Back of the Room: The first thing I had to do was take care of those OLD Bulletin Boards that I believe still had the same paper from 1990...I love colors that POP so this was easy...I want each area of the room to serve a purpose so my bulletin boards say "Grades and Info, Welcome, and Student Work"...In the middle there is a chart that has basic conversational skills on it....I will change it out and switch it to whatever we are learning. I added some framed "Spanish sayings"on top of the boards, some shiny bulletin board borders, and wal-lah...it already looks like a different room.
So this is the other side of the room...I have the "question words" hung so the students can easily refer to key words and I hung up the North, Central, and South American map. Believe it or not...I refer to it several times a year when talking about certain countries. For some extra color and pop...I hot glued my Mexican blanket in the back...just gave it a little Spanish twist. Now...the ugly green heater and the air conditioner need some spicing up...but those are a later date and a different blog entry ;) By the way, I made the question words myself with Microsoft Word and construction paper, laminated and boom. I bought the maps at...you ready...THE DOLLAR STORE! Win Win ;)
Now, you are looking at the front of the room, and in the corner where my teacher area is...This is a HUGE improvement! I have my bookshelf close and near by that has many of my teacher resources. I also like to use the bookshelf to store big packets and materials for upcoming classes. I have 2 filing cabinets, a small filing cabinet, and a table. Believe it or not...I don't like taking too much room for myself...I feel like that is more space that can be used for something beneficial for the kids. I have my desk which has my own printer, my computer, and my phone. I have started to cover my desk with orange paper and the kids will be signing it as the year goes on. This is something I will always have and can take with me. I don't spend ANY time at my desk while I'm teaching anyways so this is more for just beneficial use after and before school. By the way...need your desk area to be more "homey" get a CUTE lamp!!! Mine was $7.00 at the Dollar General. I also got the Burberry, yes Burberry looking small bulletin board for $3.00!!! Gotta have my microwave and fridge (both were 24.00 total) Nothing like those great bargains!
Now, you have the front of the room. I have this huge long wooden bookshelf that is awesome. I have all my baskets for turning in papers and homework. They are now labeled, "1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th" I have my pencil hospital which I will be posting more about, the sharpener, hand sanitizer, lotion, etc. I have all the Spanish 1 books which will not be used a lot and some organization bins and buckets. This is more for the students. Everything they need is right up here. I teach them when to sharpen their pencil and when they can visit this area. Now...in the corner...you will see one of the "UGLY" bookshelves that I posted in the beginning...it has been healed! I bought a set of sheets (used the tuck sheet and pillow cases for myself) but used the loose sheet to cover up my bookshelf. I hide all my props for skits like Toys, dolls, play food, musical instruments, and more...you know all those things high school kids would linger straight to and pull out during an inappropriate time! I used velcrow (?) and hot glue to hang it up. ;) Nifty, eh? I also have my rules (front of the room) and my projector screen is right here. I have a lot of space to use for presentations, project share time, and teaching in general. I like having this area...I don't feel cramped and the students can easily tell where the front of the room is. :)
And we have made our way around the room...here is just a small area that needed some jazzing up...I have my black cabinet which is WONDERFUL for storing needed materials. I of course laminated and hung up some small posters. I have my door that has "Salida" which means "Exit" over it...I will be putting more posters on the classroom door soon. Notice a small basket on TOP of the black cabinet...that is my candy bowl. ;)
There ya have it...my room has been converted from a bland old' English room into a Spicy and Colorful Spanish room. I have lots more to do but for now...I think this will keep my students engaged and organized.
Thanks so much. God Bless!