August 1st has arrived. I know I've been teasing you for 2 weeks...and judging my Facebook and Instagram feeds...ya'll wanna see something. Well, I am SUPER Excited to show off my new rainbow mustache classroom!!!!!!!!!!!
I am LOVING my room this year. Colors EVERYWHERE! Mustaches EVERYWHERE. AND TONS OF SPACE!
You've heard me teasing an experiment that I am embarking on this year. Here it is: (Ya'll might want to sit down for this...which is ironic....)
NO TABLES! NO DESKS! NO CHAIRS! NO ASSIGNED SEATS! People, we're going a little montessori up on here! I was inspired by my dear friend Erin at Kleinspiration. If you do some research, this type of no seating arrangement is great for creativity (hello, have you met me, I am all about creativity) and collaboration!
TRUTH! OK...the no table thing is not totally true. I have 2 round tables and my small group table. In all honesty, there are enough seats at a table for everyone (FI WE NEED THEM!). Here's the plan:
CHOICE! CHOICE! CHOICE. I get asked all the time about keeping students engaged. Well here are two tricks that work wonders: NOVELTY AND CHOICE! So why not give them novelty and choice in where they sit and work???
That's right. They can sit on the floor. They can sit at a table. They can stand. They can choose a rug and sit on it. The choice is theirs. The novelty is that each time they work they sit somewhere different. When we have those times where everyone needs to be working in their own space, I bought 15 bath mats so each student can have a mat to use for their own space!
People, I am super excited about this. I am a little nervous. But here's my thing: I love being a little innovative and trying new things. It's all about procedures, procedures, procedures and expectations. WE CAN DO THIS!
(Plan B: I have tables in storage should my experiment blow up in my face!)
I will be blogging about this and sharing how it goes over the next few weeks! Wanna take bets?! Success?? Epic fail???
So, are ya ready to see the classroom??
This is what it might look like when the 'staches have their rugs out working around the room!
How much do you love that lamp?!
This is what it looks like if we are using the rugs for whole group work. Can I just say I love how they look when they're all together!!!
I love my mustace clipboard from CJayne Teach! I love my milk crate pointer storage!
You can see the famous center wheel! It's in a new, more 'stache friendly location this year. 'Stache friendly=less Mr. Greg stress!
Our mini pocket charts are stored in this metal planter I found at the Dollar Tree!
Upper left corner: CLEAR POCKET CHART! TRUE STORY! I'll give ya a moment...
That board is for anchor charts and activities using pocket charts. The chart is on a curtain rod that's held up by command hooks. The chart is attached to the rod using curtain hooks. If I need to display anchor charts, I just unclip the chart and put up an anchor chart!
Red pocket chart: our student friendly I CAN Statement CANS! I know right... I can on CANS!
Colors and shapes! Folders! Months and days!
Classroom library! Thanks to Creative Teaching Press for the rainbow chevrons and mustache photo booth kid! I love the library! It's fun. It's inviting. It's cozy. It's colorful. It has giant fish hats to wear while reading. What 'stache wouldn't want to read in the plastic pool with a giant fish hat on their head?!
Community supplies. We use community supplies to foster a sense of sharing and to reinforce the idea that this is OUR CLASSROOM. This is not Mr. Greg's classroom. This is our classroom. These are our things. This sense of ownership really helps the 'staches respect our materials and property!
Rainbow Mustache Land needs a rainbow entrance! Anyone see the mistake?! I will write each 'staches name on a mustache next week!
The rainbow curtain is PLASTIC and was one of our finds on our last minute IKEA trip. It makes a perfect entrance to our land of 'staches and color.
And everyone needs a TBFF posing in their doorway. I expect this everyday TBFF!
Small group area. Mr. Greg's name is on the wall. In case I forget who I am. Which happens.
Mustache drawers for weekly work. Laminated circles for small group work. Thanks CTP!
People. This is one of those finds that well, just defies all words.
People. IT IS A GIANT ZIPPER RUG. GIANT ZIPPER. The giant zipper rug leads into our bathroom. I KNOW RIGHT! Zipper...bathroom. Too much.
Here's the best part of the giant zipper rug. IKEA. $5. FIVE DOLLARS. So I had to buy 6. I have two in my room AND I gifted each of my teammates with a zipper rug.
I was like Oprah giving our zipper rugs! YOU GET A ZIPPER RUG! YOU GET A ZIPPER RUG! EVERYBODY GETS A ZIPPER RUG!
Another Ikea find. These baskets are PERFECT for folders and paper! This one is hanging by our mailboxes. I plan to use it contain all of those signed notes and papers that get pulled out of folders and backpacks. Maybe this year I won't lose so many important papers. ALLEGEDLY. I'm not saying I lost papers. ALLEGEDLY. I'm just saying this will help!
I made rainbow clipboards (if we're gonna be working on the floor, we need clipboards to match our classroom....just sayin!) and use a $3 laundry basket to store them.
Our rainbow word wall. I am super excited to use our new RAINBOW MUSTACHE SENTENCE STRIP sight word cards on our wall! It's a magnetic whiteboard so we can just use magnets to display our words.
And now a guided tour of the classroom.
That's it. Our 2014-2105 rainbow mustache classroom and no tables/assigned seats/sit anywhere experiment!
Now...did you hear??? It's a Back To School Sale! Who doesn't love a sale?!
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It's time for the TPT Back To School Sale! People, I am so excited. My cart is already FULL!
I have been having a blast this summer working on new creations for the classroom. I've been getting them uploaded to my store. Here are some of the newest ones! I'll be adding more all weekend long! Check em out. Fill your carts. And put in all of your feedback to get your credits!