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!