And, after one day of school, I think I'm lovin' it!
Classroom measurements: 28 feet by 29 feet. Small!
I had more junk piled and stashed in and under that thing than humanly possible. Part of the problem was the cabinets and counter tops behind my desk where I just piled, and piled, and piled and then piled some more. Then I had two extra student desks pushed in front of my desk with more junk on them.
Here is an embarrassing "before" picture. Yikes!
I removed all the piles and everything from the counter tops and started from scratch. On one counter I put word work materials and on the other I put the globe, a little plastic drawer of magnetic math manipulatives that we use on the magnetic easel, and a box that holds the books I've read aloud to the class.
These photos just go around my room in a large circle.
New improved, and larger gathering area.
Now here is my small group table and new desk/headquarters.
And a close up.
I put my computer on a rolling cart.
This is a little reading area. (Math wall is hanging above.)
Math wall (pocket charts) that hangs on a clothes line in front of the windows.
One part of the classroom library. The three desks are a small work area. You'll notice those desks are holding/storing items.
This is the rest of the class library. Chapter books and magazines. Boggle & language arts focus wall is on the white board above. The top shelf holds class lotion, tissue, tape dispensers, staplers, and three hole punch. The two file holders on the left side of the top shelf are Work on Writing & more Word Work items for Daily 5. To the right is my portable (on loan) Promethean board.
This is my math manipulative area on the other side of the Promethean board. Behind the tubs are my two computers and the book shelf is all my books that I use for teaching various concepts. Those book shelves as you may recall from an early post were what were referred to as "the closet". Floor sweeper that the kids adore using!! Seriously, one of my kiddos actually saved up his money and bought his own! Isn't that hilarious?
Computers. Writer's Eyes bulletin board (that I love and have for sale in my TN shop.) Stages of the writing process. Bulletin board storage container and a basket of books on the floor that I need to put in the book closet in the hallway. The two pencil sharpeners are mounted on the door frame.
Filing cabinets on the other side of the door, tarantula, bathroom sign out desk, and back to the gathering area.
And floating in the middle of this little oasis are the student desks arranged in groups.
I give the kids a lot of freedom to move around and work where they are comfortable so kids can be found laying on the floor, sitting in the rocking chair, on the floor using lap desks, in the reading area, lounging on a pillow pet or standing at the counter.
I have a lot more to do, but got a ton accomplished and the room ready to be used again today. Which believe me, I wasn't sure was going to happen yesterday afternoon!
I brought my desk home to make a craft area in our sunroom. Woo hoo! Donated a few items to other classrooms, threw away a few bags of stuff, recycled a boatload of paper, and hauled a small truck load to the local rescue mission.
All in all, I feel like it went great and will only get better.
Not only that, the kids loved it too!
Please share the dimensions of your room so that I can feel a little jealous (if your room is larger) or a little joy (if your room is tinier).
Thanks for touring my room. (And putting up with my senseless worry about getting rid of the desk!)