Science Room

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  1. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    These are my BEFORE pictures--- today was the first day I got into my classroom (I've seen it before) and now I get to start organizing and decorating.

    I'm still not sure about the seating. I don't have enough tables to properly seat children in groups of 4 (which is really annoying) and the tables are really thin. (There's a rumor they want to redesign my classroom so maybe next year I'll have a better set up) So perhaps the seating will change, not sure yet.

    All the cabinets are also not really organized. I thought they were, but they're not. I'm going to (during the school year because I won't have time prior) dedicate one cabinet to one grade (I teach 4 grades) for the top cabinets. Maybe I'll use the bottom cabinets to hold text resources???

    And I'm planning to hang curtains up around the smart board to hid all that mess. It's actually a big whole that leads into the next classroom--- it use to be one huge classroom, so hopefully if I can find some thick curtains it'll help with the noise.

    Still not sure about my desk, it might end up in the corner next to the windows because that's where the phone is and I really love natural lighting.

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    (Back of the classroom--- where I'm planning on having students do lab work)

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    (Side view of the front of my room--- showing where I might put my teacher's desk)

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    (Front of the classroom--- I want to cover the bookshelves with curtains/cloth. One closet holds chemicals and the other is a mess of test tubes and other things)

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    (Side of my room-- a nice big chalkboard and two bulletin boards that I'm planning on covering with cloth)

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    (Other side of the classroom with lots of lighting--- AC and heat come out here too. I might move the bookshelf and maybe the cabinet, not sure yet. I am planning on covering the windowsill with plants.)

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    (View from my classroom door)

    I'm planning on having my fiance and maybe my sister come in the afternoon to bring in supplies and help me move stuff around. So I'll hopefully have more done by then and can take some nicer look pictures :thumb:
     
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  3. Ladybug Teacher

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    You have a really nice room. Your plans sound great, can't wait to see it!
     
  4. ganapriya

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    wow this is a sophisticated classroom.
     
  5. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I'm sitting in the room right now and just staring around me. There's so much to do and so very very little time before school starts that I have no clue where to start. Perhaps it would be just a good idea to decorate and put a few things up and then just organize as the school year happens.
     
  6. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    A little progress was made. Today I did work on the bulletin boards (which I should be able to finish tomorrow and plan out what I want to put on them), started organizing the teacher's resources library and started organizing the tons of materials in that classroom.

    Tomorrow I'm planning finishing the organization of art supplies (I was able to buy a ton of glue sticks, glue, and tape, plus some other stuff at Dollar Tree for only $24!), the teacher's resources library and the student's resources library area, finish the look and touch area I'm designing (I don't believe in hiding stuff we'll study that year, so I'm putting out bones, rocks, magnets, etc for the kids to play with). Then I can probably focus on lesson planning--- most of the cleaning up will happen through out the year as I see what supplies I use and which I don't.
     
  7. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Finished decorating today. I still will have to organize the student library, the teacher library, and ALL of the cabinets, but I'm not going to kill myself with getting that done prior to the start of the school year. As I need stuff, I'll organize stuff. :) I think I did a pretty good job!

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    My cabinets will be used for bulletin boards-- 1 set per grade. I also finally found paper towels and purchased soap, a sponge, and brought in my big thing of hand sanitizer (I put a note on it saying they need to wash their hands before using it).

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    I placed one student desk by the window in case a child needs to work on something not related to the lesson (make up work, etc). I will need to purchase some more plants to cover up that space, but I don't want to cover up the heaters too much.

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    My desk-- I love how it turned out! I like having a lamp on my desk so that I can turn off the overhead lights (they hurt my eyes) and relax. I also placed a student's chair so that we can have conferences when talking about project proposals or writing pieces. I also have a large bookshelf behind my desk to provide plenty of space to put things.

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    I call this my look and touch counter--- I place just a ton of different things to draw in a student's curiosity. Students are welcome to come over to this spot and investigate the different objects if their work is done. I also enjoy it when a student brings something in that I can add to the collection. As I find stuff, I'll change it up. Below this counter is a space to place the students' book bags so we don't trip over them and below that, a small open space to place reading books not needed.

