|Hallway bulletin board! Didn't cost a dime. Letters and trim were cut from food boxes. Background: an old phone book.|
|Outside my classroom: names and letters made from paint chips.|
|Another view of the hallway outside the room.|
|The tree is made of yard sticks and rulers.|
|The polka dot dresser is our classroom store. Students are paid on the 1st and 15th.|
|The grater is for our cheese grater cheer...you're GRATE, you're GRATE, you're GRATE, you're GRATE, you're GRATE.|
The theme for my third grade classroom is RE, by the way.
Re-think, re-purpose, re-commit, re-invent...you get the idea. It's easier to just say the classroom is all about JUNK.
If I do say so myself...it was quite genius, actually, this junk revelation I had. Why not create the classroom in the style I live?
|My teacher desk follows me wherever I go. It once belonged to an educator (and mentor) so it empowers me.|
Old canisters hold our glue sticks and other school supplies. The orange caddy (everyone had one in the 70's) will be a mailbox for the writing center.
It's about rethinking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. A vintage kitchen apron becomes a valance on our classroom window. A small section of an old fence provides a bit more privacy.
My dad's old toolbox, the green thing, holds some teacher manuals where I can grab them quickly.
Chippiness surrounds me in this room and that's just how I like it. This is where the kids will come to work with me (if need be).
A pickle jar and candle stick are now a cool apothecary-style candy jar. Actually this is a motivational tool. Bribery works (and inspires).
There was no closet before Vaughn re-imagined the room. Seeing my worried face fretting over where everything would go, he built two walls and created a corner closet. I love it! It's important to keep a few secrets from the students, like special squishy balls for passing at Morning Meeting or art supplies/snacks they've not seen. An old black, perfectly chippy door we've had became a closet door. License plate letters and old gasoline numbers junk it up just right. And the mounted drip pan (ordinary) will be a perfect place to work on words of the week (extraordinary). That first word, responsibility, is a doozie, huh? No problem: I have a song to go along with the spelling of that one.
Do you love the vintage Campbell's kids on the closet wall? Mom got those while out junkin' somewhere a long while back.
The Oklahoma flag is proudly displayed on a hinged croquet mallet.
|Me, in third grade. Permanent teeth and all.|