2/1/11

Wanna See My Classroom?

Since I spend so much time at the awesome high school where I teach, I thought I would share a tour of my classroom.  Being a visual person (who's not?), I love to surround myself with color!

So here's the dime tour:
This is the view of my room when you walk in the door.  I like the kids to be able to talk with each other, and the banquet style arrangement is working well for us this year.
This set of shelves is right behind my door.  I use it for my plastic baskets, which makes it easier to distribute supplies to the kids when they are working on projects as well things that the kids have easier access to - like Germ-ex, bandaids, rubber bands, paper clips, staplers, tape, and notebook paper.
I also lend them pens, pencils, erasers, and handheld sharpeners from this location.
If you walk to the right from the doorway, you can see part of my command central.  I have my printer, my currently used files, my microwave, and a three-drawer cabinet that holds my plasticware.  Under my table I keep my tools and some of my teaching tools in the plastic bins under the printer.  I also have a small refrigerator underneath the table below the microwave.
This is a shot of the back wall of my room.  I have a LOT of bins to store my school supplies.  You'll also notice that I have several pedestal fans - I use these a lot during my morning classes - believe it or not, we need the a/c inside our humid Houston school, and it's HOT in there.
These are full of school supplies.  This is my 15th-year of teaching, and I have complete sets of lots of things - rulers, scissors, glue sticks, fat markers, thin markers, etc.  I keep these here as well as lesser used items like extra copy paper (I have to buy my own for my printer), laminating sheets, my label maker - I have one for school AND one for home, file folders, etc.
To the right of the black plastic drawers are my much older drawers.  I use these to store tempera and acrylic paints, specialty glues, and extra leftover craft project materials for posters, banners, door decorations, and stuff.
My advanced students read an extra historical novel each six weeks, and I buy copies of them used to check out to them.  I covered the paperbacks with clear contact paper, glued in pockets and made out cards to check in and out, which I keep in the black box.  I organized that into alphabetic tabs so I know who has the books and when they borrowed them from me.
On the top of this folding table, I have more drawers that hold sticker letter packs, punch out letter packs, supplies for specific responsibilities, and (scary, I know) map pencils organized by color.  To the right of that are my "turn in" boxes for my afternoon classes.  To the right of the turn in boxes are my "graded" boxes.  I store my graded papers there before I give them back to my students.
Under the folding table I keep my spiral crates.  My morning classes put their work in spirals, which we keep in class.  Since we have two long banquet arrangements, I put the pink for each class on the back table and the black for each class on the front table.  The kids get out and return their spirals, and we exchange the crates for the next period.
This is in the back corner.  I keep my graduate class books here as well as binders from previous trainings I have attended.  I LOVE the purple platter - a former student made it for me!
This is the view of my classroom in front of the bookcase with the purple platter on top.
This is the view from the other back corner at my bookshelf wall.  The black plastic bins are to my right in this view.
This is a better view of my bookcase wall...
Owl lover alert...
More owl alert.  My diplomas.  BA in English.  M.Ed. in Education.  The gal in the red dress is my Marie Antoinette doll - her head ejects!  :)
My frog prince.  He makes more sense when you see my first - and favorite poster - ever.
This is my locking cabinet - where I keep my purse and my crazy DVD collection as well as my meds, cosmetics, and girly things....
My favorite poster!!!
Pure. awesomeness.
From the front of my room - next to my locking cabinet.  You can see my desks from here if you look hard.
These are casitas.  Little houses.  We use them to surround the kids while they are taking quizzes or exams.  These are just strips of brown cardboard with flaps on each side.  I painted them black and decoupaged lots and lots of pics on the fronts and the backs.  Something extra to check out when my kids are staring off into space...

So that's my little classroom.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

What's your workspace like?  How have you made it your own?






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5 comments:

  1. Laura,

    Loved seeing your classroom! Especially as a fellow teacher. You are so organized..love it!

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  2. I just realized where I get my love of color from. Love you!

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  3. ohmyword!! that is so nice & organized, I love it!! I work in a school and really appreciate when a teacher has an organized room, makes it easier for me to find things. Love your blog!

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  4. What an amazing classroom. You must be a wonderful teacher. And my little librarian's heart goes pitter patter at the book check out you encourage. YAY! Just lovely.

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  5. You give me hope! I am a project-based high school English teacher who is constantly shuffling paint, paper and other supplies. I am now going to be making my own casitas this summer. I have always traded rooms with my more traditional coworkers when it is time for an exam so that I have rows and student separation. I have been working with our librarian so that I can move books out of my classroom and have a shelf for my students only in the library, so I can reduce the time I put into check out. Teaching is often so isolating and I appreciate your willingness to share--you have really encouraged me!

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