Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Classroom Tour

Okay peeps - y'all ask... I deliver.  Classroom tour is UP!

I feel like I should preface my tour with some background.... when I started teaching at MCA 9 years ago I had a GORGEOUS classroom in our new, permanent "quad" main campus area.  It had gorgeous windows, awesome built ins and it was lovely.  Three years ago, when I was pregnant with Mason, they announced we were creating a "middle school" and that I would be moving to a "peninsula" of permanent portable buildings.  I'm not going to lie.... I was devastated.  I was NOT excited about moving to the oddly shaped, low ceilinged modular buildings - but over the last few years I've grown to love the "Math Trailer" :) 

It's weird and small and I HATED it today (my AC went out! ACK!!!), but on most days I love the crazy little space I've created for my students :)

My classroom has two doors, and when you're standing in the first one this is what you see...

Directly to the left is the big white board where I typically have a calendar going - but right now it still has the #mathis activity from last week on it.

Everything on my little "collage walls" are frames that I have thrifted or repurposed from my house.


I have pics of MCA trips and events (first football game with both boys, Mission trip to Jamaica, tailgate, etc.)...

.... as well as "funnies" that I find and/or kids email me :)

I make lots of little "graphics" that I change out every once in a while...

.... and love incorporating scripture and quotes as well as student artwork and photographs.

It's not perfect - but it's quirky.... kind of like me :)

The chalkboards I made this summer - and they were ugly framed artwork that I found for cheap cheap that I just spray painted the frames and then chalkboard painted right over the glass.

On the right hand side of the room is my "front corner".  I use the SmartBoard all the time and this is where I kind of station myself during class periods.  Kids turn their papers in here, I put everything I'll need for the day here, etc.

FYI - I totally should have closed the blinds while I took these pics :)







Why yes... there is a Batman doll suspended from my ceiling.  Because why not :)  That's the beauty of Middle School.  He was left on the deck during Thanksgiving break and so he hung out in my Christmas tree for a while before finding a home up here.

And yes.... when students draw me ET pictures (because I HATE ET!) or sketch me a "Nolanator Foxypants" character I display them proudly :)


 At the back of the room I have some of the ugliest (but comfiest!) pieces of furniture EVER.  Are they cute... no! Are they awesome... yes! :)  Kids like to hang out here before/after class and often times it's a "reward" for a great grade or awesome behavior to get to chill on the math couch :)  And yes... that's a t-shirt quilt I made out of some of my spirit shirts.








LOVE me some Hey Girl!






The last little area is my desk "nook"
(sidenote... that door on the left leads to a hallway that connects my room to the portable next door and houses two big storage rooms.... one for each teacher).







View from the door by my desk...




Remnants of when my room got "foiled" last year :)




The giant teddy bear was a gift from one student to another last year on Valentine's Day.... surprise! surprise! the relationship didn't end up lasting very long (what?!?!) and the bear was returned on the same day.  It now sits atop my shelves (along with the giant ball of foil that covered my entire classroom!) and serves as a reminder that you shouldn't date in Middle School :)


So there you have it.... WAY too many pics of where I spent the majority of my time Monday - Friday.  Kind of unconventional - but super fun and comfortable.  I wanted it to "feel" different than the other classrooms so when they walk in (and smell my candle!) they are already in "Mrs McAnally Math Mode".

Questions?  Something I missed?  I have a couple of tutorials planned including thrifting/redoing frames and some fun "embroidered" pillows I'm working on as well.  I have some plans for scrappy bunting and switching out a few things as well that I'll share throughout the year.

Hope you enjoyed!!!

40 comments:

  1. Listen, as much as I loved your other class, this one is perfection too. Girl, I could live in that room! You have created a space that is so full of life and with so much meaning that your students must loooove learning there!

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  2. Love this! Your students are so lucky to have such a fun creative teacher! Hope y'all have a great year!

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  3. Looks great! I'm sure you're students feel right at home here- have a great year!

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  4. Thank you SO much for sharing! I'm terrified of math #englishmajoroverhere and I'd be pumped to come in there and learn about numbers :)

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  5. I love, love, love your room! It's totally YOU and at the same time, so great for your students. They must love you!

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  6. Loved it! Got some ideas for my room! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Girl. I want to go back in time and have you be my math teacher. That is all.

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  8. Such a fun classroom!!!! Perfect for middle school!

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  9. You would have been my FAVORITE teacher EVER!!!

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  10. So reading this post makes me want to go back to middle school. I mean seriously this has to be the best classroom ever. I am seriously blown away by your creativity and love how much time you out into everything you do! What a lucky bunch of students!! Happy Tuesday!!!!

