pencil sharpeners in each caddy. The little pails are for trash to minimize students getting up. Students are assigned a numbered desk to sit at an must use the corresponding pencil box with the same number on it.

Panoramic pictures

I don't have time to type much, but if you have any questions or comments please let me know!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bringing in the New School Year With a Team Gift!

School starts in exactly three weeks and I have to say I work with the best team ever! I already love working with them, so I thought I'd make everyone a small gift bag to start the year off! I have 6 teachers in my 7th grade ELA cohort and 4 teachers in my "family/team." With that being said I needed 10 gifts. I don't have a ton of money since I'm switching district and my former district issued my last paycheck at the end of July and I don't get paid from my new district until September 15th. The gifts I choose to get were very cost efficient and I will give you a great down below.

Contents of each bag: 
  • Box of Starburst (Dollar Tree - $1)
  • 4-pack Bic Velocity Bold Pens (Staples - on sale this week for $1)
  • Royal Blue Sharpie (Our school color) - (Office Depot - on sale this week for $.25)
  • Bag of Popcorn - (Box of 3 at Dollar Tree for $1, $.33 cents each)
  • Chiclets Gum - (Package of 6 at Dollar Tree for $1, $.17 cents each)
  • Blue and Green Gift Bags - (Package of 13 at Joann's for $6, .46 cents each)

Total Price for each gift bag filled with goodies - JUST $3.47 each! ($3.76 with local tax)
Total price for all 10 gift bags - $34.70. ($37.56 with local tax)

I made the labels quickly in PowerPoint and was sure to include our Gator mascot and school colors, blue and white.

This gift idea was inspired by Steven over at The Superhero Teacher! His Instagram post last week gave me the idea to do something nice for my team! Thanks, Steven! :) He teaches middle school ELA the button below to visit his blog and follow!