Back to school: 2014 – 2015 Classroom

Week #3 Share your classroom.

Week #3 Share your classroom.

I can finally cross out “set up classroom” off my to do list…sort of. EVERYTHING is not done, but enough is done and I’m actually okay with that.

So, let’s take a look.

Here’s a panoramic view of the room from the front. I was inspired by Schoolgirl Styles’ Rainbow Chalkboard decor.


My teacher area. I usually don’t have one this elaborate as to maximize space, but this year I want to be more organized have are nice place to work in. The Process and Fast Learning signs came from Sarah at Math = Love (I used A LOT of stuff from her room…thanks for sharing!), the I love math signs came from 4mulafun’s store.


This year is all about changing the mindset of my students. I want to be confident in what they can do while learning math. Thanks again Sarah!

This is the class info board. It will have lesson info, class announcements, the date and the quote of the week.

This is the class info board. It will have lesson info, class announcements, the date and the quote of the week.
imageThis blank board will be my “How to Learn” board that shows the process of learning a new skill using standard base grading. My hope is it have it done before my students walk in on Tuesday.


These boards will be used to display class data and student work.


Technology center

My soon to be math library with missing work folders and resources for ISNs.


My curtains. First time I’ve ever put up curtains in my room. I think they look nice.

IMG_3343.JPGThe front of the room.

Overall, I am pleased. It’s the most work I have ever put in setting up a room. It’s still a work in progress, but I hope it makes my students feel welcomed and ready to learn.

3-2-1 Summary

In my quest to become a regular blogger, I am participating in the #mtboschallenge on twitter. It’s a challenge to blog once a week for the rest of 2014. So, I’ve linked up with Sherri over at Middle School Math Rules! Here we go!

3 things I need to accomplish this week:

1) Setting up my classroom. I don’t think I am going to have enough time next week with all the PDs my principal scheduled.

2) Lesson plans for the first 4 weeks of school.

3) Clean my house. If it doesn’t get done before school starts I don’t think it will ever be done. smh


2 things I am letting go for now:

1) Procrastination – no more sitting thinking about what needs to be done. Let’s get’er done!

2) Worry – don’t worry be happy. Everything that needs to be done will be done and it’s going to all right.


1 thing I need to remember:

Get everything done that needs to be done so you can have time to RELAX before the kids come back on the Sept. 2.

If I only knew then what I know now (MBI week 2)

This year starts my tenth year of teaching! I can not believe it. Time has gone by so fast. Each class since I step into a classroom I could call my own has changed me and made me into the teacher I am today. Since then I have become more organized, stricter in my rules and routines, I’ve changed my style of teaching, and I’ve become more reflective. All these things at some point during my undergrad studies have been a focus in one or more or my classes, but there is one issue that I find myself dealing with that undergrad did not prepare me for. It is what my coworkers like to call the reluctant learner. You know, the student that just will not take that first step to just try no matter what you do. Most of the time it is for fear of being wrong, which I can deal with, but there are times where a student will just choose not to participate no matter what you do as a teacher. In the beginning of my teaching career I did not know how to deal with this, at all. At some point it made me want to throw my hands up and say, I don’t know what to do, and let him or her sit there.I knew that wasn’t the right thing to do, so that’s where the use of interactive notebooks began. Who knew letting students use art supplies in math class would make such a big difference. I knew I was excited about it, but I didn’t think my students would buy into it so quickly. I still have my issues with my reluctant learners at times, but it is not as bad as it used to be. The use of interactive notebooks is just one thing that helped me. There are many other strategies out there that would be just as helpful if not better. There should be a class or a chance for new teachers to learn how to handle reluctant learners before they enter the classroom.

Math Blogging Initiation (MBI)

After visiting the math twitter blogosphere website here and committing to use blogging as mode to reflect and grow as a teacher, I’ve decided to put myself through the math blogging initiation. I figured it was the best way to start on the right foot and it would be a good way to get my writing juices flowing.
Each week, for four weeks, I will respond to one of the prompts available on Sam J. Shah’s site here.
I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. Writing about my thoughts, especially those relating to how and why I do what I do when I teach, has been difficult for me, but that is about to change…right?

Here goes nothin’!