Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Classroom Reveal

I'm so excited to link up with Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Angie from Lucky Little Learners and lots of other amazing teachers to share our classroom reveals!  I know that I learn the most and get my best ideas by getting the opportunity to see and share all kinds of wonderful things that my fellow teachers are doing across the country.  What did we ever do before teacher blogs? 

I'm going to start off by saying that I love my classroom! My school is almost 100 years old and it's been an elementary school for that whole time. I love the character and history of our building.  Each classroom is different and we are lucky to get to paint it and design it any way we want to.  I'm also lucky that it has a beautiful wall of windows, a loft, and really high ceilings.  The only thing my classroom lacks is storage! I have absolutely no storage so sometimes my classroom can be a little messy. The one thing I really need to work is being more organized! Can any of you relate to that? It's a constant battle for me. 
I'm going to start out with a picture of what you see as soon as you enter my classroom.  As you enter my room you see my word wall, which is placed on one of the walls of my loft.  My reading nook is beneath my loft. It's my favorite part of my classroom.  Kids love nooks!

When you look right you this is the view of my classroom.  Most of my bulletin boards house anchor charts that rotate throughout the year. On my back wall I have the awesome A Rocky Top Teacher's Accountable Talk Posters. I love Katie King from Queen of the First Grade Jungle's idea of putting the storage at each table.  I put all of the math manipulatives that the students could ever need in the top draw.  The other two drawers are used for student's interactive notebooks and writing binders.  This really helps with passing out materials. I have a table manager who is in charge of passing out notebooks or manipulatives as we need them. 

To the left of this picture you will see my student's cubbies/lockers and our loft.  I tried to find a creative way to use as little space as possible for my student's cubbies/lockers.  I have a small table in the loft that students can use for writing or drawing. I also have some comfy pillows for them to use when they are reading. They love it!

I use Daily 5 and CAFE in my classroom. I love how it's helped my students learn to love reading.  I really like my CAFE board this year, and I can't wait to add to it. You can find my CAFE board posters here.  On the board beside my CAFE board, I have Katie King's awesome classroom job cards. 

Last year, I needed new alphabet posters so I decided to make one based on math vocabulary words. I later made one for my store, but when I made this one I just used wrapping paper as the stripped background to save on ink.  You can find my new math alphabet chart posters here

I know we all use exit tickets in our classroom. A few years ago I wanted to make something a little different for the kids to put their exit tickets on.  I came up with the ILEARNED board about 4 years ago. I literally hand cut the letters and clued them on black poster board. I printed the students numbers out on blue paper and cut them out as well. This thing has lasted for 4 years! The kids love it. 

I'm sure you noticed that you can't see my teacher desk anywhere in these pictures. That was totally on purpose.  Remember I said I'm working on getting organized? Well, my teacher desk is and will remain my dirty little secret of hot mess until I can get it organized!  
That's it! I hope your enjoyed your mini tour of my classroom! I really had fun putting it all together.

I have really enjoyed getting the opportunity to participate in these awesome Linky Parties!  I can't wait to see everyone's beautiful classrooms. Our classrooms are like our homes and I know we all put so much time, effort, and love into making the best places for our sweet kiddos to learn!  #2getherwearebetter


  1. A LOFT~!!!! Squeeee!!! That is so incredible. I'm mentioning this in my periscope later! Thanks for sharing!

    Jess aka
    Thanks for showing us so many great details in your classroom! I loved it!

    -Jess aka

    The Whimsical Teacher

    1. I love my loft so much! Thanks so much for checking out my post. :)