Saturday, August 24, 2013

School Dazed...

The thirst for wandering wasn't at all quenched this week.  I haven't shared any explorations because I haven't explored.  Like a winnebago with a flat tire, I've been parked.  Teaching for a living, the time has come to return to normalcy (as much as I possibly can that is, I mean, c'mon... ).

I've switched positions this year, moving from a self-contained Special Ed. room into a General Ed (and Inclusion-Special Ed.) 2nd Grade Room.   And, though my feet may be planted, my mind and my soul are wandering the world. 

My theme for the year is Learning Takes You Places. Along with the 2nd grade Owl theme, I really am happy with how my room turned out.
Took the doors of the closet to have shelving (along with the behaviour charts), The back of the room with the math and reading boards; I "moustache" you a Question board (yes, I laugh every time); and the welcome pennants into my room.
The small group/teacher area (I have foregone a desk in exchange for a horseshoe table that I finally got-- which, yes, I quickly painted with chalkboard paint); the Organization Station (Imagine me singing, "Let's get organized, organized" ala Olivia Newton John's Physical); and the haphazard quick door curtain I made with a piece of fabric, ribbons, a ruler, and a lot of hot glue.

The Library/Reading nook; Washi tape "rug"; milk crate bench; Suitcase Chair

Writing Center (I've since been gifted an electric typewriter-YEAH YEAH!), word wall and job chart.

The Museum Wall for "Proud Work" to be hung in the clothespins.

Yes, I've covered a table in a map; redone a vintage school desk in teal chalk paint and a vintage map; have globes galore; and a globe wall decal.  But, lets be real-- I'm sharing this on the weekend, I've a full tank of gas, and the mountains are calling. 


  1. Your classroom looks phenomenal! Congrats on moving up to 2nd grade!!!

  2. Karen, there will be a group of kids so lucky to have you as a teacher. As a parent I'd be pleading for you to be my child's teacher. You are so fun, creative and organized. Your room will be so inviting and the kids will just love you! I'm so excited for your new venture. The suitcase chair, so fun! Hey I didn't get to see a picture of the horseshoe table painted in chalk paint! LOVE that too. Best wishes for a great year ahead.