Welcome to my room! I thought it would be fun to take you on a tour of my classroom. Today is the very first day of school. I took these photos Monday before open house to document the one time of the year when my art room is really clean. When I got to school this morning, there was a cricket. The 'chirping' sound was almost maddening...I couldn't seem to find him, although he was hiding near my desk. Crickets are supposed to be good luck, a sign of a happy, loving home so I'm taking it as a good omen. Even though it made my first class a little crazy....
The little photo board outside my room gets updated a couple of times each year. The blue and red desk it sits on, has been sitting in my garage for 6 years. I finally made myself finish it this summer.
Above, you can see my new rug from World Market and a bookshelf full of books for early finishers. The shelves contain the supplies that I use nearly every day: scissors, glue, crayons etc.
This year, I took some time to really think about what I wanted for my 'art center' area. I primarily use this for my basic skills class, a group of students who come to art with a para. I set up these two shelves with tubs and baskets full of manipulatives. I rotate the contents every month or so and put out new things for the students and take away things that don't get used often. Students take the whole container back to their table and put it back when they are finished. It works out really well. Yesterday, I even labeled all of the containers with color pictures (I finished at the end of the day!)
I don't let my students use my electronic pencil sharpener so I have a pencil exchange available for them to trade out broken pencils for sharp ones during class.
Since I painted one wall blue and rearranged my desk and shelving this year, I freed up a lot of plug-ins that were previously covered by shelving. YAY! Also, I decided to hang up some framed pictures and shelves on the concrete walls using Scotch Outdoor mounting tape. So far so good.
I brought in all of my old scrapbooking shelving from home...which will now serve as a catch-all behind my desk. The statue of liberty was painted by one of my great friends and former student teacher as a decoration for my New York-themed birthday party this year. The tote below it holds my iPads...I am waiting for a new cart that the district has purchased.
I jazzed up my TV with a gold sparkly frame. I am hoping to get some conduit for the cable wires hanging down...but who knows when that will happen...school starts now!