Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I NEED YOUR HELP! Computer Withdraw! And some new classroom pics ...

So, since I left my job this year, I had to give them back my Macbook :( I wish there was a bigger frowny face. This left me with my old Dell. Now, being a PC girl for 25 years of my life, I'd never guess how much I would miss that Mac. But I do, I REALLY do. I feel like I can't do ANYTHING!
I started making materials for a unit on magnets, something I will be teaching in science at my new school this year. It took me 3 hours to make 5 pages because that is how slow Power Point is on my computer! So, I quit.
My induction for my new job is in 2 weeks, and it can't come soon enough because they will give me ... you guess it ... a MACBOOK!!!! I seriously can't wait.
So, this is why I have not been blogging lately. This computer drives me so crazy, it just doesn't seem worth my frustration. But today I felt like I was going through blogging withdraw as well.
The good thing is that this weekend I leave for Savannah Georgia. By the time I come back, I will have only 1 day to wait until I get my new ... MACBOOK!

In the meantime, I took some pics of my new classroom. I'm a little nervous. It's small ... and has no shelves ... and NO WINDOWS, on yeah, and 2 super tiny bulletin boards.
I need your help!!!
Here are some pictures: 
These two are pictures from the back of the room. You can see my one white board and two small bulletin boards. The room looks deceptively big because there are only 15 desk in the room. I will need 25 for the students in my class. The right side show the only shelves in the room. These are built in to the sink unit. 

The next two pictures show the room while standing in the front. The right side of this picture shows the student cubbies. Above the cubbies are the only cabinets I will have for storage (yikes I have a lot of stuff and not a lot of room to put it!) I was thinking of getting large plastic bins to put above the cabinets. 
I was also thinking about where I will put the bins for The Daily Five so all of my students have their just right books. I was thinking about using the little cubbie right above their hooks. They are meant for lunch boxes, but those can be kept in backpacks or set at the bottom of the cubbie. 

In this picture you are see the very empty, white back wall. Why on Earth are there not bulletin boards hung here?! The trouble with hanging this on this wall is the strict rules about using tape and other sticky stuff on the paint. I had a crazy brainstorm to use some type of foam board and wrap it with fabric and use it like a bulletin board. I thought maybe I could attach metal hooks to it and use some type of fishing line to hand it from the ceiling. So far, I'm not quite sure how and if this will work. Ideas? 

The next view shows the side of the room where there is one strip of tack board .. ooooh aaaaah. 

And finally, I lied, there is a window ...sort of. It's actually a sky light. I would love to decorate or do something with this space to make it more inviting and colorful. 

Ok, so there it is.  And here is where I need your help:

Problem 1: Lack of bulletin board space. I need a creative way to be able to hand all of my stuff! 

Problem 2: Storage. There is no where to put a classroom library as my room only came with the little bit of built in shelving. I thought I could use that for student supplies such as crayons, paper, etc. But what about a classroom library. I need a LARGE place to display all of the just right books for my kiddos. 
PLUS, where on Earth am I going to keep all of my stuff?!
I know I can go out and buy shelves, but gracious they can get expensive! I need ideas!

So, what do you think. I know there are some amazing minds out there with some incredible thoughts! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Another Award? I'm floored!

Antoinette and Emily from 4321...Teach awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award .. how sweet :) Thanks!

There are seven rules for this award.

1)  Thank the blogger who nominated you!  Thanks Antoinette and Emily!
2)  Include a link to their site.  See above...
3)  Include the award image in your post.
4)  Give 7 random facts about yourself.

My Random Facts:

1. I own three cats ... not because I'm a crazy cat lady, but because I'm a sucker. I've owned my edlerly cat for 15 years. Almost 2 years ago we found kittens on the playground at school, too young to eat or care for themselves. And enter sucker ... me ... who adopted them because no one else would. 
2. My new favorite passion this summer is gardening. I get so excited to check every day for new veggies :) 
3. I've always wondered what it would be like to be an interior designer instead of a teacher. 
4. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live somewhere in the Caribbean (as long as my entire family and all of my friends would more there too...)   
5. I'm addicted to Pinterest.
6. I love animal print ... especially ZEBRA!
7. Beginning blogging has been one of the most inspirational things I've done so far in teaching.

5)  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

   1. School Supply Junk @ True Confessions of a School Supply Junky 
   2. Kelly @ Fabulous in Fourth
   3. Vicky @ Traditions, Laughter, and Happily Ever After
   4. Jen @ 2nd Grade Glance
   5. Carmela @ The Diary of a Teachaholic
   6. Jenna @ Diving into Learning
   7. Miss 2nd Grade
   8. Amy @ Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons

Ok, seriously I know it says 15, but it took me an hour and a half to get this far? Is this normal??!! I was trying to find bloggers that have not received the award before, and so many of you are SO awesome, that you've received tons of awards. So, I think I'm going to quit. I'm tired and need to sleep!

6)  When nominating, include a link to their site.

7)  Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.