Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Classroom Decorating Day 1

I woke up this morning and laid in bed debating whether to lay out at the pool or go work in my room. Then, I got a text from a fellow teacher friend asking if I was going to school today. So to school I went! I like working in my room when I have someone there with me. When I need a break I have someone to talk to and she helped keep me going. If she hadn't been there I probably would have left hours ago! Here is what was accompished today: First I Scrapped the Franklin off the door and windows. Then I moved the loft (with Kate's help). You can see in this picture how my room was laid out at Christmas. The loft was taking up so much valuable wall space! I also changed the tables my computers are on and placed them flat against the wall and put up some fabric to hide the cords. I HATE CORDS! I also redid a bulletin board. The owl picture is from last year. I did a double border on the board this year and I really like how it turned out. I arranged students' desks. I saw in someone's classroom in the blogging world had a round table in the middle of the desks. I wasn't sure where to put it and I really liked how it looked when she did it. I will have to see how it looks with students actually in the room. It might be too crowded. I am not sure what I am going to use it for either.... Suggestions? I moved my desk/ small group table to the corner where the loft used to be. I started setting up my new reading area. I still need to purchase the rug and set the books up and some other stuff. And now for my big dilema.... I moved the loft which I am soooo happy about but now I have this wall! Its huge! I need a new bulletin board. Do you all have any suggestions on how to make a bulletin board? I hung paper up on a wall last year, but it kept falling down!


  1. Your loft is so cool! And I hate cords too!

    Sara :)
    Smiling in Second Grade

  2. From one cord hater to another . . . I am glad I found you today! I love switchin' up my room too. Let us know how it all turns out in the end.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. Hey Jodi!
    I'm glad I'm not the only one not going to the pool! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I have an idea for you on how to create a bulletin board. Get 3 large pieces of foam (presentation) poster board. Hot glue them together and cover with fabric or fadeless paper ($8 a roll from the teacher supply store). Hot glue that to the wall, then cover with border. It functions just like a cork board! I'm moving to 3rd grade this year and all the girls on that hall have boards they made. Putting that round table in the center of the desk clusters is an interesting idea. I may do that with my guided reading table because of my board layout.
    Speaking of layout... Your were right- our rooms are almost identical! Crazy! :)
    Take some time for the pool too!
    Teaching Happily Ever After

  4. I like where you put you table too. Every year I try to find the perfect spot for mine and end up disappointed every year. I am going to try this! We have awarded you The Lovely Blog award! Stop by our blog to pick it up :)

    -Katie and Lisen

  5. Jodi, I just gave you the "One Lovely Blog Award". Check out my blog to receive it :)

    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

  6. Love the loft! I bet the students love reading in the loft area. Just found your blog through Teaching Maddeness.

    If you get the chance stop by my 2nd grade blog.

    Ms. Fiorini’s Stadium

  7. Hi Jodi!
    I have awarded your blog with the One Lovely Blog Award!
    Come by and visit when you can to pick it up!
    Congratulations! Your blog is lovely!

  8. You need to check out Ikea for rugs! I got two for 50$ two years ago. I also got matching pillows, too! I always have a round table in the middle of my students. I like to sit on the table tops when I teach math. I don't know why!? as far as bulletin boards, what about hanging cork boards? or shower board for a white board? or gutters for book shelves? those are cheap options.

  9. I will definitely check Ikea! I wish we had a store here :( Thanks for all of the great ideas!