Making Progress (room photos)

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  1. Beth2004

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    Making Progress *UPDATED*

    I was finally able to start working in my classroom yesterday. It's a pretty dark room in the basement with no widows to the outside (just some into another classroom) so it's going to take a lot of work, but I'm making progress. Here's the slideshow of what I've done so far. The first few pictures are from yesterday before I did much of anything and then the last ones are from today after working in there for 4 1/2 hours!

    http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=592y834t.5y647cf1&x=0&y=-31utvk

    Here is the updated link that shows my more recent progress.
    http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=592y834t.5y647cf1&x=0&y=-31utvk
     
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  3. willsgirl

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    The link didn't work.
     
  4. Beth2004

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    really? It works for me. Hmm...let me try again....
     
  5. Beth2004

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    it didn't work for me either :(
     
  7. beff1102

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    now it works. Thanks:) looks great so far!
     
  8. Beth2004

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    Ok, good. I changed the link in the original post to the one that works so there shouldn't be any more problems. :rolleyes:

    And thanks for the compliment. It's still got a long way to go, but I worked really hard today!
     
  9. Caesar753

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    Your room is very dark. I think the fluorescent lighting would give me a headache every day. :( Maybe you could add in some floor lamps in all the corners to give it a brighter and more natural feel?

    It does look like you have a nice space to work with. I really like how you've sectioned everything off.
     
  10. Beth2004

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    It is a pretty decent space, especially compared to my little classroom with cubical walls that I had last year in the private school!

    The darkest part of the room is near my desk so I'm thinking of getting some desk lamps for my desk and the computer table and then maybe a tall one for the reading area. I'm not sure yet. I guess it depends on what kind of prices I find places.
     
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    I saw some floor lamps at WalMart yesterday for about $8. The desk lamps ranged from $10-20 or so.
     
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    Sounds like I need to head to Walmart!
     
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    It looks like a great room, Beth! How nice will it be to have a space all your own with walls and doors!
     
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    For a basement, it's still pretty bright. I would add a rug to the reading area... that would make it very cozy. I love that you have tables instead of desks.
     
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    Nice space! Yes, I can see where some ambient lighting would help soften things up a bit.
     
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    what grade are you teaching? Maybe add some small curtains to those little top windows and some rugs and lamps and it will be cute and cozy :) I love what you've done (and all your tables)
     
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    Looks good! I have the same write stuff banner:)
     
  18. Beth2004

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    I actually do have a rug in the reading area. The problem is that it's blue, just like the floor. I'm probably not going to buy another rug, but I do plan on buying some more pillows and maybe a chair for the reading area.
     
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    I'm teaching 5th grade readers' and writers' workshop.
     
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    Hi Beth. I LOVE the blue floor! Mine is BROWWWN-ick! It all looks so nice and new! I see that you have to hang everything directly on the wall, no bulletin boards huh? That cheap background paper always adds so much color to a room! hmmmmmmmmm-maybe you can get some color in by hanging some fabric or something over the pipes. It looks like they are insulated.
     
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    Nope, no bulletin boards. :(
    I'm planning on getting some new bulletin board stuff this weekend at a local teacher store and then I'm going to put some paper and boarder in the reading area for book recommendations and probably another one up some place else to display student work on eventually.
     
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    I think I said this on another thread somewhere. You can buy cork tile squares and hotglue them to the wall to make an inexpensive bulletin board. I bought mine online and they arrived fairly quickly.

    I do like how clean your room is.
     
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    It is a nice room, for being a basement! The pipes add a bit of urban loft feel! :D

    Some more light will do you good, but I think once you get more stuff unpacekd and around the room it won't look so baren. Keep up the good work.
     
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    It looks great and the space itself is very roomy! Bring in some wall colors with fabric pieces and curtains.....you have enough blue...bring in yellows, reds, organges, greens...no more blue!! LOL
     
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    I was thinking the same thing - the teacher desk area looks the darkest. A lamp would work well. It is a really nice room, Beth. You've done a lot with it already. When you said basement I had a very different picture in mind! Yellow background paper/fabric would pop nicely against your blue.
     
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    I like the bulletin border paper on the bookshelf.. looks cute!
     
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    It's looking good. Another thing you could do since there's no bulletin boards- instead of trying attach backing paper or fabric to the walls why not "paint" them on? Paint whatever size/shape/colors you want, add painted, stenciled or store bought border and you have a beautiful bright board! Just wondering, why classes in a basement? How many are in the basement?
     
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    There are four of us, the whole fifth grade, in the basement.
     
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    I love the space you have and all the blue. It looks great. Best wishes to you for a wonderful new year!
     
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    Thank you! :hugs:
     
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    I didn't mean the blue was bad!!! :unsure:
    Gosh, now I feel bad!!!:(
    Your room IS nice!!! I just meant you didn't need to bring in anything blue.:blush:
     
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    Why do you feel bad?? :confused:
     
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    you can make bb's on own and hang them on the wall with velcro tape. The dollar store or a craft store sells poster board that is made out of foam, cover with material and hang. Just don't put anything too heavy on it.
     
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    I went today and bought some of the cork squares from walmart to make a bulletin board. I also bought a tall lamp for my desk area. I can't wait to get back in my room on Monday!
     
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    I got those cork squares and made a BB for my calendar area. So far, so good. Some lady in Staples told me that all of hers kept popping off the wall last year, so I'm a little worried. But, maybe she had weird walls or something......
     
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    Let's hope so! :p
     
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    Lucky!!! Lucky!! Lucky! :woot: Reading and writing has seemed to be my major focus this summer.

    It seems decent for a basement. Like I read above, I would definitely add some rugs in places just to brighten up things a bit. Yet besides that, you're off to a fine start.
     
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    p.s. You're lucky to be permitted to have lamps. We cannot have lamps.
     
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    You know, I never thought to ask. I'll ask on Monday if I'm allowed to have one. If not, no biggie, I only paid $8 for the lamp!
     
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    I wish we were allowed to have curtains or window beads, rugs, lamps, table clothes, signs on our doors, etc....they say all of that is against our fire code...not fair!! It's not like I'm going to keep the kids in the building if it catches fire!! Who cares what's hanging up? The fire would spread like crazy regardless due to how OLD my building is....it's 72 years old!!! If a lit match hits us...we're out off luck no matter what's hanging where. We just need to get OUT!!! :eek: :lol:
     
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    Our building is pretty old too. It's close to 100 years old, but that's not abnormal for the area. We aren't allowed to buy our own rugs or anything like that because of the fire codes, but they aren't as strict with a lot of things because we do have relatively new sprinkler systems in the building. At the elementary school they can only have 20% of the walls covered and are more strict because they don't have sprinkers.
     

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