I am making some headway in my classroom and am almost ready for 23 (that many as of today) students to walk through my doors. I want to share my before and after classroom photos with you as I organized and re-organized this week.
I was hired late into the school year, last year, so didn't take the time to clean out cupboards and put things on my wall in a rush. This time around, I was able to clean all my cupboards and cabinets out, rearrange furniture, remove what wouldn't work in my room with my plans, and create sections and stations in the classroom that will work with Daily 5 structure.
I am SUPER excited about my classroom arrangement and it will continue to evolve and change as I build up my center rotations.
First, I would like to share my cabinet I bought at Goodwill on Teacher Discount Day. For $29.00, I found this gem of a cabinet and my husband helped cut the top off it and get a plywood top put on it. Then, I spray painted the cabinet (not the best paint job, but it works!). The cabinet is incredibly heavy, with some great old wood. It will not be moved too many times! I am currently using it to hold many, many games.
After a lot of work and many, many days of arranging and re-arranging, purging and throwing of things (donated to Goodwill that which I couldn't use), here's what I finally have settled on for classroom organization... for now.
The front of the room with the student tables.
Word Wall with Daily 5 Word Work tubs below, along with a few other things. The top of the shelves are empty... amazing!... but will surely gain some items shortly.
New to my classroom this year.. a writing center. I had to sacrifice some furniture to make it work, but I think it is GREAT and can't wait to see students busy, busy, busy at the table there.
My one section that is still being organized.. my reading area. I have these wonderful baskets to hold the books for the students when they work on Reading to Self during their Daily 5 rotation. I am just waiting for a finalized list of students to finish the baskets. You can also see my library books that need to go on shelving in the space behind them. I have yet to get any shelving.... must do that this weekend and get my corner organized!
There are other pieces and parts to my classroom I didn't share, but am just as pleased with what I have accomplished so far. Let the school year begin!