This year, I was especially excited for the first day because I put a lot of extra hard work into redecorating my classroom. First, I threw out over 250 reference books, dictionaries, and other old crap left behind from past teachers.
Then I hung some bunting, put up a huge tree in the window, and added a bunch of trinkets, lamps, etc. Oh yeah. And I organized all my library books into baskets. My reading specialist is going to be so proud...she has been
This is a view of my room as you walk in the door.
A view from my desk.
The tree is the focal point of the room. This is such an awful photo, and really doesn't do it justice. I just could not get very good lighting in my room.
My newly organized library. ;)
Here are a couple close-ups of my baskets. My 6 year-old nephew helped me put these together!
Each of my students has an extra bin to store their books and binders. They also have 3 clothespins with their name on it. When they check out a book from the library, they attach the clothespin to the card on the basket. Then, when they return the book, they know where to place it.
Just some decorations.
I bought these buckets from the dollar section at Target. Now that school has started, I have a bucket full of sharp pencils. During a class discussion, a student will place a dull pencil in the "not sharp" bucket and grab a pre-sharpened pencil. No more having to listen to the loud sharpener in the middle of giving directions!
Well, that is all for now. I will add some of my boards soon. But the Patriots are playing their first season game, so it's time for some football! Have a great Sunday everyone!