I don't know what it's like teaching upper grades, but I feel as K-teacher in a Title 1 school we have a lot of stuff. (Don't get me wrong... it's AWESOME to have all the materials that we do... but where in the world are we supposed to store all these materials?!!!!)
Well just so happens I have been working on my room this week doing some spring cleaning so I can focus on teaching my kids, rather than trying to remember where I put everything! And last night I got A LOT done!!! So enjoy a few pictures of my clean classroom, that will probably be a mess again by this time next week. ;)
The following picture if a bucket of stickers I use daily for homework/behavior calendars and completed center work.
This is how the kids know what special we have each day. The frog clip I made (just hot glued on a clothespin) tells us!
We were allowed to paint our rooms this year... so I painted it this pretty blue with some clouds and of course a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme! (Hince the blog name! hehe) I hope to touch it up this summer b/c I was in such a hurry to paint this in 2 days last summer....
Each student's hook has a number on an apple. (Which matches the number on their nametags on their desk.) This way I don't have to change the names on the hooks every year! (Gotta love time savers!) I plan on doing the same with their cubbies next year!
We don't have our own aids... we actually share an aid between our 6 kindergarten teachers and 6 first grade teachers (we keep her busy!) She only helps in the inclusion classes, so the only thing she has time to help me do is make copies/laminate/put papers in the kids' cubbies and a few other things we may ask her to help with from time to time. So I got these drawers to help her know what needs done each day without having to interrupt class. (She LOVES it!) It has been working great!
Random pic of the inside of my easel... if you noticed a few posts back it was a disaster and I finally have it cleaned out! I use markers and expo markers DAILY so that's pretty much the only thing I keep in her every week. I place our big books and trade books we read each week back here AND chart paper when I'm not using it. I love my easel!
Our school district was blessed enough to get a model classroom in EVERY class in the district. So I have 2 remotes to keep track of... 1 for the VCR/DVD player and our projector. I was losing them ALL the time before I got these adorable little bins from the Dollar Store. (There were 3 in a pack last summer... blue, green and pink!) *note my adorable scentsy burner--- I had to get the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star one for my desk! The kids LOVE it too!
I don't know why this picture looks all funny- but I don't have an actual DESK. We have these teacher stations (that I LOVE) but they were so hard to keep organized. So I used some bins I got from the dollar tree that fit perfect to organize things and keep the inside looking clean! hahah and notice the toy car and action figure? yes, I'm one of those teachers that take toys they bring and put them in my desk... lol It makes me think of A Christmas Story every time.. hehehe
This is the bottom portion of the teacher station... it has a little surface you can pull out to use as a desk if you need to sit down... I just keep my desk calendar on there... I don't sit down much! haha
I keep all my printer paper at the bottom.
Here is where I store posters and such- in my wonderful flat file! Then I keep all my teacher manuals an resources on the shelf above.
I did this at the end of last year b/c I was sick of how cluttered my desk was and not being able to find anything.... Now I know where EVERYTHING IS! It's beautiful! (I got them from Walmart.)
Glue gun storage- CHECK!
These were hand me downs from another teacher... I thought I would use them, but I don't like them much. I want to get the clear pockets so I can actually SEE what's in them... I will label them too when I get new ones.
I put all my craft supplies in the drawers.... These will get labels soon also.
I LOVE MY CONSTRUCTION PAPER STORAGE! I plan on ordering another one for the small paper next year! It's worth it!