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  11. This place is amazing! I like to *try* and do things very similar to this in my office at school - I want the students to feel welcomed and safe when they come in. I have fun things on the wall, a sock monkey with "quotes of the day" jars of candy. We decorate for all the holidays etc. It truly makes a different in their mind set when they walk in. I just LOVE the cozy space you created!
    PS - I'm making your pulled pork tonight for the first time - it's in the crock pot as we speak! :) Can't wait!!

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  12. Love your classroom!! It is so cozy and inviting!!

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  13. Love this! It's so bright and cheery!

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  14. I absolutely LOVE your space!!! I have been in education 9 years and in quite a few different schools and this is my absolute favorite classroom. Colorful and cozy!!!

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  15. I love your classroom! Brings me back to memories of decorating my mom's classroom each year with die cuts and posters. And I would make a little extra on the side by helping other teachers with their rooms too. But nothing as cool as your space!

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  16. Wow what a room, I wish I had a room like that to learn in....Cozy, Warm, Caring...Just as I picture you are! You do Rock!

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  17. So much fun and cozy....LOVE IT!!! Love all the frames and chalkboards. I bet you're everyone's favorite teacher. The kids must love you! Have a great year!

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  18. You classroom looks so comfy!! I would have loved Math a whole lot more if the classroom was like yours. I can tell you really love your job and it makes it easier to love when you're surrounded by things that make you feel like home.

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  19. Your classroom is so fun and inviting! Love it!

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  20. This totally took me back to my high school days. I went to Ouachita Christian and totally had Math in a T-building! Keep rocking it!

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  21. Love this post. I have no desire to return to middle school but if I did I would want to hang out here. :)

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  22. Love your classroom! It looks like you've made a great environment for learning, and for making kids feel valued.

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  23. As a former elementary teacher, I LAUGHED.OUT.LOUD at the, "Hey girl, I'll watch your class while you use the restroom"! So funny! Your room looks so much like mine did...pictures, quotes, funny inside joke things that only the students and I understood! :) Such a cute room! Way to go!

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  24. I love your classroom! If I were a student I would want you as my teacher just because your room looks so welcoming -which means that you spend a lot of time there and care about your students. If you put that much time, effort, and love into decorating your classroom you put that much more into your students! Just by seeing your room, you can tell you are an amazing teacher and kids are lucky to have you. I love how you have decorated your room, and would love to make mine look so homey and warm when I go back to the teaching. Happy new school year to you!

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  25. Your classroom is awesome, you must be the favorite teacher at that school! I love how you put so many personal touches into decorating it, makes it so fun.

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  26. What a fun room! I would never want to leave!

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  27. Andrea! What a lovely room. Perhaps I could've learned math well if I was ever welcomed to a room like that!

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  28. LOVE seeing your classroom!! I just started my student teaching this week and decorated a classroom for the first time, so now I can REALLY appreciate just how much work goes into making a classroom look and feel homey. Love love love yours!! Gave me some great ideas too, thanks :)
    And…. I also HATE ET! He is so scary!!! glad I am not alone in thinking this.

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  29. Looks wonderful! This was always my favorite time of the year! I love decorating my classroom! This is my first year to stay home with my little one..I love being home with her but I definitely miss this part of teaching! Wishing you a wonderful year :)

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  30. I'm obsessed!!! Love your classroom!!

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  31. I love this! As a former 7th grade math teacher from a "math trailor" I can truly appreciate how much work you've put into your room to make it so inviting. Your students must really enjoy being in your class! I wish my kids could have you as a teacher :)

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  32. I thought I was the only person on the planet who hates E.T! He's actually a huge fear of mine and has been since I was little (I'm aware he's fictional but I can't be anywhere near that movie or hear his voice) It's a real problem! haha
    I love your classroom though! It's too perfect and cozy!

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  33. Your classroom is so pretty! I'm jealous! We all have to share rooms at my school, so it's hard to make it your own :(

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  34. I love your classroom! I am setting up my class this week. How did you hang the frames on the wall? We have cinder block walls so I am trying to figure out how to safely hang frames. Any suggestions? Thanks for your wonderful blog and this post!

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  35. What kind of chalkboard paint do you use? And do you paint the chalkboard part after you paint the frame? Thanks!!

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  36. Love your classroom and all the color, fun and personal touches you add to it! Any tips for a first year teacher!? I'm starting my first teaching job in less than two weeks- teaching English to 9th and 10th graders.

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  37. Your classroom is perfect and happy and I love all of the pink and yellow!

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  38. I know this is an old post, but I have to tell you that a) I am CRACKING UP over the valentine bear that is now residing in your classroom and b) I also have that poster that says "WARNING: DUE DATES ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR" hahaha!! I absolutely LOVE your classroom and how you have decorated it!! :)

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