Monday, September 8, 2014

Classroom Pics

For the past 5 years I've had a GLORIOUS, MONSTEROUS, sized classroom. The room lacked storage...seriously it was a huge, GIANT, SQUARE of a classroom, but even with 27 students, a futon or a couch, 4 bookshelves, a dresser, a teacher area, a round table, and a class library the room was still SPACIOUS. Not to mention that because in its former life my classroom had served as a high school computer lab, I was blessed with plug ins every 12 inches. BUT alas...  All good things must come to an end...I suppose. The fourth grade building is no more at my school and my teacher friends and I had to pack up and move into the Intermediate building over the summer. The room is WAY smaller, but positives are being noticed:
1. 2 FULL walls are made of DRYWALL! Meaning I can use a stapler instead of a glue gun on half of my room.
2. The building is fairly new...10 or 11 years old.
3. We have a front office in the same building as us, our secretary is in OUR building, and the CLEAN STAFF RESTROOM IS IN OUR BUILDING!!!!
4.Built in storage....
5. Library and computer labs are in our building.
6. The walk to the cafeteria is shorter!
 
So the 4th week of my school year started today and I wanted to share some pics of my "new" classroom:
 
 
The front of my classroom....don't you love how nice and clean it is at the beginning of a new school year??? 



Here's a little shot of my sweet little chair that I purchased at a garage sale and recovered...it belonged to a friend of mine's father in law....I love when pieces have a story...she said this little chair was in his office and she can still see him sitting in it. The filing cabinets are a makeover I shared last summer. I am still very much in love with them and the functionality and personality they add to my space.

 Probably my MOST favorite furniture re do ever!!!! My $20 desk I found on FB this summer.  It was in pretty rough shape...I painted the body with a homemade chalk paint recipe and completely stripped the top and redid it with two shades of stain and about 20 coats of poly:) I had my name cut out in black vinyl by a local vinyl shop and created the little rag garland and attached the vintage flashcards with clothespins.  I AM IN LOVE WITH MY DESK!!!!


 My cute little bathroom passes....I found the labels for FREE on TPT....can't remember the shop/seller but I will research and link back to them soon.... This  is my 2nd year to use this system...works great!


 I painted my podium last year. BUT this year I stepped it up a notch with my 70% off clearance frame I scored at Michael's  painted satin lagoon and by sending the free print from eighteen25 to walmart.com and having it printed as an 11x14.  I still might add some large polka dots or some rosettes from Hobby Lobby, but it's 100% cooler with just the frame. :)


 I added a class mascot this year named "Simon".  This goodwill frame got a makeover and now hangs on my door side window. (this pic is of my back patio door) Surprisingly, 4 weeks into the school year the chalk is still smudge free!!! Whoop whoop!!!


 This is the view from behind my desk looking to the front. Loving all the storage in my new room this year...even if I had to give up lots of space....


 Another view....I do have a smartboard hanging on that blank space of wall now!


This view is to the right of my desk area....you can catch a glimpse of my library area in the back corner. And there is SIMON and his chalkboard... My kids are loving it and look forward to what he has to say...I've added a giant speech bubble, so he can leave messages.  His chalk board says: "Simon Says: 1. Work Hard 2. Be Nice".


~LaKeta

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy MLK Day

Just wanted to share a quick picture of one of the many things my fourth graders did last week to learn about and honor Martin Luther King Jr.  We had a phenomenal week understanding why we celebrate the third Monday in January and realizing the legacy MLK left behind. 


Sometimes just a simple act of kindness can mean something big to the person receiving it.  

Happy Monday,

Mrs. Ille

Friday, January 17, 2014

The File Cabinet Transformation REALLY Did Happen...

