Pictures of my new classroom. YAY!!!!

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    View the classroom pic slideshow here.

    I tried to embed the slideshow in a post but I can't figure out how to do it. (If anyone knows, please let me know? :eek:)

    Anyway, it's a really large room - 25' by 47', with its own sink and bathroom. There's a carpeted section and a tiled section. It's one of their large kindergatren rooms in the kindergarten wing. I'll be teaching 8-9 students with autism, so they're partitioning my room in half and I'll share it with the PT and OT who will be there 2-3 days per week. This is a bit of a drag because there's so much furniture in there now, I'm not sure where I'm going to put it all. Still, I'll have 3/4 of the room (they'll spilt it length-ways) and it's my own classroom so I'm happy! :D

    I was shocked at the amount of furniture and teaching supplies in there. I don't think I'm going to have to purchase much at all and they gave me a pretty decent starting budget! Note the filing cabinet full of folder games. There's also a lot of math manipulatives, a large classroom library, plenty of games, toys, posters, bean bags - even a globe (which was on my wish list).

    I took measurements of everything - my "BB's", the bookshelves, etc. and I'll be laying everything out soon in IKEA's home planner so I can get a 3-D image of the layout.
     
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  3. smalltowngal

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    Looks like you have a lot to work with. I like all the bulletin board space.
     
  4. MiddleGradesLA

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    How exciting for you! I bet you are ready to get in there and make it yours! Doesn't it feel real now that you've seen your classroom? Congrats!
     
  5. hescollin

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    Sites with free folder activities.

    Here is a list of free folder activities, if you want to add more. I love your room.

    At this site you will find 38 file folder games.
    www.enchantedlearning.com in search put file folder games

    www.preschoolprintables.com

    http://www.ourschoolfamily.com/Literacy Props.htm

    http://www.littlegiraffes.com/storyprops1.html

    http://www.state.ar.us/childcare/coloring.html
    http://www.childcareland.com/filefoldergames.html
    http://www.education.com/common/res...h/971006km.html
    http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec...ard/Matrix.html
    http://www.nuttinbutkids.com/filefolder.htm
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/filefoldergames/
    http://kootweb.com/games.html
    http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/games.html
    http://www.preschoolprintables.com/...ilefolder.shtml
    http://www.teachingheart.net/primar...rtimesaver.html
    [http://www.webeans.net/hutt/ffgames.htm
    http://208.183.128.3/tutorials/gameboard.htm

    www.teachersdesk.org
    It is designed for grades 5/6 but all the activities can be adapted for other grades. There are tons of ideas for file folder games (though they aren't labeled as such) and portable centers. I just browsed through the spelling activities and games and they are great. Lots of things you can copy to Word and print out.

    There are tons of math games to print, put some into protective plastic sleeves, and use for all grade levels and math standards. Yes, you do have to search through files called "Week by Week Essentials", but there is a different game for every week of the school year. The games cover skills that are taught (or reinforced) at each grade level K-6, so you could use some for below level reinforcement or other higher level ones for enrichment if you needed or wanted to. They are easy to prepare, and the kids like them. I used them in conjunction with the Take It To Your Seat centers. I hope you find something you can use here!

    Link for K-2
    http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/mat...s_k2_resou.php

    Link for gr. 3-5
    http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/mat...35_resou_1.php

    centers/math games using playing cards. I have used them all year - little prep and the kids love them!
    http://www.brokenhilld.det.nsw.edu.au/card_games.htm



    Take pretty colored plain file folders. Paste a 6x8 brown envelope on the back. Put your name on the back. Put the kind of game on the tab. (at rhyming words OR 5 plus math OR whatever) Color your game and glue it on the folder. Leave the same pieces on the large sheet AND laminate then cut out your small pieces and put them in the zipper zip lock baggie. Put the baggie in the envelope, if you don't put the parts in a bag they get caught in the corners and the envelope tears.
     
  6. emmakate218

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    Wow, you lucked out with the file cabinent of file folder games! It looks like you have a nice, open space to work with!
     
  7. INteacher

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    IT'S HUGE!! :)

    WOW - it is really a huge room so how lucky are you :2up: And I am green with envy looking at all your bookshelves and filing cabinets. Have you decided on a theme yet??
     
  8. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Wow, hescollin, thank you so much for all of those links and information on file folder games. That was really sweet of you to type all that out for me! I'll definitely check it all out! Thanks! :)

    IN, I have to share the room with the occupational and physical therapists. But after they take their portion (which will be walled off, I'm told) I'll have a 17' x 47' room. BZZZZZzzzzz, right down the middle.

