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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Peek into my {In Progress} Classroom Set Up

As I've been working on my classroom, I've shared a few pictures here and there of some spots in my classroom.  It's nowhere NEAR done, but several people have asked for source lists as well as labels. Here they are!  Please know that these documents were originally just intended for use in my classroom, so they haven't been totally optimized for spacing, paper or ink saving purposes, etc. Please enjoy if you can!


I made my Accountable Talk bulletin board in both English and Spanish since I teach in a Spanish Immersion Classroom.  You can download the Accountable Talk letters free HERE and the bilingual speech bubbles free HERE and the English only speech bubbles HERE.  I left a little bit of the black border around each one when I printed them out.


I also made my labels for the book bins this year.  You can download them free HERE.  One trick that I use on ALL of my bins and labels is VELCRO!  You can replace it easily, there is no residue when you remove it, and they NEVER fall off. It's so fast, too!  Here is a link to the kind of Velcro I use.


The bins are from Really Good Stuff, the supply caddies and other pencil holders on top are from Mardel.  The bins on each side of the bookcases are for the pillows on the floor.  They will need to go in the bins every night for vacuuming and cleaning purposes.  The hexagon table in view is at sitting height.  Each student has a bin for their folders and notebooks, and the binders on the bottom shelf are still waiting for their spine labels. :) 


Here is a bigger look at one corner of my room.  It's still very incomplete, as I'm waiting for seating to arrive (we are getting Hokki stools!), need to fill the bookshelf with books, make schedule labels, etc.  I'll save that for another post!  Desk and chair are both from IKEA, and that space will be used for my laptop and document camera as well as another sitting option for students to work independently.  You can read more about the rainbow task card organizer HERE. :) 


Another year long bulletin board that I have done is my IB Bulletin Board.  I teach in an International Baccalaureate school, so we always have these elements posted in the room and refer to them frequently.  You can download the titles HERE, but please note I mounted them on scrapbooking paper to make them match the rest of the room, so they don't have the pretty borders as shown in the pictures. :)


Unfortunately, I can't help much with my beloved Instagram board (which looks much more crinkly in the photo than in person)!  My sweet mom cut the letters out from her Cricut, and I just printed the Instagram logo. I tacked the squares up and plan to rotate them out with pictures and new hashtags throughout the year. If you are Cricut savvy, HERE is the link to the Instagram letters that my mom used.


We have moved to a full flexible seating model this year, so we eliminated the teacher desk.  We are using modified crate seats (my teammate's husband actually custom built these cute chairs, but you can accomplish a similar look with crate seats!), and students can stand on the empty edge of the desk if desired.




I made my Growth Mindset bulletin board this year using scrapbook paper as the background and the labels from THIS TpT shop.  You can download the letters that say, "Change Your Mindset" free HERE.



I still have so much more to do in my classroom, and we go back next Wednesday! Eek!  I'll be sure to post full classroom pictures once it's totally done. :) Happy back to school!




15 comments:

  1. I've been swooning over your pictures on IG as you post them. Your room is coming along great! Thank you for all of the awesome freebies. :) LOVE the book bin labels! Do you happen to recall what font you used for your letters (like Accountable Talk)? I start on Monday for PD and still can't get into my classroom (hopefully soon). Our kids start on the 18th.

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    1. Hi Mikaela! Thanks so much. It is KG Blank Space Solid. :)

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    2. Awesome, thank you so much!

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  2. Thanks for being so generous with your work! Your room looks like one I would want to come and learn in. Have a GREAT YEAR!!

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  3. Your room looks great. I am thinking of trying flexible seating too this year, so I will be looking forward to reading how it goes in your class. I was wondering where you found the white and turquoise desk and chair. Turquoise is my favorite color. Best of luck as you finish your preparations. We also start back next week.

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  4. WOW! You are one super organized and creative person! I love the pictures of your classroom - I am not going to lie, I am pretty jealous of how 'put together' your room looks. All teachers know how much time and hardwork it takes to make your room look so fabulous. GREAT JOB! Thanks for sharing the pictures (and the awesome links as well!) Have a WONDERFUL year!

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  5. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing your hard work as well. And Cricut...on line?! Who knew?...not me!!! I've d/l and now need to find 'destructions' on how to use it with my cricut machine. I'm seeing so many posts about flexible seating...and am interested to see how it works before diving in myself. Hoping you have posts throughout the year on this.

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  6. Having spent the last two days arranging my room, your blog was timely! You room looks wonderful, love your color selection and all your suggestions.

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  7. I love your pictures! Always great to get ideas. Are you still teaching 3rd grade?

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  8. I've been out of the teaching game for a year doing the whole stay-at-home mom gig and I must have missed the 'Growth Mindset' thing! Where can I learn more?!

    Stephanie
    Mrs. Cain's Creations

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  9. Hi Mary - I've used accountable talk for quite a few years with my 4th graders, and have been searching for an updated version of the posters that I have. Love the speech bubbles! Is there any way for you to add more sentence starters? There are several that I use consistently that would be great to add on. Thanks! Susan

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  10. My color scheme is relatively the same for my sophomore English classroom. I have a few pictures on my blog. My teacher friend has been trying to transition into a flexible seating classroom. The admin isn't that receptive to it, but she is trying this year. She has several exercise balls, stand up desk options, and some other options. Is your whole school district going to flexible seating or is it just for the school?
    http://littlewhitedeskwritings.wordpress.com

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  11. Your room looks awesome! Thank you for linking all these amazing freebies. I'm excited to get my growth mindset board up and I love your version of the accountable talk posters. Have a great school year and please know how much all your generous work is appreciated!!

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  12. Thanks for sharing! Love the IG and Growth Mindset boards, going to use those ideas in my room (first time with a classroom in 3 years, so excited!) :-)

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  13. I love your blog, and use it so frequently as a resource for many things! Where did you get the signs above your whiteboard? The "applied thinker," etc...

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