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    My craft cabinet-- everything is neatly labeled and I have special blue containers of items that we can take with us when we go on trips or we need to spread out over the classroom to work on projects. It's on wheels so I can easily move it around the classroom. We also have our science resource handbooks on there for quick access.

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    Science notebook format--- I made each one by hand (it took over an hour to create and laminate them) so that students have a quick reference on how to set up their notebook page. Below that is a filing cabinet I'll keep student files and on top of it my ELMO.

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    My chalkboard-- I'll be using the blue bulletin board as a planning board so that students know what they'll be doing that week.

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    I just loved that I put curtains up! I simply used a super glue to attach the curtain rod hangers on and it was able to hold up the curtain rod no problem. The green curtain I pinned up because the rod was way too big so I have to get another one. I think with the curtains it'll be less distracting than if the children could see the books there. Curtain rods were $2 each, curtains were $5 a panel (I bought 4 panels all together-- 2 blue and 2 green), so a total of $14 to make it look cute. The blue door will have writing tips for the kids to refer too-- it cost me $1.50 for the blue plastic table cloth and $4 for the black borders.

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    View from my classroom door. I just really love how the class turned out. :)
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    Looks great!
     
  9. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Thank you! :) I can't wait to start filling it up with photos and projects.
     
  10. Kangaroo22

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    You've done a great job, BioAngel!
     
  11. dibba

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    Very nice science room, I bet the kids love it.
     
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    Your room is/was so cute!!!!
     
  13. Ms. Geography

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    You did a great job with your classroom!
     
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    Woo-hoo you looked set to go!
     
  15. iloveschool

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    WOW!!! It looks great!!!!
     
  16. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    This is from the 10-11 school year, so right now my room is a mess because they have summer camp in it. I won't be going in to fix it up until August 15th (Monday after camp wraps up). But I'll make sure to take some pictures-- some of it will look different. The kids did like the room-- they loved the plants and the colors, but I want to change some of it around :)
     
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    Awesome! I really like the way the tables are arranged!
     
  18. MrBiology

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    Are you going to have the same room this year? I'm interested to see what if anything you decide to change up. I still haven't seen my science room yet (first year teacher, I go in tomorrow to see it)
     
  19. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    How exciting! I remember how much time I spent in my room my first year-- I think it was most of my summer vacation. :p

    I will be in the same room this year and I have a few projects I want to finish up before the school year:
    1) Finish my classroom library. I used the site "LibraryThing" to add all of the science books that I have in my classroom and made my own catalog. The site lets you create a widget to add to your classroom web-sites (it works in online sites like Moodle too) and students can then search for books any time. I'd like to add stickers to each of the books so students and I can put them back in the right spot more easily.

    2) Organize my cabinets. I don't think anybody has cleaned them out since 10 years ago, I have to be honest. It is disgusting and a waste of some really nice resources. (I found owl pellets in a box that must have been there a long time-- it was really stinky in the box which means they've been sitting for awhile :( ) I'd like to put a sticky note of what in each cabinet inside the cabinet door to help me find supplies faster.

    3) Use my cabinet space as resource boards instead of regular bulletin boards. I now have a huge bulletin board out in the hallway that is just for my classroom so I'm planning on putting student work out there and using my classroom space to put information up (such as how do scientists plan an experiment?).

    I'm not sure how much more I can tackle before the start of the year. Good luck with you room (post pictures!!).
     
  20. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    And I have to be honest, the table set up was horrible! I have very light tables so I was constantly fixing them after a single period. I ended up having to put two tables together to make a group table and space them out.

    This year I'm doing the same thing-- group tables. I'm thinking about using electrical tape to literally tape tables together and using it to mark the floor on where tables should be so students can fix them up before leaving.
     
