Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Classroom 2013

Wow, another school year is here! I can't believe that this will be my fourth year teaching... so weird. As each new year approaches, it never fails that I turn into a crazy person who spends hours working in my classroom with no air conditioning and plan meticulously all of the things that I want to do better. Then staff development week hits and without fail, something new is thrown at us and I am left scrambling to figure out how it will fit into my "meticulous plans". I suppose I wouldn't have it any other way. For some reason, I secretly enjoy the feelings of being challenged and completely overwhelmed... it keeps me on my toes. Anyway, here are some pictures of my classroom this year. I have toned it down a little... I am still working on a new visual for my math stations and a management system for the new phonics program so it is still, as always, a work in progress.

Supplies ready for the first day.
New polka dot rug for the library. No more zebra print!
I added tickets for labels on the book boxes.

I finally found a RED CARPET!
I have been looking for three years and now I have the perfect rug!
$20 at Big Lots for a 5' by 6'

Good luck to all teachers going back to school tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Obsession

Summer is almost over! It still hasn't completely hit me that I have to go back to school next week even though I have already spent lots of time in my classroom.

Though my summer has been short, I have filled it with some pretty valuable activities. One of those valuable activities just happens to be reading. In my few weeks off after summer school I have read seven books and I have another huge stack of books that I have committed to reading ASAP. 

It all got started one afternoon while I was hanging out with Florence. :) I bought City of Bones and Divergent. I read Divergent and Insurgent before starting on the Mortal Instruments series. 

Since the next books from both of those authors don't come out for a while, I went to my dad for some recommendations.

I have to make time to read during the school year now! :) 

Check out my Book Obsession board on Pinterest!