What better way to kick off my new blog than with a tour of my very first classroom!
For the 2019-20 school year, I am teaching 6th grade Advisory, Science, and Social Studies at a Title 1 middle school. To be real honest with you… I have one of the forgotten rooms within the school. All of the chairs, stools, tables, lab stations, and equipment are mismatched and abandoned. Teachers used it as an extra space to do labs and a place to store what will probably be never used again. The blinds were dirty and crinkled up, the floor is damaged in areas, the projector is without a remote, and my dry erase boards are made out of white shower boards!!!! To make things more challenging, I have one cupboard and a single built-in shelf and absolutely no counter space.
When I was given the keys this summer and walked into my room, I stood there with a mix of emotions; excited to have my very first classroom and overwhelmed with the idea of making this classroom a safe and inviting learning space. But, with a huge amount of resilience, a growth mindset, and a creative idea or two … I was up for the challenge!
First, let us take a look at the before pictures.
While studying at Idaho State University to become a teacher, I wrote an Informed Belief Statement with Vision within my Classroom Management Plan. A section of this portfolio was entitled, My Classroom Environment. It was here that I began my vision for my future classroom:
My classroom environment is home-like and comfortable; yet, invigorating and vibrant. You see bookshelves, lamps, floor-rugs, a reading area, walls decorated with student work, and curtains hung on the windows giving a sense of belonging. You also see a word wall, an objective bulletin, a large activity calendar, individual student mailboxes, and a homework station giving a sense of focus toward working. You hear the voices of students working together on their literacy project, incorporating what they just read in their book clubs. You smell the aroma of a pumpkin spice wick less candle on my desk, that freshens the room just so. My classroom could be described by a visitor, as an environment conducive to the learning process.
Fortunately, this Spring I was the recipient of the Educator Appreciation Award from Jakers restaurant at the end of my student teaching semester. This provided me with a $500 scholarship that I could use toward my future classroom.
The following pictures are an overview of what I did before school began this August.
My door is probably my favorite part of my classroom. My fabulous husband spent a lot of time measuring, cutting, and gluing to make it just right. I absolutely love how it turned out!
It is the day after Quarter 1’s Student led Parent Teacher Conferences. What a blessing it has been to live out my life-long dream of a teacher and create a space where I get to watch my students grow, learn, and laugh! I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you. I plan to post once a week about creative ideas, lesson plans, projects, and other teacher things.
I hope all of you are having the best year ever!