Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Classroom :)

Here's a quick peek into my classroom - 

I've had trouble finding places for my anchor charts, so recently I strung up a bunch of twine (via 3M Command hooks) since I can't reach the ceiling in my room.. it's literally 30 feet... OK I'm really bad at estimating but my hubby says maybe 15 feet LOL but still too high unless I have a real tall ladder. 

Here's a few anchor charts that I've pinned up! Do you have any difficult areas (or just difficulties) in your classroom? How do you deal with them?

Next, I LOVED Christina Bainbridge's Teaching Beliefs, so I posted mine in the classroom. I find myself constantly referring to them as I teach, encouraging my students to think about their own beliefs as we learn!

My other picture isn't loading.. I'll try to edit that one in!!

My students are THRILLED to find "naughty" words that don't follow our spelling rules. By calling attention to these words, we begin to see that word as a sight word, instead! Here's our Word Jail for those misbehavin' words!!

We've been finding these words all year, but I finally got our jail up.. I had a little mishap with the laminater... it kinda, sorta, maybe ATE my jail!! I swear, these machines are out to get me sometimes (do you feel like that ever)! 

I fed my (beautiful) paper jail into the laminater and it never. came. out. HA I looked behind, underneath, to the side and it just didn't emerge. It was a few weeks later that a maintenance worker pulled my jail out of the evil-laminater. 

Do your kiddos *LOVE* maps?! Mine do!! I put up a map of the world, and a map of the USA. Also we made a graph of different places we knew and categorized each one as a continent, country, state, or city! I also have a book bin of map, America or other "worldly" books. 

Last but not least... just a picture of my cuddle-bug! Love hanging out on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket with my littlest kitten! Here's Stella :) 

Our bigger kitty, Megatron (yes, yes, I know.. my husband named her) . Well she takes this time to escape little kitty! hehe

Have a WONDERFUL Friday, all my bloggy friends!! 


  1. I love your kitty! I have a calico that I just love to bits!

    Yes, I notice that no matter which school I sub at, the kids like maps :)

    Love your word jail!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. I love the word cute!!! Thank you for showing us your room. I love seeing what everyone else's rooms look like.

    Teaching in Room 6

  3. Love the charts over the window! Great use of space!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  4. I have high ceilings too. I always say 20 ft high because I am also bad at estimating. I just came up with the idea to hang my charts across my window. I like how your look so I guess its near the top of my to-do list. And the word jail is too cute!!

    Apples and Papers

  5. Your room looks great! And... love the kitty! :)

    I like your word wall & charts in the window! And am so glad my learning beliefs post was helpful to you!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  6. Glad you posted pics of your room. I love seeing other classrooms. I run out of room too on my walls and hate it when the tape fails. Love the idea of posting teaching beliefs in the room. I will have to do that!

  7. Three Things:
    1. I love how you hung up your beliefs to even the kids to see, what great reminders!
    2. I LOVE the hanging anchor charts! I did something in my old room, my current one has walls you can staple into!
    3. My kids adore maps too!
    Stories From Second