These are views in what I consider the front of my room. Mostly because it is what you see when you first walk in the door. I have some close ups of this area below. My Listening and writing station's are in this area, as well as part of my library. Gotta love a basket full of gym shoes. :)
This is my Where I am Chart. Each student has a seahorse with their name on it. When they are in our room their seahorse stays at the top. When they go somewhere in the school they move their seahorse to a new spot. ( Funny story, two years ago I decided to change it up and use snails and seashells for the tags. But ALL YEAR LONG I called them seahorses. So I went back to those.)
I made that chart my first year of teaching. It was obviously pre-pinterest so it is not as cute as I might like. But I love it for sentimental reasons. I have replaced many of my things from my first year throughout my time in 2nd grade, but this one will live on for as long as it can.
These are close ups of the area of my room I love the most. I am obsessed with the little nook with the blue Adirondack chairs and the poster. I LOVE IT!!!
This is one more view that I SUPER love. My AR reading progress tracker. Each student has a worm ( clothespin that moves along the fishing line as they take AR tests. When they get to 100% of their goal I let them read any level they want and also go for extra listening station time. I just LOVE the colors in this picture. It all looks SO pulled together and teacher-y I just love it.
Next to my reading corner is my carpet area. This has my rolling white board that my hubby brought me from work ( So thoughtful!) and this is where we do most of our directed teaching time. You can see the cute chair that I decorated over the summer as well as my teacher chair. ( My friend Mrs V. found it for me my first year of teaching!)
At our school we follow the CHAMPS behavior program. ( CHAMP's is an acronym for CONVERSATION, HELP, ACTIVITY, MOVEMENT, and PARTICIPATION. It really helps to make expectations clear.) My grade level team and I worked on making different CHAMP's codes for different times in our day. Since we all use them it helps us to be on the same page when we work in each other's classroom's and also just makes us that much more of a cohesive unit. The red is for presentations, the yellow is for direct instruction, the green is for independent work, and the blue is for group work.
This is our character traits bulletin board. Every month we focus on a different character trait. Last month it was respect and responsibility. This month it is self control. We give awards to the students that demonstrate those character traits. My winners will be going on a fish in the pond. I am pretty excited about my arrangement this year. I am able to have a standards/ I can statement board ( when I take down the Meet Mrs. Robinson board this weekend), a word wall, a board for student work, and a place for our character education. This has not happened before this year. :)
This is a shot of my back wall with my limited cupboard space. Since some classrooms don't have this little gem I will not whine about what I don't have but celebrate what I do. :) A couple close up's of this area follow.
This is a close up of our " Whale" Done Work board. Sometimes I pick what goes on the board and sometimes they get to pick what goes up there. I like to change it out every couple of weeks or so.
These are my student mailboxes...nothing fancy. I just wanted to show off my seahorse light from IKEA. It was hanging up on the wall but the screw that it was resting on is too big for the hole and the shape of the light is too awkward to keep it up. I need Mr. Robinson to come in and hang it up for me, but we have been so busy he hasn't had a chance. All in good time.
Here is a close up on the bookshelf and rainbow trout from the last post. You can see my teacher toolbox here too....Just realizing that they trout kind of looks dead in this picture. I'll have to make sure to prop him up more tomorrow!
AAAANNNNDDD, I leave you with one last view of my cute-y, cute, cute, reading corner. :) ENJOY!