My class pics-- I'm embarrassed.

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  1. nayelismom

    nayelismom Rookie

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    I've seen a bunch of classroom pictures and mine looks so bare!!!

    My room is very small and I have limited supplies since I am the newby and a first year teacher. This is 2nd grade. You can't really see it but in the back of the room there is a huge storage bookcase thingy attached to the wall. I hardly have any storage space besides that. I only have one computer. Please give me advise!!!

    Also, I have my desks in a U shape with a few in the middle because they didn't all fit in the U but I'm considering grouping them into 3 desk. Any ideas?

    I didn't put alot of posters on the wall because I didn't want to overwhelm the students but I see other classrooms on here that do. What should I do? to put or not to put!!!! :confused:

    Oh and I turned part of the chalk board into additional bulletin space and plan to cover the rest with either bb paper or fabric for something else. The last pic is the big bulletin board right outside my room.

    http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/436882
     
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  3. teacherpippi

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    I think it looks great! Don't worry about not having a lot on your walls. As you create things with students, you can put them up. It will help with connecting to learning AND classroom community.

    Love the BB outside the room, btw!
     
  4. MissFroggy

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    It looks very nice. It's neat and orderly! When the kids come, their work, and personalities will make the room! It's the kids that make the atmosphere, we just need to provide the space and you have done that. Good job on your first room!

    (My first room was a cinderblock room with no shelving except for some small bookshelves beneath the windows which was mandated as use for the library. Just a teacher desk and kids desks. And since I took the subway, I had to bring in stuff one day at a time in a small shopping back. My room never looked half as good as yours!!)
     
  5. nayelismom

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    Thanks. I'm going to add fishies with all of my student's names on them.
     
  6. Miss Kirby

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    Your room looks very cute! See, I wish I had LESS stuff up on the walls. It's just that we use everything, and really there are only a couple things up just for decoration. I really like how you have your kidney table in front of your desk. I was thinking about doing that! But I like hiding clutter behind my desk. lol
     
  7. Ms.Jasztal

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    I feel a bit cluttered at times in my room. This year, there's more space, but student work will come up as displays change throughout the year.

    It's good to start out with more space, especially if you are a first year teacher, because then your students' work can add to the room (as someone else mentioned).
     
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    I agree 100% with Miss Froggy. What your kids will remember most about your room is not what it looked like, but what they learned there. I asked my students in a survey their favorite thing about the classroom, they answered "all of our books, the pictures of us doing things, and the fun they had while learning." I struggled with not having a lot of stuff last year, I bought things as the year went on, and got gift cards for Christmas to my favorite stores.

    Personally, I think it's fabulous!
     
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    Your room looks absolutely wonderful! You do not need to feel bad about the lack of "stuff" that you have... don't worry, you'll collect it as you go. :) I promise! There are some rooms that are WAY TOO cluttered for students to even focus. Sometimes, less is more. :)

    The only thing that I didn't see was an alphabet (handwriting) cards which might make the front of your room feel "finished". I am thinking above the white board.

    As far as the desks go... if you can, try to group those three desks together (at least for now). Having the rest of the desks in a horseshoe design is great... all students would have a partner then. Those 3 in the middle are all by themselves. You don't want kiddos to feel segregated right away.

    Again, I think everything looks wonderful. Your students (and their parents) will love it!
     
  10. Deb06

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    No reason to be embarassed! I wish my room was that organized and clutter free. :) It looks nice!
     
  11. nayelismom

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    I'll take the advice on the desks! Thanks.

    Oh and about the letters, I was told by my mentor that those would be issued to me by the school. That's why I don't have them. But I'll double check with the P. :thanks:
     
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    It looks nice. I think the reason you think it looks so bare is because it is painted white (WHY do schools do this? My room is super white, too. There are other neutrals!!!).

    I agree with the others- you can plaster your room with student work once the year starts! It is easy and fun in 2nd grade! (not so much in 5th, lol. We don't do as much displayable work).
    I WISH I could do that- but all of my reachable wall space is either my whiteboard, a BB, a gigantic window or the backpack/coat area. So, since I have super tall ceilings, I have a lot of posters up. They are all high up where I have to get a ladder to reach them (and use a yardstick to stick the top corners to the wall!).
     
