Discussion in 'Elementary Education Archives' started by teacher62604, Aug 8, 2005.
Aug 17, 2005
Dee, You have a great classroom. I especially like your behavior tree.
I just bought one of those hanging thingies (what are they?!) like camcdade has pictured with stuffed animals in it. I bought it thinking I could come up with something clever, but have yet to do so. Any ideas? I really don't have stuffed animals.
Aug 18, 2005
I've enjoyed looking at the pictures of your classrooms and I took pictures of mine, but I don't know how to post the link! I have my pictures posted on Ofoto using my Kodak camera, but what link do I post?
I hope this works.
I welcome any questions about my room or any suggestions you might have. I loved looking at all the pictures posted so far.
My Room 2005
Christopher what grade do you teach? I have the same All About Me set on a bulletin board in my classroom also. Your room looks great. It is very organized. I hope I get mine that way before school starts!
I teach 2nd grade. Well, I wouldn't call myself organized yet, but I'm trying!
Christopher, Your room is FANTASTIC! I love the color and creativity. I wish all of my first graders could go to a great second grade like yours. Your spirit shows !!
P.S. Could you tell me about the pocket chart with the green and purple strips next to the sticks to the rules board?
Thank you for the compliment. I wish all the teachers in my school put in the same effort too. Some seem to think that classroom atmosphere isn't as important as what goes on in the room. I take decorating my classroom as seriously as I take decorating my home. Nobody wants to be in a bland boring space!!
To answer your question about the pocket chart, I use it for behavior. It's similar to the stoplight system.
The purple strips have student names on them.
If they break a rule the student moves the first green square to yellow. That is a warning.
If the behavior continues they turn the 2nd one to yellow and have a consequence.
3rd yellow stricter consequence.
For behaviors of agression and destruction they turn to red and the parents and principal become involved immediately. In 6 years I've only had to have 1 student ever go to red.
I have one too, but don't have it up yet. What about books that correlate with th unit you're teaching? You could also put certain supplies like scissors in them. I don't let my students keep scissors, glue, or markers in their desk. I learned my lesson during student teaching.
Aug 24, 2005
Hmmm, I wonder if it is strong enough to hold books. I will have to check it out once I am allowed in my building!!! I am stressed!!!!
My stuffed animals are actually my "book buddies". They are all stuffed book characters. I have Clifford, Arthur, his sister D.W., friend the Brain, Junie B. Jones, David (From No, David!), the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, the owl from Harry Potter, Pooh, etc. I use them for incentives for good behavior and using good reading strategies. If I see a student doing these things, they get a book buddy pass and can go pick one to either sit on their desk and watch them work or to read to. The kids love them and work hard to earn one!
I'm loving the book buddy idea! I may have to go and scour some yard sales this weekend and the second hand stores. Do you think gr.2's will love it andthey won't be too "old" for it?
Aug 25, 2005
I don't think so. Remember, at the beginning of the year they're still babies (you know-innocent and sweet). Even by the end of the year, they'll still love it.
I teach 3rd and they still love it!
Your room looks great. I am a new second grade teacher and would appreciate any ideas you may have. Unfortunatly I half about a quarter of the space but am trying to work with it. I will be looking back at your pics for support
Aug 26, 2005
Camcade, What a great idea!!
Nice pictures, but orientate is not a word. Either orient or orientation, however you could say: This page will help you familiarize yourself with our classroom.
Aug 28, 2005
I know that the word orientate can be considered a wrong usage of the word orient or orientation. However, here it is found in two common dictionaries. If my kids can find it in the dictionary, then it must be a word.
camcdade- How long did it take you to acquire all of those book buddies? I like that idea
I got them all over the summer. Most I found on Ebay for really cheap. (I'm soooo addicted to Ebay!)
I am too...I can't tell you how many things I've bought this summer. I never knew about Ebay teacher stuff until one of Amanda's posts...now I can't stop myself. hehe
I got addicted this summer to Ebay too. I got some great things. I have already spent too much already so I have to take a break.
Aug 29, 2005
As far as the book buddies, I also loved the idea. I went to yard sales in our area on the weekend and picked up an Arthur, Scooby doo, pooh bear and rabbit from pooh bear. Not bad for one morning of yard sales. I would now like to find a clifford and a franklin. I think I'll try our second hand stores in town. Never tried ebay, are they really good prices? Do you have to pay for shipping as well?
Yes, you have to pay shipping, but it's usually not much. I just bought another Junie B. Jones doll that cost me $3 and $2.50 for shipping. So $5.50 is not bad for a brand new doll that would cost much more from the store.
Aug 30, 2005
OK Here are a few pictures of my classroom.
Go to www.bebo.com
My user name is heatherivance
and my account is aaronhiv
the folder is under school...there are only a few (4) but it is some of my room
Hanvan, You have a really cute room. I can't wait until you post more pictures. I especially love your purple & lime green chairs. I have the same colors in my room. I have a purple carpet in my reading section and a green one in the front of my room that has purple masking tape that make square for my first graders to sit. I would really like to know were you got the colored chair and the price if you don't mind telling.
P.S. Your puppies are really cute too!!
Aug 31, 2005
Oh my gosh I love the easy chairs. Your BB tree looks great, too. The dogs are precious!
I got my chairs at wal mart last year for 50 each...kinda high but I couldn't resist! Thanks for the comment on the pups....I LOVE them soooo much!
how do I see your pics? Do I need a password?
very cute classroom. My 9 year old loved the chairs.
I posted my password and user name in the earlier post. The kids love those chairs they recline
Sep 1, 2005
My classroom is finally worthy of showing...the messy desk is gone! Until Tuesday when the kids arrive, that is
I did a lot of redecorating...please let me know what you think! The only thing I have left is to complete my centers and put them in their respective "places"
great classroom leighball. I have to remember to take pictures of my classroom before the students arrive tomorrow
Nice classroom Leighball! I am going to try to take pictures tomorrow. I am almost all finished setting up. I just have to finish labeling everything.
Sep 2, 2005
What is your user name a pass on the kodakgallery? I cant see your pics!
I was actually thinking to:
1. take the pictures of the classroom
2. select the best shot together with the kids
3. upload the pics - there are so many free website editors such as dreamweaver, sitekreator, homepage and tons of other ....
4. create our yearly website together with the students
What do you think?
That's a great thing to do. If you take pictures with the kids, you need to get a permission slip signed. I send out a permission slip at the beginning of the year saying that we will be participating in internet and media activities. The students pictures may be posted on our website and in the local paper without names. Then I give the parents the option of pictures or no pictures. I haven't had a one yet say no pictures, but you want to make sure you're covered.
Everyone, your rooms look wonderful. I moved to a brand new building this year. Still unpacking and 'trying' to make it feel comfortable and inviting without feeling to stark WHITE. We are all scared to start putting things on the walls. At our old school we would staple, nail, hot glue, drill holes, anything went, but now... I don't want to be the first. I know it takes time, but the thing was my room 'use' to be inviting, I'm afraid I won't get it back... everything's just too.... NEW!!!! Don't get me wrong, I am grateful. I'll work on gettting pics. this weekend. I have a OFOTOaccount just don't know how to get you guys to my account.
Your room looks great! I love your t-shirt display and I am so impressed with your neat and tidy desk area! I'm only three weeks in to the year and I already can't see the top of my desk. (It looked so pretty only a few days ago!)
What do you use all of those paper trays for (on the window cabinets)?
Cute classroom, it is really nice.
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