Thursday, August 9, 2012

I'm Not Going to Argue....

With myself this year! I am just getting my room set up without agonizing over the major details this year. This totally goes against my previous nine summers, but I know what I want to do and what it requires to get it done. In 30 minutes I did the background and border on the front two bulletin boards in my room, set up the bins for turning in work, rolled my extra paper organizer in place, moved the recycling bins into place, stacked the marker/crayons/colored pencil bins (I will be making cute labels for those!) It doesn't sound like much, but it feels good not to debate things with myself. I hope that you don't think that I have just given up because I haven't. I'm just looking to do the finer details of the beginning of the school year. Anybody else in this boat? 

Board when you enter - holds HW & field trip forms, etc.

School-wide behavior board - I am going to make cute foam sparkly letters
Bins l - r: Pick up (morning work), writing, sci/ss, reading, math

Class before pic
So, I will be doing a few things to make the room special: sparkly foam letters, a cute door decoration that I saw on pinterest, new coat rack labels, a fun open house gift for the kids (also from pinterest!).

I'll be sure to post "after" pics!

Door inspired by a pin on pinterest

What do you all think? Good door idea for fifth graders? I tend to shy away from the cutesy stuff with them. They like to feel mature and grown up. They thanked me - thanked me!- for not using a color behavior system (green= good, yellow=warning, etc.) last year. That made a huge impression on me. Love those kiddos. I am going to miss them. I digress. Seriously though, let me know about the door!