Welcome to the Classroom Set-Up Edition of Five for Friday!
I hope you’re reading this blogpost from your mobile device while chilling on vacation, or your couch, or at least somewhere besides school 🙂
Our summer break started this week, but I’m already thinking about my classroom set-up for next year!
I’m also jumping into Kacey’s Five for Friday party to share everything that’s happening here (thanks Kacey!):
How can I already be thinking about my classroom set-up on Day 3 of my summer break?
That’s easy to answer! On the day before we said goodbye to our students, I received the EXCITING news that I’ll have an entire resource room for just my kiddos next year!
This is HUGE news, especially given my history of offering special education services and intervention “on-the-go” over the years…
As a special educator in an inner-city public school, I am THANKFUL for my job and truly understand the lack of resources. I have taught in a hallways, cafeterias, and teacher workrooms…and we are still able to get the job done. But my own resource room…just think of the possibilities for my students!
This past year, I had somewhat “taken-over” the shared space and I felt the set-up really worked for my first grade intervention groups:
The clear boxes from Ikea are easy to access and maintain, plus they have mix and match lids. I also set-up plastic shelving (Home Depot or Lowes) to keep everything off the floor and organized. Our school has generations of mice and this classroom set-up helps me keep everything clean and “off-limits” (I hope) to our furry occupants.
The rug is from Amazon and it is the BEST rug! This is my third try at a black and white rug and it’s a winner! My criteria…thick enough so it doesn’t feel like we’re sitting on cold cement and stays in one place!
This past year, my students and I also scored THREE tables and an easel! I was thrilled and we put it to good use:
This is a photo of my room last year…it was featured by Bloghoppin’ ♥ #gratitude
I really thought I was “done” with my room, after all, it had been six years in the making. BUT, now I’ll have the ENTIRE room for my first graders!
I’m really hoping to avoid spending major money on my classroom, but I did make two “small” purchases already. First I purchased a smaller version of my favorite rug (you can check it out here). I have ideas to use this rug to designate a cozy reading corner!
I also purchased chalkboard paint and accomplished this on the last day of school!
That’s three layers of chalkboard covering up DECADES of whiteboard writing. Our school is an old high school and I swear there’s still algebra permanently etched into the boards. This is where I display my word wall…I’m excited to see how the word cards “pop” against the black background 🙂
My third score was FREE – I traded chairs with the science teacher and now my resource room will feature twelve MATCHING yellow chairs! So much better than the blue, tan, green color-scheme I had last year, lol.
I can’t wait to show off finished pictures, but I’m not trying to rush summer break. July 27th will be here soon enough!
Thanks for reading!
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