I'm so excited to finally have the opportunity to link up with Monday Made It with actual teaching stuff for the first time.... possibly ever! I was talking to a neighbor, who was teasing me about tagging my whole house with glitter spray paint, about how I haven't had an opportunity to set up my own classroom since 2009. Every job I've had since then has been in an inherited classroom because I was covering a leave or because I was hired after the school year began. That means that since the dawn of Pinterest, I've been hoarding away ideas I haven't been able to use... until now!!!! :)
Since I haven't yet gotten my hands on the curriculum or seen my classroom in person (actually, I haven't even met my principal, who was on vacation during my interview), I've been somewhat limited in what I've been able to do to prepare for the upcoming year. I did, though, decide on a color scheme (more on this to come) and took several cans of spray paint (and glitter) to several mismatched items for a cohesive look and feel.
|Seaside and glitter spray paints from Home Depot = Magical!|
In that top left box, you're looking at my new teacher toolbox. Those who follow me on Facebook know that I was left pretty disappointed when I first saw it at Lowe's because none of the boxes are big enough to fit items I would expect for a teacher's toolbox: pens, pencils, scissors. They look deceivingly big in photos! Initially, I walked away without purchasing it, but I decided to go back the next day because I figured I could still store many of the other items I'm always digging for inside my desk. A few coats of seaside spray paint and some glitter made me fall in love!! The labels were another challenge, not in size but color. It is dang near impossible to match blues on a home printer. I finally got a color I can live with, even though it's not a perfect match.
I decided to repurpose an old flower pot, which my mom gave me for my very first classroom to hold my items that were too long for the toolbox. My flair pens are safely tucked inside in this photo, if that gives you an idea of it's size. Once I decide on THE perfect quote, I plan to write it next to that little pencil.
I had a bunch (5) of crates from over the years that look so much nicer now that they all match. I use these for my student portfolios. I like for them to have a place to store all of their work in the classroom so if there's ever a question about a grade, we can go right to the source. I send the portfolios home at midterms and the end of every marking period (or upon request) so parents can refer to the assignments related to the grade. Inside the cover, I have a sticker with spaces for parent signatures so I know they've seen the material, and then the students bring back the folder when it's been reviewed (usually for a grade for accountability).
The last photo are some old Sterilite organizers, so old that you can't even buy the containers with the handles like this anymore. I know because I tried. One of the containers has a hole in the top (from something heavy sitting atop in storage), and I wanted to replace it. As it turns out, I couldn't find one anywhere, so I just jazzed them up and put the broken one on the bottom. I still may try to use a laminated label on top of them so I can use them separately in the classroom, but I haven't gotten around to that yet. In any case, this can work as a fallback option.