Friday, November 30, 2012

In like a "Lion"

First week on the job. So I took a long-term sub position this week. I started on Tuesday because I wanted to go in on Monday after-school and setup my classroom. It's a tough situation where the students have had no structure all year! I mean for over 14 weeks. So...I came in and it's going...OK. What's going right? The decor and room setup. I arranged the desks in a U-shape so I can see all faces, and see the name tags I placed on every desk. Opps! I didn't take a pic of that...I'll have to add it later. I have white boards for each subject to alert students to the Objective, Agenda & HW. Yep, got those at Lowes. I bought a $13 piece of "whiteboard" in the paneling dept., asked them to cut it into 1' x 1' sections and now I have 32 whiteboards and since I have 22 students in my largest class...I have 6 whiteboards for my "announcements" and 3 for gifts. Those boards got an extra touch, some duct tape boarders and some ribbon hot-glued and taped down.
Next to the white boards are 3 frames with scrapbook paper...the glass is great with the dry erase markers too! The masking tape headers help keep the headers in tack when erasing. I love this! On the desks in the blue milk crate are the "mailboxes" and the kids love having their own mailbox for absent work and pass backs. The box on the floor is the lost and found and well it's full so now I don't know what to do with the stuff.
I've added a touch of home with my Lilo and Stitch Lithos and my Ohana message.
And of course the class wouldn't be complete without the Ninny Muggins poster! (see post below)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pop Culture Outlines Expectations

Throw out the dunce cap...here come the ninny muggins. This "Don't be a Ninny Muggins" poster uses pop culture to encourage students to do certain behaviors so they aren't caught in a slump.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Crafty Room

Like Mother...Like Daughter I suppose. My daughter has decided to make the brand new family craft area...a business. Yes, with the help of her friend they are designing classes to teach art to "younger" students. I'm posting this to Criss Cross Classroom because there are some cute tips in the organizing we set up in just one day. Before
We started with a box of "junk" and an unorganized room.
We took a 3 x 3' sheet of pegboard and organized a lot of stuff. The caddys I picked up at Dollar General 70% off so they only cost me 45 cents.
We didn't buy anything else, we simply organized craft supplies that have been collected over the past 12 years. Crafts from my in-home daycare, stuff the girls collected from birthdays, and leftovers from stuff I picked up at the school auctions. The store hardware came from Toys R Us when they went out of business in town a few years back. This easy access for a home craft room could also be great organization in a classroom. I love how many items can hang on the hardware hooks. I borrowed an idea from Pinterest to attach plastic cups to the pegboard. I have room to add more cups as I want to sort more items. I really like the cups for easy access to paintbrushes. Now my daughter is designing plans for when she will offer classes at the group table, and how she will purchase more supplies by charging for the classes. Hmmm! She must be ready for the Savings Race.