Hey, friends! Welcome to Room 505... lovingly referred to as the "Math Trailer" :) When we started our middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grades used to be part of upper school which included high school as well), we moved from our classrooms in the quad to the "peninsula"... a group of portables at the end of the lower school deck. I was hesitant at first, my old classroom was big and bright and had tons of built ins, but I was determined to capitalize on what the new room had going for it and went with amping up the cozy ;)
This is your view when you come into the room from the far right door...
And here is looking back at the door...
I use this whiteboard to post announcements, instructions, exam calendars, etc.
There's a door on the other side of the room as well, and this is the view from that door.
When I had to switch rooms I switched out decor and spent the summer scouring thrift stores for old frames and then spray painting them.
The canvas on the left I made this week... it was a painting of a beach scene that another teacher was getting rid of, so I painted it pink and threw a design on it and then painted the text.
After a lesson, I draw names and kids get to sit here or on the couch as a special reward. The LOVE it!
I have TONS of student art that I like to display and keep. They get a huge kick of coming back and seeing their art up on the wall. I HATE ET and my students know that and make total fun of me for it. The picture of ET below was drawn by a kid who is now playing football in the Naval Academy.
The quote along the ceiling is one of my favorites. I had to paraphrase it a bit to make it fit, but I think it's such an important reminder to the kids AND to me. I strive daily to foster a classroom environment that runs on kindness and mutual respect.
Students and parents will send me funny pictures and "hey girl memes", and I try to display them all.
This is my favorite spot and is where you can find me if I'm not at the front teaching or making the rounds helping with homework.
Kids give me random things (like a stuffed BatMan) and I have fun putting them around the room ;)
The teddy bear is from a student and the giant foil ball is from when my room got "foiled" by a group of eighth graders ;)
I spend most of my day in my classroom and I love that it's one of my favorite places. It's homey and fun comfortable. Quirky and colorful and "me" ;) I make a point to switch things up every once in a while, put out seasonal decorations and make sure it always smells great. I know that Math is stressful for LOTS of kids and I want them to feel relaxed and at ease when they're in my room. They may not love the subject, but I want them to love my class ;)
So, if you're looking for me between the hours of 7:30 and 4:00 this is where I'll be! ;)
Now link up and share your classrooms!!! Teachers pour their heart and soul into their rooms and I can't wait to see yours!