Yeah..yeah...I posted a pic on July 4th showing what kind of file cabinet project I had in mind for my classroom.  Well the people of Facebook came through for me and I managed to snag three filing cabinets for FREE!!! Yes!  I brought them home...they were your standard taupe and light grey colored metal.  I used Rustoleum Satin Lagoon spray paint and bought a nicer grade of plywood from Lowes...the nice Lowes man even it cut it to my measurements for me...


Then I added some left over min wax stain with the poly built in...and was falling even more in love!


I also bought some thin finishing trim at Lowe's and stained it, cut it to fit and used some wood glue and painters tape to hold it in place until it dried....then my sweet Mr. helped me move to her home.

And see that sweet little gnome, well he was lonely so I found him some friends.


Hung my bulletin board and added a few more touches of "home". :)



So yea for projects that REALLY do get accomplished!!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4th Already???

So in about 5 short weeks we will be back at it again...Eeek!!!!  Lots of changes going on at my school district this year too... Still not sure how I feel about it either... I will still be teaching 4th graders Thank You Jesus!!! I'm getting excited about some new and/or semi-new things I'm going to do this year...more interactive notebooking, social studies "road trip", maybe some fresh paint on the walls and a Pinterest inspired project up my sleeve for adding some much needed storage.... Here's the pin that is inspiring me:)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Week 4 In The Books...

Today we wrapped up week number four baby!!!  I cannot believe how fast they have went by. I have such a sweet class of kiddos, and I'm truly enjoying them.  This year I've started several "new to me" teaching ideas in my room, which is scary, but I'm loving the excitement that each new element is bringing to my classroom:)

The first thing I've added to my bag is multiplication mastery from Laura Candler...seriously my students are L-O-V-I-N-G earning ice cream scoops for each fact family they complete in a minute!!! I'm excited to use the fun division ideas in the book as well.

I also purchased Laura Candler's Power Reading ebook and have started implementing reading workshop into my classroom! I could not be happier with how things are going getting this up and off the ground...my only concern is getting in the required reading grades my district requires...still working on that one, but seriously these two books from Laura Candler Were money well spent!

I have also started a math interactive notebook and a science notebook!

It's always scary and a little unsettling to start something new, but it has been so fun too!

Happy Friday!

LaKeta

Thursday, August 16, 2012

So far So good....

Well we have had three successful days of fourth grade! We usually don't have a four day first week but it's worked out ok;) like I had a choice lol!

This week has really been a blur starting with Sunday morning when I got the phone call that my sister was in labor and then I spent the entire day at the hospital waiting for a precious little baby girl to be born! She made her entrance at 11:14 p.m and I was at the hospital until after 1... Monday was a non-contract day for me but of course I had to go in to do a few last minute things...(like make copies and do a few lesson plans) cause that's how I roll....but then the kiddos and I made a mad dash to the hospital so they could see their new sweet cousin;)

School started Tuesday...I have a class of 21 (I had 27 last year!) 8 boys (17 last year) and 13 girls. So far I think my new little group is quite adorable.... Hope things stay that way;)

I'm excited about all the possibilities this year holds... I am self contained and really wanting to shake my reading instruction up this year. I've read all the books from Debbie Diller to The Sisters to The Book Whisperer....please tell me what works best for your reading instruction....

Have a great Friday!

LaKeta

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Behind Before I Even Get To Start

I report back to school August 9th... And I am panicking!!! Why? Because I haven't been able to step foot in my classroom yet! The floors are still not finished... This news caused my stomach to knot up and my insomnia to flare up ( ok maybe I'm being a little dramatic) NOT! You see I'm usually in my room a full two weeks before I see anyone else in my building there and this will not be the case this year...and that frightens me...I am a TALKER, so this means I won't get near enough accomplished when I go back and everyone else is there too! Is anyone else facing this issue? Lol! I am behind... When am I not? When is any teacher not just a little behind? It'll be ok...it will get done. No pictures in this post, but I am making a strong promise to do better about that this year! I am not a very great blogger, but I'd like to be when I'm NOT so behind;) -Mrs. Ille :)