  21. Mrs. Q

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    I love it!! Where did you get those curtains? I've thought about doing something similar to cover up a bookshelf I had and loved seeing the way yours turned out.
     
  22. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    ~bumping~

    The saga continues... After a year, my school has been able to raise enough funds to redo my science classroom and the science classrooms in the upper school as well. It's been in the plans for 4 years, so most of the design was set in place when I got to my school two years ago. I was able to meet with the architecture and the contractor to discuss what I would like in my classroom-- I'm keeping my cubby area for tote bags and getting a whiteboard instead of a chalkboard (I love to color code things and I hate chalk).

    However, the downside was that I was asked to pack up the whole classroom (I had a choice: either me or packers... I'm not going to let random people pack my room! And it needed a really good cleaning)... I was given 2 weeks to do it (while still teaching and going to meetings). I finished it yesterday evening (the last day to work on it) at 6pm. :)

    So this is what the room currently looks like....
    http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q40/jerseyangel0307/Packed up classroom/?albumview=slideshow

    I think I must have thrown out close to 20 large trash bags. :)

    In Aug/Sept, I'll be unpacking the new classroom and I'll update this thread with new pics :thumb:
     
  23. AlwaysAttend

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    I look forward to seeing the new room. Best of luck.
     
  24. Teacher Chele

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    This room looks great and how exciting to be getting a newly redone room.
     
  25. howdyaggie12

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    I teach fifth grade science and have a love/hate relationship with my room. I love the tile floor because we tend to get very messy with our investigations. I hate that we have hardly any storage space. I'm jealous of everyone with cabinets!!! I basically have one wall of shelves that run half way up the wall for half the wall. These shelves store all our textbooks and some community supplies. No sink in my room also drives me crazy!

    I haven't figured out a good arrangement for my tables. I have seven tables and 29-30 kids. They are basically set up with 3 tables on the left side of the room and 4 tables on the right side. All the tables face the front of the room. I'm not crazy about the arrangement, but can't seem to figure out a better way to set it up.

    I'll be watching to see what you do with the room!
     
  26. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I'm lucky to have cabinets and the fact that my cabinet space will be doubling next school year. The only thing that really stinks for me is that because I have cabinets on two walls, windows on one wall, and the whiteboard/Smartboard on another wall, I have NO hanging up space what-so-ever. And because of how the principal and headmaster wanted the cabinets to look, it won't be easy for me to tape posts/visuals/student work on to them. So to me: that really stinks. I could probably give up one set of the top cabinets so I could have a bulletin board but that wasn't how the classroom was designed (this was a 4 year process-- I was only here for 2 years of that process so I had limited input).

    I would check what your state laws say about things like sinks, etc. If the classroom is the science lab, it has to follow certain standards-- that's why I'm getting more safety gear in my classroom: a chemical shower/eye wash and a safety goggles case to sterilize them/store them, plus I'm going from one sink to 4 sinks. (Which I'm very thrilled about since I'm starting a new chemistry unit next year) If your classroom isn't labeled the science lab then certain standards/laws won't apply to your classroom. But still I would talk to your P and let them know what your needs are to safely do science activities in the room. [If you don't have any sinks, I would purchase some large plastics totes and large pitchers and always have some water on hand]

    Do the tables HAVE to face the front of the room? My new classroom design has it like that, but I did ask to have wheels on the tables so I could move them around and have them work in groups. Something I've done is that every month I put the tables together differently around the classroom and see how it works out. I don't take into consideration if a table is or is not facing a board or smartboard-- kids can always turn their chairs around/bodies around to see. And because of that, it shows them it is more about THEM and their work, than me teaching them. (I am lucky that I don't have any classes that are more than 20 students, so I don't have the same issues that you would with a larger class and seating everybody)

    I do focus on how large of a group I want my students to work in-- some activities are better done with 3-4 students, some are better done in pairs. What's great is that my new design will have 3 students sitting at a table, which I think is the best grouping over-all. So even if the students will be facing one way, at least they're in small groups together.

