Discussion in 'Classroom Photos' started by Ted, Aug 16, 2013.
Aug 16, 2013
Please ignore the messy desk!
Love it! What do you do with the raffle? I mean, I know what a raffle is, but I couldn't read the tickets on the wall!
Organized and fun! Loved the little shot of you in the mirror!
Wow! That is the most awesome room! Great job.
What is Xarthonia? What are the bushels?
Love the music!!!
Love it! I have many of the same posters!
Love it!! It looks great!
Are the bushels like bucket fillers? I really like the sentence starters for those...
Also, I love the CA flag shirt.
I'm curious about the raffle as well, and that board that's divided into four sections.
Wow! Thank you all so much for the very kind words and compliments.
Raffle: Every month the students (Monkeys) have a chance to wing some prizes in a raffle. They earn tickets by either answering various questions correctly, birthday coupon redemption, collecting enough stars (incentive system), etc.
Xarthonia (the sectioned wall) - a bit longer to explain. Basically, many years ago I created a fictional world where there are Regions (Nickadorf - underground; Quibaliff - ice; Calliwong - volcano; Zottylum - jungle). The students are placed in the Region at the start of the year and remain in it the entire year (four groups of eight). I tell stories and the kids have to help their character (each Region has a main character) get through the story (like "Choose your own adventure") or fight monsters by answering academic questions. There are also Region Challenges, contests, etc. The kids EAT it up...and I have seniors in high school coming back and asking how their Region is doing. Very cute.
Thank you for your interest in my room!
Oops! Yes...bushels are like "bucket fillers".
Loved it! My favorite part was the mirror, too
Can you tell us what the bucket-filler apples say?
Very, very nice! All the guys I've worked with have had minimalist rooms. You have a great room!
Love the Cafe!
Aug 17, 2013
I can't recall here at home what they say, but generally things like:
"I am glad you're my friend because..."
"I really think you're good at..."
"I admire you for your skill at..."
Basically sentence starters for the kids.
Giraffe- thanks for the kind words! Yes, there is another upper grade male teacher and he has a minimalist approach (he teaches 5th grade). I sometimes worry that my room is too "cutesy", but I shrug and just figure - if I can't be happy in my own classroom, then how would I expect my students to be?
It's awesome, Ted.
What is the top banana thing? It looks like something really fun. It said something about previous winners and this week's nominees or something like that.
I really love the sentence starters for the bucket filling, and will steal them for my class!
Thank you very much, Schoolteacher!
The top banana - well, actually, this is something new. I saw the "Top Banana" awards at Oriental Trading Company and thought they were very monkey-appropriate. So then my wheels spun and I came up with the following idea:
Each week, I'll be taking nominations for the top banana (for the following week). This will be on merit (courteous, respectful, honest, hard worker, team player, etc.) I will most likely get more than THREE, so I will probably just randomly choose THREE and let the others know they were nominated ("Keep up the good work!"). The students will then vote on Friday for the TOP banana and that person, the following week, will get the statue, his/her name in the "high part of the tree", and be line leader for the entire week.
Edit to add: once a student has one TB once, they may not win it again the rest of the year (in my hopes that EVERYBODY will have an opportunity for the honor). Thus the "Previous Winners" listing.
Beta stage...so we'll see how it goes.
Oh, I am really liking that! Is that where you got the banana trophy - at OTC? And when you say they get the statue, do you mean they keep it on their desk, or they get one to keep?
Aug 19, 2013
Awesome room, Ted!
schoolteacher - Yes, I got the statue (set of 12, so I bought 3 sets) at OTC. They will keep it as a memory.
smalltowngal - thanks so much! I think the kids liked it today. I hope!
Thanks very much, HistTchr! Not sure how neat it will remain, but it's a start!
Aug 21, 2013
I love how you use the monkey theme throughout your rom. very cute!
Thank you for noticing that, Geologygirl! Yes, I figure by the time I retire, I'll have more monkeys than the Brooklyn Zoo!
My grandson is going into 4th. grade and I know he would love your room. It's very inviting!
Aug 22, 2013
That's a high compliment, Grammy Teacher... and it's greatly appreciated!
Sep 1, 2013
I love your room! I also love the background song on your video.
Thank you very much, TamiJ! Yes, I was looking for a song from my iTunes when this seemed appropriate.
I tried to click on the link but it said video is unavailable. It sounds like you have an awesome room!
Hmm...odd that it doesn't work for you. Seems to work for me.
Sorry about that...but thanks for the compliment, nonetheless!
This is AWESOME!! Definitely something your students will never forget - what a fun way to build community!
Sep 2, 2013
Thank you, MissScrimmage! Yes, Xarthonia is quite the hit... although this year's group is coming very close to losing it... it's quite an immature group (across the grade it seems).
I was able to accessed it today. It's more than great, Ted! Love the Cafe idea. You also gave me an idea concerning the mirror. I want to place one by the door and incorporate it with my NY theme some how.
I bet you're a great teacher!
Thank you for the compliment, and I'm glad you were able to access it.
Love the idea of NY and your mirror. Hmm...I wonder if you could purchase somewhere a simple stencil of a NY skyline or cityscape? Then just put it on the mirror and use glass etching cream? Or maybe find something in vinyl and put it on the bottom of the mirror?
Thanks for the idea. I'm thinking that perhaps I'll get one of those locker magnetic mirrors and put some sort of border around it like your vinyl idea and them either bling it up or put some of the NY stickers I purchased from Hobby LObby.
Oct 27, 2013
I love your room! I especially love the idea you have with the different world and four factions. I think that is amazing and unique. It reminds me of a video game I've played.
May 10, 2014
I like it.
Jul 3, 2014
Spacious & Neat.