Thursday, February 19, 2009

I've got class!

Well, I'm out of town (at my mom's) for a funeral, and I'm still blogging. Very normal. However, I thought I might "show off" my classroom. Someone had asked me about it a long time ago, and I just never remember to bring my camera with me. 7:00AM is a little early to remember such things, you know? Last week I went to work and realized during 2nd hour that my shirt was inside out. Needless to say, the camera's not on the top of my list! :)

I guess we'll begin with how mean I am...


But, really. How mad can you be about my "strict" policy when the sign itself is so cute? This is my whole "scrapbooker who doesn't scrapbook" thing.

If you're a teacher, you know about germs. My best advice is to make sure the kids have their OWN supply table. If Billy wants to sneeze into his hand and touch the stapler, at least Suzie will get it--not you. Survival of the fittest around here, folks.

Next up? Bulletin boards. I got tired of my boards being too blah, so what better excuse to go to the fabric store? The first one is pictures about me and my life. This way, I have evidence that teachers do NOT live in cages after school hours. Kids love it!


I didn't use fabric on this one, but that is scrapbook paper as the border. Cut it into strips and staple. Note: My 4th hour last year thought they were particularly cool that they knew my first name. Hence the poster. They all signed it. Reason #452 why I love teaching.Right now you're thinking, "But how does she organize?" If not, take a moment to think it. I use binders for all my handouts, overheads, etc.

They may look a little boring above, but once they're on my desk...VA VA VOOM!
I don't know why this one won't turn right. Please tilt your head to the left.(Your heads are all turned to the left, aren't they?) In case you're wondering where I send all my friends e-mails type up my lesson plans...
And finally (yes, finally), my girly stuff. Every. single. notebook, notepad, sticky note, folder, and binder is girlified. It's my room, it's my space. I went/go a little crazy with it!
My advice to new teachers out there? ALWAYS have a stack of thank you notes on hand. You never know when you'll get that homemade tin of fudge or the handknit mittens that you need to quickly send a note of thanks out for.
So there it is! My home away from home. I hope you liked all the pink, green, purple, paisley, and polka dots!

66 comments:

Martha said...

i think that is how I will have my classroom one day "all girlified" !
Very cute!

Valarie Lea said...

I so need to do this in my office. Maybe I would like it better in here if I did. :)

Sandy Toes said...

Very very cute...yes, your classroom is your home away from home...sandy toe

dongdong said...

very pretty. Its so good surround ourselves with pretty things (to us) and they don't even have to be expensive. We just have to be creative. Sometimes for me that's hard but when I do, I get all excited. :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

...As pretty and organized as your home at home!!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Your classroom is so cute! I love it. I think I am going to make some cool binders like that too...I usually get bright colored paper for them, but it would be so much fun to use scrapbook paper instead! It would be a great way to make my office girly!

Sarah said...

I have my binders the same way, although I like your organization process with putting them in the file cabinet and having all handouts in one place instead of in file folders. Thanks for that idea! I get a lot of slack from other teachers about having "creative, pretty binders". Like you, it's my "scrapbooking" time :)

Mandi said...

Sorry you are at a funeral, but I did enjoy getting to see your classroom! I bet the girls in your classes think you are the coolest thing since sliced bread. Love everything you have done!

Becky said...

O.K. where do you get all of your great paper? I am so jealous! You also have inspired me for when I go back to teaching after this SAHM gig. DH teaches HS social studies and he doesn't take late work either. The parents just LOVE that. He has had many a conference regarding his "meanness". :)

Shannon said...

I would have loved to have a teacher like you! Your room is so cute and tidy!

tidymom said...

Very Cute!! I'm working on that look in my home office - I bought cute file folders a month or so ago - makes you enjoy being in there when it's all cute!!

~TidyMom

Jessica said...

I can't even keep up with my 3 kids school work, I don't know how you teachers do it. You look SO incredibly organized...do you ever sleep? Great job, love you teachers!

HouseMama said...

Love all the cute paper "stuff." Makes me want to go spend some time in the scrapbook section at every store. Love that I'm not alone in wearing clothes inside out. :)

Rambling Girl said...

Oh very cute! I love teachers! Now when I get my office I will fix it all girly also.

Carmen said...

I love it! Very cute! And very functional! I have never done the inside out thing (that I remember haha) but I *did* where my shirt backwards all day long once. I wondered why it felt so funny.

Susan said...

OK, my daughter's kindergarten classroom looks like a bomb went off in it (literally)! It is not the kids mess, trust me, it's her teachers! Hopefully, at some point, she will have a super cool, organized teacher such as you! fun fun!

Lil' Woman said...

Looks great...its soo pretty & organized,

OH MY #6 said...

very cute!
so sorry that you have had a loss.

Lea
xo

Kristen said...

Darling classroom Chris! I love how cheery and cute you made everything!

You *almost* make being in high school look (eeek!) FUN!!

I am feeling a trip to OfficeMax coming on...

Ashley said...

I have been reading your blog for awhile, but have never commented. But today, I just had to! I'm in my first year as a high school English teacher, and your room has completely inspired me. It was a total lightbulb moment--I need to bring some of me, some of my style into my room. It's so boring and dull and I have SO many papers everywhere and I hate fighting with manila folders in a filing cabinet. I'll be headed to Staples for binders :) And making my classroom my real "home" away from home

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

This was such a fun post!!! I should have known that you were one of the COOL teachers at school. Nothing else would do. : )
Thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

Oh Chris ~ what an awesome classroom! I'm sure your students think you are the coolest teacher ever!

