Thursday, June 21, 2012

Project Get Room Ready Part 2

Here I am on a Thursday afternoon. I feel like I have gotten NOTHING done and I've been in this office of mine ALL DAY. I never realized how involved getting a classroom together REALLY IS!!! I guess that's because I've never had my own classroom......

I have a long, long list of things to do/make/buy. This is what it looks like:

It seems like I have all of these great ideas and then when I start to create what I have in mind, it ends up being very stupid and not at all what I had envisioned in my brain. And unfortunately, because I am still a Graphic Designer at heart, I REFUSE to buy pre-made bulletin board letters and accents. I just have to make them myself. Silly me.

I DID manage to layout/design my first bulletin board. I can't get in my room until next week because they are waxing the floors. So, I'm improvising. I measured out the dimensions of one of my smaller boards and taped off an area on my floor in my home office to use as a guide so that I could set up all of my stuff. Here's a pic of it in the early, early stages: {VERY early. It will be much cuter once it's done.}

The idea came from Mrs. Heather Renz's Mastery Club. It's to curb the "I'm done" epidemic with something other than "Read a book!" I will post LOTS of details about it, including pictures of the completed wall once I get it up and running. Should be later next week.

I also created a set of posters that I am having printed at Vista Print for my cabinets:

Found this idea on Pinterest. Love.

And what lab is complete without Lab Rules? For my fifth graders, I had to make them less juvenile and more sarcastic. Maybe they will actually follow them!!

 So, okay. Maybe I actually have done a lot today. It just seems like I can't get out of this "I don't know where to start" rut. So much to do and definitely so little time!! August 20th will be here before I even know it!! Stay tuned. Lots more fun stuff to come!


  1. Love, Love, LOVE the "think" and "safety" posters.

    It seems like most science labs are horribly outdated and so stuffy. Yours looks like it is going to be so much fun!

  2. What are you planning for the challenge board? Please give me some example. Thanks.

    1. Hi Candice! I just added a new post that explains my Wizard Challenge. It is an activity designed for students to work on IN ADDITION to the curriculum that I will be teaching. There is no grade for it and it's not required. It's just for fun. And for students to have something to do when they finish their work. Please check out my latest post - "Wizard Challenge" and it will explain it more in detail. Hope that helps!!

  3. Thank you thank you thank you!!! So sweet of you!!

  4. I love the you mind if I borrow your idea for my 5th grade science room?