8.26.2013

Back to School: Classroom Tour


I spy Lindsay, Whitney and Jess










Today is my 361st day of 8th grade. I did have to do it once at as 14 year old so I could tell my students "well i've already passed the 8th grade, it's your turn" when they want me to do everything for them, but I digress. Despite the insanity of inservice week I managed to pull together a clean pulled together classroom. Honestly this year I kept it simple, I used a lot of the stuff I used last year (you can see last year's classroom HERE). I did however make a few big changes in the lay out of the room. I love how I can use my back cupboards as an extension of my desk area now! My favorite new addition are my HELLO light up letters. I used THIS tutorial to make the letters, it was a easy way to light up the room a little bit (insert punny english teacher comment here). I also love my coffee station... because well, it is a coffee station. 

 Bulletin Boards are a test of patience, which I FAIL every year. I have the largest bulletin board known to man. I am fairly confident you can see both The Great Wall of China and my bulletin board from space. Last year, I had covered the monstrosity in plastic table cloths (pinterest, duh) which worked great until the kids figured out that they could tear the plastic and make long strings which apparently was a lot more fun than learning about verbs. This year I went the "expensive" route and covered it in three different fabrics-- chalkboard contact paper (because I have almost no board space), Ikea HILDIS fabric, and a black and white striped calico. We shall see how long it lasts! Also the fact that I never buy enough/they don't ever sell enough boarder drives me INSANE. 

There are some blank spaces. There are a few more little signs and such I want to make but they were just not happing before today... and that is ok. Over crowded rooms stress me out and I feel like I needed to give myself room to grow into the space as the year goes on so that is exactly what I did! 


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20 comments:

Kati - Incorporating Color said...

Happy back-to-school! Love the room!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

The hello letters are my FAVORITE. So cute!
Well besides my picture of course ;) HONORED. Love you!

Oh and just an FYI, Adam said if he was in your 8th grade class, the first thing he would do is rip the "o" off of "hello."
Beware of hoodrats like my boyfriend...

xoxoxoxox

Meg O. said...

And this is my 1,000th day of high school. OMG. Weird. Hope you have a great first day! Love your classroom!

Whitney said...

I love this so much!! Your room is so cute and I would love to be your student. So freaking honored I made the picture frames!! :)

Sarah said...

So cute!! Love the HELLO sign!

Hope you have a great first day!!

thenerdykatie said...

Super cute, I love the HELLO sign!

Darby Hawley said...

I always look forward to seeing what your classroom looks like! I absolutely love that hello sign you made! I want one too please! I also love that you brought in your own coffee pot with perfect monogrammed mugs!

Happy first day back!

Treasure Tromp said...

this is so cute! that hello sign is adorable!

abbycake said...

Go girl! I love it. My classroom now is just a computer lab, so the "tour" would be fairly boring. I have to say, I don't miss decorating and arranging desks.
xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Nikki said...

Your classroom looks great! The Hello is too cute!! I now want to make light up letters too... I don't have a clue why I would need them, but I want them. I also love your bulletin boards! Chalkboard contact paper is Brilliant!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

Kristin said...

Love the classroom! Hope the first day went well.

Stevie C said...

I love your classroom! I just started my internship at a high school this year and i'm dying to make my space my own! Great ideas!

Laura Darling said...

Your classroom looks awesome! I love the Hello sign, that is adorable! You have some lucky students!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Spick and span, and ready for a new year of 8th graders! Great job on the room, friend. I love the HELLO sign, of course. Also, I could immediately see which photo on your board was of us! Oh, you know, the one where we're stuck like glue. ;)

Meghan Yoder said...

Looking at your classroom makes me nervous and I'm not even in school anymore! Those first day of school jitters get me every August! maybe I should talk to someone about that... haha :) Hope you have a good first week!

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

OMG, you have the best classroom! The light and the leopard...obsessed! Can I join your classroom? Always around this time of year I kick myself for not going into education. I really hold a grudge for lsu canceling my art education curriculum :( I really wanted to be a high school art teacher!

Amber said...

Sooo cute. Loving those letters. And using a dish drying rack for your folders?? Genius!

Sally said...

Looks great! Big ass bulletin boards are the worse. Hopefully that fabric will last for years and years!

housegirlhaley said...

I love classroom tours! My favorite things is your coffee station. I can't get over your cute monogramed cups.

Hannah said...

What a cute classroom! It makes me miss school and want to teach again. I loved fixing my classroom up! I hope you have a great year!