Hugz,
Michele

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What a fun teacher you must be! LOVE all the girlified gloriousness of it all!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I helped my sister girlify her classroom. She loves it. Her classroom feels so homey. I love your ideas though, I will have to pass them along, thanks!

Mindy said...

I lurve, lurve, LURVE it! So neat, clean, and orgainized!

julie & joe said...

Very cute! Myabe some of my college students should have come through your class first....I hate late work! they think I'm mean because I won't accept it after a week has passed.

Mindy said...

PS I TOTALLY had my shirt on backwards all day today! LOL

Tammy said...

I love your classroom decor! It looks great. What a fun and inspiring place to come to every day. I have girly stuff at my office, too, seeing as I'm surrounded by two boys and two male dogs and a male cat at home. Gotta get my pink in where I can!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

What a cute classroom! Love it!

Michelle said...

Wow...love it! I think more people need to decorate their workspaces in such a way! It really gives the space a sense of ownership!

Michelle said...

EXCUSE ME? YOU HAVE A PHONE IN YOUR ROOM? WOW! How I would love that....AT&T wouldn't, but I would.
Have a great evening. I'm too embarrassed to show my teaching space...hee hee

Natalie said...

You = coolest teacher ever.

queenbee said...

I love your binders, I use to teach 3,6,7 grade. Your classroom almost makes me want to go back

Andrea said...

So tidy! The only day my desk/classroom is quite that tidy is the first day of school - before the kids get there. After that, my desk is a drop and run zone. I see the faux wood grain again on the last day of school! :)

I love using fabric on the bulletin boards. So many more choices!

Jodee Leader said...

I love it! You are sooo creative!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I would have loved a teacher like you!!! "Girlified" classrooms ROCK!

monica said...

I bet all the other teachers are secretly jealous of you! LOL I love your room!!

M.E. said...

OOh, I love those binders! I want to make up some now with cute scrapbook papers! Thanks for sharing!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Eye candy!! And I have those pink & green notebooks (on the right in that one picture)...got a ton of those at Target? (or was it Wally World?)....love them!

Our Complete Family said...

Seriously. Where were teachers like you when I was in school? Darn it I missed out girl!
Your classroom looks great! Truly a home away from home!

Tausha said...

one can never have enough polka dots, paisley, and other fun patterns. Never! If i could wear them all together at the same time-I would. I am pretty sure that others would make fun of me. Or wish that they could pull of being as cool as me. I am thinking it would be the latter. What do you think? Thanks for the inspiration! I love it-like usual.

sandra/tx said...

I love it, Chris. Thank you for sharing this fun part of you and your life. :-)

The Graves' House said...

oh, i can't wait to add scrapbook paper to all the binders in my room! can't believe i've never thought to do that. it adds a punch! thanks for sharing, i love to see other teachers classrooms.
~nicole

emily said...

Okay. So now I want to have a reason to have 15 white notebooks so I can girlify them UP! Love it all.

Joelle said...

this is so cute.. and totally depressing, it is way cuter than my house, let alone my work space!!

Lady Christie said...

Very cute!

And I have to say my head was tilted to the left, when I read that I stopped and thought how the hell did she know I don't know the difference lol.

Kristin said...

That was fun--thanks for the tour!

Sarah said...

I love all your girly accents!! Very cute!

Pink & Green Mama said...

So cute, I wish I had spent that kind of time on my classroom binders. I love the separate staplers idea, why didn't I ever figure that one out?! I did however, always have thank you notes on hand. : )

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I would have just loved my life if you were my teacher. You've got the coolest room!

Where do you get your scrapbook papers at?

Blarney said...

You SO need to visit out little school ... you put them to shame girl!

Phaedra : ) said...

So cute! I have some of those same paper accessories! I love your site.

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

I love that you shared a little piece of your "second home" with us. I used to be a teacher and my classroom actually looked a lot like yours. I was very into making it look pretty...and organized! What grade do you teach? I taught mostly 5th grade. Seeing this makes me kind of miss it...

Carol said...

I'm so sorry to read about your mom. Blessings to you.

You make me miss my teaching days! It's obvious that you are a great one! Wonderful post.

Tiff said...

I love it. I wish all the class rooms were like that! I love the notebook idea! I may need to do that to dress up my daughters notebooks for school. she would love that.

Betsy said...

Wow...your room is super cute!! I love it! I teach, too, so I will definitely be "stealing" some of your cute ideas!! :)

Amber B. said...

I wish I was in your class! How cute!!! None of my teachers were that creative and cutesy.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh yes you do!!! I would love to be a kid in your class,hehe. Could you please tell me the name of your bathroom paint color? I love it~

Carol J. said...

that is one cool collection! everyone knows that the best part of being a teacher is the supplies!!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

SO flippin cute... That is how my class will look like... you spend so much time there you have to make it your own :)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, Chris!!

SoBella Creations said...

Very cute!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I teach pre-school, so I loved seeing your classroom. I got some cute ideas. Yes, students love to see that we are "normal people" too and that we don't live at school all the time. LOL!!! Have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

Willow Decor: said...

I love your classroom - such a happy colorful place! I wish my children had you as a teacher!! I'll bet your great and the kids must love you!!
xxx-Gina

new every morning said...

As a fellow teacher, I totally have to agree that keeping it fun and 'girlyfied' is top priority.

True class!

Coco said...

SO CUTE!

It makes me almost want to go back to school... almost.

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