    These are pictures from my first year of teaching and its in a different classroom, but I wanted to show you one of the arrangements I've used:

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    This is a nice one too-- groups (I think at least) shouldn't be bigger than 4 students and I like how the tables are spread out around the classroom too:
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    This is a nice one because once again, the tables are spread out and the materials table (the table that no students work at/sit at, but has all the materials you need for an activity) is placed in the center-- this works very well and helps speed up clean up time:
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    One last tip: Don't feel that your students have to work at tables. For my younger students, we will often push the tables out to the edges of the room and use the middle space to do activities together on the floor. My 3rd graders and 4th graders love doing this-- plus it allows them to do more moving around than being stuck at a table. So you could try that as well-- just make sure you have pants that are easily washed since I tend to get just as messy as the kiddos when we're on the floor. ;)
     
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    How exciting! Good luck with the redesign!
     
  28. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Just wanted to share... I'm tempted to drive out to my school and see if they've done anything on my classroom. But I then a part of me doesn't want to know in case they haven't started yet (will they be finished for Sept!?!) or if its gutted out too much I might freak too. It shouldn't be that difficult... I would think...

    Going back is gonna be like waiting for Christmas :p
     
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    Wow, your room is so eye-catching!
     
  30. harun55

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    I really missed those days when i was in school and specially science room where i discovered some new ideas.
     
  31. Avery

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    I love the maze of desks. And the look and touch center is a really cool idea!
     
  32. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Just updating... cause I'm ready to freak out from stress :) Classroom won't be ready until maybe the day before class starts. The counter tops won't be in until the day before- I'm praying they'll install them that day. I should have my desk and student desks ready... the cabinets should have doors on them so I can put away some stuff.. I just won't have counter tops. LOL

    Well if this is the worst thing that happens this school year, I'm going to have an AWESOME year :)
     
  33. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Only thing missing from my classroom- still- are the glass that is suppose to go into the cabinet windows. When I took these, my demo table, av cart, and laptop cart weren't in place. Plus there's some trash hanging around, but the classroom is wonderful. Kids and I love it! :)

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    My new blue wall- I didn't know they were planning to do this until I came in to work lol. Two whiteboards and a brand new HUGE Smartboard too (at the time the projector wasn't up). That wall is where I have my demo table and av cart against- my demo table is against the whiteboard on the right (class agendas and schedule goes up there.

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    Left-wall with student desks and my teacher nook.

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    Mr. Bones :)

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    My teacher nook- you can see my demo table but it's a different position now. I'm waiting on a tall chair to be delivered hopefully soon.

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    Part of my teacher nook with all my duckies :)

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    One of the sinks- I went from 1 sink to 4!!!

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    New lower ceiling with modern lighting. I love the lighting because the lights turn off if nobody moves around for awhile and there's an AV setting to make my smartboard look better (and it's better for my eyes too).

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    The windows have turned into the "back of the classroom" with a handmade cubby area for our tote bags. I've greatly reduced my science library of books and still have a touch and see area for random run science stuff that kids can play with. Those bins hold student notebooks if I have to do grading or they don't have homework.

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    Little student craft area.

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    Right side of the classroom- I love the storage area I have on top of the cabinets :)

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    New safety glasses storage case with UV light :) I love that I have a proper place to store the safety glasses now. I have to buy a set of 20 safety goggles though.

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    View from the blue wall- those student desks are HUGE and heavy. The tops are quartz slabs. Beautiful tables!

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    View from my brand new classroom door.

    I'm sooo thrilled now that I'm unpacked and teaching again :)
     
  34. AlwaysAttend

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    Looks awesome.
     
  35. Rebecca1122

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    So nice! I met with the architect that is designing our new building last year and hope to have many upgrades in my science lab like you! The lighting would also be a major plus for me too... I HATE our florescent lights!
     
  36. Sincere

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    Your room looks great! I was impressed with the pictures you posted 2 years ago and your upgrades are nice as well. I'm planning on taking a few of these awesome ideas ;)
     

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