Thursday, July 5, 2012


Classroom 360 is a complete tour of my classroom as designed for the 2012-2013 school year. Each post highlights an aspect of my room with photos, a detailed explanation of it's purpose, and often times videos.

I refer to the area above my phone as “mission control” because it houses important numbers and notes. It is super handy dandy and I reference it all. the. time. 

So I totally feel it is worth the real estate it takes up.
But, I was tired of the same old, same old and decided that Classroom Makeover 2012 was the perfect time to spruce it up.  

also seen in this picture {click each link to learn more about each}:
HAND SIGNALS - classroom management
CLOCK NUMBERS - help students tell time
MATH WORKSHOP BOARD - my favorite way to teach math
SHOOT FOR THE MOON - back to school bulletin board

We have emergency folders in case of lockdown or fire or whatnot.  I keep that in there because I’ll either need to exit through the door if we were evacuating or lock the door if we were hunkering down. Either way I will be near that location in case of emergency. I made a pocket to hold it using a black posterboard.
I also keep a copy of my class list and contact info in that pocket so I can get my hands on them when needed. Our nurse provides us with allergy/medical lists. I put that in there so I’ll know where to go an grab it fast and also because I would be right by the phone. I store my lists facing the wall for confidentiality and specifically don’t label the pocket for that reason as well.
Above that, I sectioned off a space using purple gift wrap in a funky pattern.
I created an area for my dismissal list. It tells me and any subs who come our way how each of my little darlings will be going home on any given day. To keep track of dismissal changes and other random notes I added a snazzy magnetic board (which is really a pizza pan) and a few magnets.  It is so light weight that I was able to hot glue it directly onto the background paper and not damage the wall.

I saved space for the staff extension directory and the fire drill route. It can’t be seen in the photo, but there is also a nail there which is used to hold my keys so I can grab them quickly to lock the door if we were in lockdown. The nail is high enough off that none of my third graders can grab them and go off joyriding in my minivan.

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