Friday, August 29, 2014

The final product and Meet the Teacher

Let me start by reminding you that I am not cute.  There is nothing about me that is cute.  My clothes aren't cute.  My shoes aren't cute.  My classroom isn't "cute".  There is no theme.  Nothing coordinates.  However, when people walk in, they usually feel like it is a good place to be...there's something there.  Maybe it's the colors?  Maybe it's the really nice big size?  I don't know--but I know it's not CUTE.  It's why I'm even nervous posting it--I've seen other bloggers' classrooms.  I know what cute is.

Walking through my door...our calendar and important information board...the bathroom book table, etc

Our desks in clusters with a large group space by the easel and smartboard
Also not cute--but I tried to take a panoramic of my reading nook.  It just looks WEIRD and one whole wall behind the book spinner is cut off.

Chromebook station and "to be filled" boards--for student writing, anchor charts, and more
Even MORE books, and "me stuff"
The door.  Nothing cute.  I'm allllll about learning journeys--we all start at one place and end in another and take different paths to get there.  Project related to this will be coming next week!

Meet the teacher went well! Last year I had a rush in the middle and had a room full of people and felt like I never got to make a personal connection with each visitor.  This year, people trickled in a steady rate so I got to greet and chat with all that came.   I can't wait to get back all the parent intake forms to see what PARENTS have to tell me about their children--such valuable information.  I can't believe we start back on Tuesday!  Lots to do this weekend...

20 comments:

  1. Your blog is cute! :) Your classroom is functional and organized, which is way more important than cute, in my opinion.

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  2. Awww...thanks, Sherie. I know how easy it is to get caught up in the decorating and coordinating, etc. I guess I put my energy elsewhere! :)

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  3. It is cute! As long as it is functional and a great learning place that the kids love-who cares? I LOVE your library space-it looks amazing!!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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    1. I do love my library...and we are lucky to have a wonderful school library too. Our students have TONS of access to books!

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  4. I love your classroom! I see that you have Chromebooks. We are getting them this year for the first time. Can I ask how you like to use them in the classroom?

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    1. What an excellent question! I know for sure that I am going to be doing a ton with google forms for quick assessments, we will be blogging, we will be doing lots of written work on them--responses to reading, writing projects, etc. Hope you share your ideas too!

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  5. Love it! You are an amazing teacher Meg!

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  6. Looks like a lot of learning is about to happen in this room! Love that you build it with the kids!

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  7. Your room looks warm and welcoming - where great learning happens. (My room is not cute, and not decorated to the hilt, but I like it!)
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! It's always exciting and nerve wracking to get ready for the next group, isn't it? Have a great year!

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  8. Your class looks well organized and set up for kiddos with a great theme for 'exploring & learning'. I am so jealous of your vast classroom library and would so love to have one of those orange stools! Have a most wonderful school year and enjoy the ride.

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    1. Thanks so much! That orange stool was a garbage "rescue" about 15 years ago!

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  9. Your classroom looks great!! You have nothing to feel "bad" about! So much room. Having followed your blog for a few years, I know your kids learn tons-and that's what it's all about!! You're an awesome teacher- (my room is awful!-check it out...http://thrillsinthirdgrade.blogspot.com/2014/08/classroom-pics.html )
    Have a great year!
    Jamie
    Thrills in Third Grade

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    1. Thanks, Jamie--I DID check out your room and it is NOT awful!

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  10. Your blog is cute, your TPT products are cute, and your room is pretty cute too! I've seen some sad disorganized classrooms, and yours is cheerful and well put together so give yourself a break :) We can't all look like Pinterest exploded within the walls of our classroom. I'm sure your kids love it in there!

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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    1. You are very kind...and you are right--Pinterest has made everyone just ever so much more aware of just how cute things can be!

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  11. It looks fantastic! Pinterest has a few teachers going way over the top but this is a nice classic look.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  12. I am SO happy you wrote you are not cute; I've been soooo struggling with cuteness (which I am definitely NOT either!!) Your classroom is huge & I'm jealous of your library!! Your room looks student-friendly, busy, and focused on student needs! You spend more time planning & on curriculum because I LOVE all your ideas & blog posts. Thanks for being real!!

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