Classroom Makeover – Stage 1

August 3, 2012

I finally got into my teensy weensy classroom to prepare!
Take a look at the *before* pictures:
This is from the doorway into my room…
“Wait, Susan, there has to be more room than that?! What about if you turn to the right? or the left?”
No…nope, if you turn to the right there’s not any more room. To the left is another foot of space.
No secret corners, no cubbies, no sink, no windows…. not even ONE built-in cabinet.
Essentially… it is a jail cell.
Oh, and we have to take EVERYTHING off the walls before summer ends, every staple and pushpin included. 
Okay, now that you are feeling bad for me, here are some more pictures:
This is the other scenic view of my room, once I started unpacking of course!
(Yes, that is my sandal in the middle of the room, no I didn’t know it was in the picture until now, and EWWW, ya I walk around barefoot in my jail cell.)
I like to dump everything on the table before I organize. Makes me feel better to see how messy it can get first. And, I blame Hadar for the excessive amounts of foam dice I am now the sole owner of.
  TA DA! Something is done!
I put up Katie’s Alphabet cards and they make me smile!! I need all the help I can get in this little classroom and these are so bright and cheery and the clipart is so cute!
The other thing I worked on was my behavior clip chart for the year.
Our school mascot is the owl so I found this adorrrrrable little pack from Nicole over at First Grade Owls!
 At first I thought he was cute… but then the more I look at him, the creepier he becomes….
I am going to sleep on this one and see how I feel when I open my door & see his face tomorrow.
There is no air in our building and it has been 107 everyday.. so needless to say I am hot and tired and CRANNNKKKYYYYY… so before I drive you crazy, I’m going to lay down and relax!!
Before you go, make sure to head over to Kelley’s blog and get yourself a pen pal for the year!!!
More pictures to come in the upcoming days!

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  • Hi Susan! Do you teach in Vegas, by chance? I seem to recognize the room — it looks like the one I taught in for 7 years! The no-window part is so hard! I just found your blog and am so excited to see your classroom unfold — can't wait for more pics! I LOVE the alphabet cards — I marched right over to TpT and grabbed them! Hang in there with the heat. I was working in my room today, same thing. Yuck. Can't wait for more pictures! It is off to a great start!

    • I sure do teach in Vegas – I moved here from Mass. and when I walked into my first classroom I thought it was a joke! 🙁 I will have manyyyy more pics after I get it done!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I believe my room is smaller than yours…haven't posted pictures yet but you'll have to come look when I do next week. But, I'm only teaching reading/math in my room…and it's only about 10 students so I feel for you! At least you've got a good start!!

  • No windows!? Well I have full confidence your rooms will be the cutest dang jail cell that you ever did see by the time you're done with it! And with all your movin and groovin you do, people will be begging for an invite in! Katie's alphabet and your owls jazz it up already. And I raided the dollar store last year for those neon, polka dot tubs I see on your table. But they didn't have pink and purple at the time. They're my favorite! Can't wait to see the final result friend!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

    • I love those bins from Dollar Tree… I have milllllionnnsss!!!! Thank you 🙂 I always strive for the cutest jail cell on the block! ha! I will be having many more pics up soon!

  • I just discovered your fantastic blog! Your post brought me back to 1995 and my very first year of teaching in Las Vegas! When I first saw my school (after moving to LV from Washington state) I thought it looked like a prison. The barbed wire surrounding the building didn't help! I too was in a tiny, windowless room and really had to be creative with space. I wish I had had your blog for inspiration. I can't wait to see your room all finished!