    Forget themes, I'm still trying to figure out how to (and WHERE to) put all of that furniture in the space I'm left with! All while keeping computer cords and outlets in mind.

    I'm thinking about putting my desk in front of the BB board and sink and the kids desks facing the BB board (white board). I could put all the toys and games and such by the window. And put the computer station on the tile floor by the door. ??? I DON'T KNOW. :lol: I'm still numb. What? I'm a teacher now? WHAT DO I DO???? :)
     
  9. Kangaroo22

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    That's a great room! Even when your room is split-up it will still be big!
     
  10. MissWull

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    Nice! I always like to see how classrooms look in other states/areas. Very big, lotta wall space!
     
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    Wow! What a huge room...even if you split it off, you will still have plenty of space. How lucky for you to have the filing cabinets and such left for you, and full of resources! Good luck during your first year.
     
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    Hescollin, that was a great list. Your link for 3-5 didn't work however. I was wondering if it was down. I came to this thread just to look at pictures of other rooms and now found tons of new material..thanks:)
     
  13. Missy99

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    Looks great, ZoomZoomZOOM! Bet you can't wait to get started on it!!!
     
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    Wow, Missy99! That's a great classroom.

    It's so weird to me how schools put one tiny bookshelf in classrooms. Hello? If they put 4 or 5 shelves, teachers would then think, 'oh, I must fill 4 or 5 shelves', and they would have amazing libraries. Instead, those of us with large libraries are left scrambling to find our own shelving to provide kids with books! So weird!
     
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    Yes, jem, especially when you look at that massive bank of locking cabinets as compared to the one dinky open bookshelf -- it's like we are locking everything away from the kids except one little bit for them!

    That's okay, because I do have a some spare bookshelves, and I have been known to drive my truck through the neighborhood on heavy trash day, looking for treasure :)

    Now, if only I could change the color of that one salmon wall -- yeeech! I think a GIANT poster will be covering that up!
     
  17. Jem

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    Ha! I was wondering if you could get a custodian to take a few doors off for you and open them up for bookshelves.
     
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    Missy-I love your room! I actually like the salmon wall. Of course it looks dark in the photos and could be a lighter color in real life. I agree with asking a custodian to take some doors off for you.
     
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    ZoomZoomZOOM, we are both so lucky to have gotten such good rooms. And I am so glad you got a lot of things you were needing!

    Now what we have to do is pass the good luck onto the next person :)

    Smalltowngal -- I will gladly give you the salmon wall :) And I will ask about the possibility of removing the doors. I think it will make the room that much friendlier!
     
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    Missy, you're room looks brand new - everything is so shiny and clean-looking! Is this a newer school? You're lucky, girl. My classroom actually had a ceiling tile that was on the floor because of a water leak!
     
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    ZoomZoomZOOM -- the school is only one year old, so nothing has fallen apart yet :lol:

    I hope they got your leak fixed. Make really good friends with school maintenance -- from what I hear, along with the school secretary maintenance will be your best friends!
     
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    My room has changed 3 times. I was going to be by the offices, then I was far away from eveyone in another hall, and now I am "where I should be". The person who's room I ma taking has to move and I feel sad for her because she doesn't want to and I can't blame here. She has a ton of stuff. I don't have pictures yet but basically it is perfectly square with white board and screen in front and windows and shelving across the back. I am not sure what will be left in it.

    If I have to buy book shelves, I am getting white ones and painting the backs like the picture Jem posted a while back.

    Zoom---your thread has been totally hijacked...Sorry!


    I am happy for you that your room is so huge. If you have too much furniture, just stick the extra in the hall with a note on it.
     
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    I was just going to post that tip about moving out the furniture. I had 20+pieces of furniture in my room when I moved into it. It was just tooo much in such a small space. I ended up putting notes on most of it, and I had the custodians remove it. Good luck setting everything up!
     
  24. Jem

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    Hooray! I can't wait to see them. I really want to do that, too. Hopefully I can find some at garage sales this summer.

    I would post pictures of the room I'm going to be in, but it's all the old teacher's stuff and I don't want ANYONE to think I would have a room like that. Can we say MESSY? Eeeek! And she's leaving, and I have to move all that stuff to the new second grade room, and then move all the third grade stuff to that room for me! Does that make sense? We're all moving room. And we only get one week. I'm going to have to be an crazy organized person for that to happen smoothly.

    Man, I'm so excited! My stomach is doing flip flops!

    Ok, enough hijacking. Back to Zoom Zoom's room. :woot:
     
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    :lol: Hijack away, folks. I enjoy seeing pics of everyone's classrooms.
     

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