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 :)
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.)...
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.
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.
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...
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!!!