Friday, August 8, 2014

My Classroom...while it is still shiny!

Summer came and went so fast it doesn't feel right that today was our first day of school! It happened though! I had 150 kids come through my classroom today to prove it! I thought I would share some of the places in my room {even though it makes me nervous for you to see} that make me happy!

Welcome to C126!

Just like Notre Dame we do math like a champion! I love that kids hit this on their way in! 

The "blue table" is where it begins and ends! It's by the door. Anything we need for the day, tape-scissors-markers, gets laid out here and returned at the end of class.  The blue table is the catch all. I wish I had middle schoolers that could handle cute supply baskets at each table...but I do not! 

Calculators are stored in these shoe cubbies along with a mechanical pencil. I have a noisy classroom and I love it! I do not love listening to the pencil sharpener! The mechanical pencils save my sanity! The cubbies and calculators are numbered and they just grab their number on the way in. 

I would love to share the numbers with you!

Binders are housed by class in the cubbies my awesome hubs made for me. We can't paint the walls so it was a way to add some color. In past years, the binders held math journals, loose papers, and their ISN. This year I am going to give SBG a try and plan to use them as their portfolio. 

I have talked about these fabulous mathematical practices posters from Everybody is a Genius before here

The MP posters along with these awesome problem solving strategies posters from Math = Love give us lots to talk about when we are speaking math!

One last thing! If you look up you will see the signs hanging above each group table. Each one has a different big company in our area. Many kids know someone that works at these places. I use them to bring in the real world and to make my kids aware of the opportunities that are outside of our little middle school world! When I call on a group, I use their company name. I love that during friendly competitions they will want to fire someone from the losing company or try to hire a "smart" kid away from another! 

So this is where I will be for the next 184 school days! I didn't mean for this to be a  three hour tour! I have so enjoyed looking at all of your rooms, I wanted to join the fun! 

Happy back to school!



  1. Okay. I'm officially in LOVE with your classroom. I want to steal the champion sign for my own classroom. And, then there are the calculator buttons on the wall. Adorable (and practical)! I think I've told you this before, but I absolute love your canvases. I even bought some canvases at a garage sale this summer so I could make my own. But, they're still sitting in my guest room... Maybe next year??? :) And, the binder cubbies. So cute, colorful, and organized! I need these for my classroom! Well, first I'd need a bigger classroom with wall space, but a girl can dream, right?!? I also can't deal with the amazingness of the giant number 2 pencil.

    My students can't handle the cute supply baskets either. And, they're in high school!

    This is getting long, but I just wanted to tell you how much I adore your classroom! Thanks for sharing pics! Hope this school year is a great one!

    1. Thank you for your sweet words and shout out on twitter! I am so flattered! There are so many things I want to add to my room but always run out of time! So, you are right, a girl can dream!

  2. Your classroom is amazing. How in the world did you make that giant pencil? I want it. Thanks for sharing. I start school Thursday and will be decorating this week. I'll be posting pictures as well. Enjoy the next 184 days!

    1. Hi Jan! I have enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for the sweet words! The giant pencil was actually super quick to make. It is just bulletin board paper and hot glue for days! I can't wait to see your room! Hope your first days back are great!


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