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    I think your room looks great! And I agree that the bare space is a good thing so you can decorate it with student work.
     
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    It looks VERY nice. Absolutely no reason ato feel embarrassed
     
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    It looks so fresh and new. I love it. You will have plenty of space for student work and holiday decorations. Good job.

    I would add a number line - no room is complete without one, I say.
     
  16. Ms.Jasztal

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    With my horseshoe shape, I put two on one side in the front and then three on the other.

    You're doing really well! :) If you want, I can send you plenty of stuff... j/k.
     
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    I think you have done a great job in your room!!
     
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    I think it looks great! I agree with what everyone else said about decorating with the students' work.
     
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    i love your give me five chart! I need one of those!
     
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    It looks excellent actually--inviting and happy.

    Clutter will come--trust us!
     
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    I think it looks great as well.
     
  22. phillygirl

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    I think your room looks great!
     
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    I've been teaching for 12 years and every year I try to make my room look less and less full. I just think it helps to biuld the environment with the kids.

    It looks great to me!

    Kelly :)
     
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    I agree with the other posters. I think you can overwhelm kids with too much stuff. You have covered the basics. Have you thought about a word wall? I know you have a science and math wall which is great but what about high-frequency words?

    Also, I bought that job kit from Target too. It was cute. I was trying to think of another title like "Won't you lend a hand?" or "Helping hands stay out of pockets" I decided to us my other job chart and I am trying to see what I can use this one for. I like the shooting star cards that I thought about using for my star student.
     
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    I love your classroom. Overwhelming, overdecorated classrooms do not help children. I encourage you to keep it just as it is :)
     
  26. clld2tch

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    I'm so glad that you posted your pics! This is my first year too and I was fighting with the same issue. I kept thinking that my room looked so EMPTY...like I was missing so much stuff. You're room is really nice and all of the positive comments makes me feel better about my own room.
     
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    Your room is so tidy and that's a big plus for children, especially when they first come into a new place. You are doing a fine job of putting the room together in a way that works. I can see you different areas. You also have a cute puppet theatre, and I love your Arthur doll. I love that show. Yes, I know it's also a book series, but the show is the only one I actually enjoy that my daughters watch.

    Don't be intimidated by other people's stuff. You are on the right track!
     
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    I agree that your room is very tidy and organized. And I doubly agree that "THE STUFF WILL COME IN TIME." You have what you need to be an awesome teacher. I have a lot on my walls already, and I think it looks cluttered, but we have a list of things that should be on our walls, so I'm doing the best I can. I don't remember seeing a USA/world map...that might be one thing to consider. The other posters are ones you will make with the children; the definition of synonyms/antonyms and exmples, the reading strategies, math clue words, etc. The more you make with the students, the more ownership they will have in the classroom.
     
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    I love your room -- and I agree with the others that it is nice and clutter-free.

    I am one of those people who becomes overstimulated when there is too much visual "stuff" going on. It keeps me from concentrating, and I know there are lots of kids affected in the same way.

    BTW, I love your board with all the undersea creatures.
     
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    Your classroom does look great! And like everyone has said, student work and things you make for specific subjects will go up fast. By the end of the year, you'll be looking for more wall space.

    Anyway, my only suggestion is you might want to look for a big rug on Craigslist or somewhere else (I found a 10'x15' rug on there for free my first year). I have fourth graders and I have them on the floor for read aloud and when I'm doing my specific instruction. With second grade, I would think you might want them on the floor for certain things as well. Just a suggestion to make it a little cozier.
     
  31. WaterfallLady

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    I think a rug might be nice too. Maybe you can get a parent to donate. My sixth and seventh graders sometimes wanted to sit on the floor when we did things. I was broke, so when we wanted to do that, I put tablecloths on the floor because our carpet was gross.
     
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    Your room is cute and organized. I think it looks good. I like how you have all your bulletin boards. The kids will love it.
     

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