Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Classroom

Making Lemonade!
A couple weeks ago (2 days before staff was to report back) I was told that I would no longer be teaching 1st grade, no longer be on the same campus, and would have to move 15 years of my things in 1 day.
I cried, and then cried some more, and then I cried some more.  Oh, and did I mention that I found this out while I was dropping my daughter off at college.
If you've kept up with my blog at all you have seen that I renovated my classroom.  I was about 5 or 6  hours from having it "kid ready" when I was told to move.  
When I got to my new room it was NOT pretty like the room I had just renovated.   There were rust stains on the wall and drawings of male parts.  
I enlisted the help of my mom and we painted.  It took me 3 days total, but I got it painted.  I've worked nonstop for 2 weeks while going to in-service during the day.
I thought I'd share some pics of my new room and invite you all for a glass of lemonade.

The books were just on the shelf in ABC order.  I bought some bins at The Dollar Tree and have labels to label the bins by author or subject.

Here are my birthday bags.  My plan is to have ALL my students' (around 80) birthday cards in the bags by the end of the first week.

My class rules.  Nothing special I just thought the colors were so pretty together.  :)

This area will be for intervention time for students to work in pairs on things they need help with.  I plan to use the container in the corner to hold things that will help them.

 Just some views of my room.

I made the chart you see below before I got moved and wasn't sure what I would use it for, but yesterday I figured it out.  I'll get a pic of it and update.  

Tomorrow is the first day of school for me, and I no longer teach 1st grade.  I am a history teacher for grades 5-8.  I can do this, but not without a HUGE glass of lemonade.  


  1. Your room looks amazing!! So glad that your mom was able to help you.

    1. Thank you!!!

      I've couldn't have stopped her if I wanted to. She loves to help out.

  2. You did such an incredible job on your room!! I love the blue rug area!! It just shouts "this is a happy place... come join me!"

    God is so good to have given you such a new, wonderful opportunity!!

    1. I hope it shouts "happy place so come read."

      He really has, and I hope to make Him proud.

  3. You are amazing Chris! What a wonderful, inviting learning environment you have created. I would love to join you in a glass of lemonade! Karen

  4. Your classroom looks great! I LOVE the birthday bag wall - such a super cute idea!

    1. I hope the kids feel the same. Thank you.

  5. Looks really great! I am impressed!!

  6. Thank you so much! You all just make me feel so good.

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new room! I wish you the best of luck in your new school! I'm sure you will be very happy there! Oh, and can you save me one of those cards with candy on them, pleeeeaaaaase ;)