Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday- Room Arrangements PLUS New Teacher Blog Tuesday Feature!!

We are joining up with Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade for Show and Tell Tuesday!  This week, it's all about classroom arrangements!!

Bear with me, we had conferences yesterday and today, so it's been a little hectic.  :O)

Welcome to my classroom!!  This is what you'd see when you first walk in!

Next up, the view from the other side.
I LOVE my carpet space.  You can see that I have the desks shoved over and back so that I have that huge space at the front of my room.  I know it looks cramped for a desk space but my students are really only in their seats for morning work and tests.  Otherwise, they are on the carpet for whole group, at my small group table, or on the floor doing games/centers.

As I have said before, I like them up close and personal when I am teaching so I can make sure they are paying attention!!

In this picture, you can see my library at the front right corner of the room- books sorted by reading level.  The student computer station is connected to the projector for us to use to show video clips, games, and using the Mimio.  You can also see my little table that I sit at to use the document camera.
The drawers are full of student materials- notecards, dry erase markers, crayons, glue, scissors, clipboards, highlighters, etc.  They have easy access!  And of course, the carpet space that I love!!

 The final view of the front of the room. 
And, here's my space.  Yikes.  It looks a mess!  Sorry, but you're not judging, right??  We stack the pillows back here, out of the walking path.  Here's another table in front of my desk that I have my paper-cutter on, my WONDERFUL pencil sharpener, and drawers for notebook and writing paper.  
And, a close up of the mess!  But here's how I get to Stacia in a flash, which I love!!  ( I think I have too much stuff!!)

This is next to the door from the hallway.  We use the buckets to hold all of our language arts materials (reading journal, grammar journal, writing journal, and word study journal).  We ran out of space in our desks and this way, when they come to the carpet, they have everything in their bucket and they don't have to go back and forth to their desk.  Everything is right there at their hands.  When we aren't doing language arts, their buckets sit here.  

Last, but not least, here's a view from standing at the front of the room, facing back.  Here's my small group table and easel   It's nice to have the sink.  We also have a bathroom which we use as a small storage room because we don't allow the students to use it.  I LOVE that I can hide junk in there.  But really, I have two tall metal cabinets in there and a shelf that has all of my math manipulatives on it.  It's nice to be able to keep it out of the way and open up some space.  

So, I hope you enjoyed your visit to my classroom!  Let me know if you have any questions!  I really like the layout and I haven't changed it all year.  I've moved student seats, but I've kept the arrangement.  And when I like something, and it works, it doesn't change!!  (Yes, I can be flexible, but why change something that works?!?)  :O)

Head over and check out other arrangements of classrooms!  I love seeing how everyone else sets up their classroom!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Dana from Fun in 1st Grade for featuring us today on her cutie blog!!  She is so sweet to feature new bloggers every week!!  If you haven't checked out her blog, please head over and do so!  I know you will love her blog just as much as we do!!

New Teacher Blog Tuesday


  1. Everyone has GIANT classrooms! I haven't seen one yet as small as mine! Oh how I wish I had your space and a bathroom! Love it! :)

  2. Love how bright and crisp your classroom looks! I think I need to invest in some new carpet for where we gather for lessons and reading area - they just brighten up the space.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  3. I LOVE the space you have created, and how everything has a home! Looks pretty organized & so very cute to me!! Love the whiteboard especially, with the tubs under it & all the good books displayed! You had me on your first picture!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. Your room looks so organized and together. I love it!

  5. I love your room! You seem very organized and like you are making very good use of the space. I also really like your bright colors. It really livens the place up!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. Your room looks great! Thanks for sharing!
    Science for Kids Blog

  7. Love the idea of having students sitting on the carpet for lessons, I have always thought of this as a primary teaching practice. May have to try it out!

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  8. So clean and organized! And I love your window!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  9. I realize that is the second time I have commented that I like your window--well, I guess you know that I really do! ;)

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  10. Thanks for sharing your room pictures. It looks great. I just had a couple of questions about some of the things in there. I'm assuming those are black dominoes hanging across in one of the pictures? Is that something the kids created or you already had done. What does it say on them?

    Also, do you have the banner file for sale that you have on top of your problem solving posters. I looked but didn't see it in your TpT store.

    Thanks again!


    1. Hey Twyla!

      They are black dominoes- they are the causes that lead up to the American Revolution. If you want to know exactly, you can email me. :O)

      The banner is with the Problem Solving Strategies- Solve it Like a Superhero pack that is in our TpT store.

      Thanks for stopping by our blog! I'm sorry I don't have your email address to email you back.

    2. Thanks for the response Amanda! Will definitely be picking that up! One more quick questions. Is the poster on your whiteboard that looks like it has the superheros on it also have to do with problem solving?

      Just trying to get a few new things done for next year! :)



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