Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New position, new room, therefore new classroom design!

If you have been following me (and that isn't too many of you), I am still trying to figure out this blogging thing.  My goal is to blog more once the school year hits in September, so in the meantime I will be trying to get more followers and write more posts. 
Anyway, in the fall I will be the fourth grade ELA teacher for the entire grade.  I am super excited to only be teaching ELA!!!!!!! And still in my absolute favorite grade!  Because of the new switch, I have to move my classroom so I thought it would be the best time to upgrade my classroom design/look.  I will be going with a neon pink, neon green, and black themed classroom.  I have found some cute items to go in my classroom as well as have been busy creating new classroom library and supply labels in these fab colors!  Has anyone seen any cute borders that would match this design?

Monday, June 18, 2012

What to do with unfinished work???

Ever wonder how to keep track of your students' unfinished work???  Over the years my co-teachers and I have used many different ways from clipping work on the side of their desk with magnets to folder in their seat sack (sack on the back of their chair).  However these were not by any means succesful.  A view years ago we got the idea to put their work in binders with clear plastic sheets.  We numbered the sheets and each student got their own.  When it was time to start a subject, students would go to one of the two binders and put their unfinished work in it.  We also used it for any corrections or absent work as well.  They have been the easiest and best way to keep track of unfinished work!  A quick look through and you know who has unfinished work and who doesn't!

The binder

The clear sheets, numbered

Unfinished work clearly shown

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Homework Club

One of my favorite individual classroom incentives is Homework Club.  I started this my first year of teaching to encourage students to do their homework each night assigned.  In order to become a member each month, you must complete all assignments.  Then you get your name on our Homework Club wall (see pictures below), a treat, a certificate, and are able to eat in our classroom for lunch one day with all of the other kiddos who earned it.  At the beginning of each month the slate is wiped clean and you can try again.  Over the years I have only had a small number of kids actually make it all year and this year I had 10 out of 24! I couldn't believe it!!! So proud of these kids!

The wall

Their name is put on a "holiday" or "season" themed die-cut and hung under the month.

Maybe this might be something you might want to try to encourage homework to be done and not forgotten! :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

End of the Year Craziness

So I am still trying to figure out this whole blogging thing and have been super busy at school.  We were informed that many of us are changing rooms next year since the 6th graders will now be moved from the middle/high to our elementary school.  And guess who gets to move?  That is right, ME!  Although I am not excited to pack everything done, I am going to change the look of my classroom.  I am going with a neon pink and green and black theme which I am super excited about. I have already started purchasing items to match my room.  I've been also trying to plan out the new set up of my room since I'm going from a large rectangular room to a small square room.  That is the part I get frustrated with since my OCD kicks in and I want it done before I leave for the summer since I have many projects awaiting me this summer.  On the brighter side, there are only 7 more school days left!!! Yipee!!!