I'm a 27 year old 5th grade teacher in South Louisiana. This is will be my 6th year teaching, and my seventh year in 5th grade. I am a lover of all things monogrammed, neon, Eric Church, and digital creations!
In my new district, teachers return August 2nd. I was able to get into my classroom during the first week of July. If you are following my journey on social media, you know that my new school is at a temporary location until our school is finished being constructed. We are hoping to move into our newly constructed school at some point this school year, but we all know construction can have many setbacks.
This summer, my entire classroom was in my garage. Thankfully, I downsized A LOT in the move. There are a few things I decided to just store in my garage due to space in my temporary classroom. I would hate to throw away things and then need them in my newly constructed room. Let me give you a few pictures of my classroom before I moved all of my things in and also before the teacher before me moved her things out.
This school was shut down due to population numbers for four years before our school moved in temporarily. The district did the best they could to get it up to date as much as possible. I will tell you these janitors worked EXTREMELY hard keeping it clean. Since these pictures, my floor has been waxed and every shelf, window ledge, table, and chairs have been wiped down. I plan to do a full classroom tour and video once I am completely finished, but until then, here are a few of the progress pictures.
This year I will be teaching 3 blocks of Math. These schedule cards are from Cooties & Cuties on TPT. She had many different options.
This bulletin board I split into two different sections. I plan to use the left side to display Accelerated Math objectives that my students master throughout the year. I want a type of interactive data board. I will try to post a picture of it when it is finished before student names are written in. On the right side, I plan to post Math anchor/reference charts that we are learning. I do not want to constantly poke holes in the bulletin board paper so I will likely hang with command hooks or some other hack! Stay tuned! The bulletin board paper is from Amazon. You can get that here. The llama and cactus banner is from the party section at target. I ordered one online and should be receiving it soon to hang on the other side! The AWESOME place value line is from Teaching and So Fourth on TPT. My students referenced this chart for the past two years. It is a GREAT visual to have up in the room! The bulletin border is also from Amazon. You can grab that here.
This is my classroom library. Remember, I just teach Math. I use my library more as an early finisher type of resource. I don't have my books sorted in any specific way. The shelf was built by my hubby a few years ago and the bins are from Walmart. You can grab those here. The top baskets are my turn in bins. Those will be set up next week. Stay tuned. Last but not least is my favorite part of my classroom...
The teal cart is from Michaels. I keep all of my marker board things and likely anything else I need at the front of the room that day. The chair is from Amazon! I got it last year when I was pregnant and my doctor suggested I sit more during the day. HA! At least I got a cute chair out of the deal! You can grab the chair here. I'm not sure if the color is still available. The alphabet is from Miss 5th on TPT. When I posted the above picture on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about the bulletin board!
I used the same bulletin board paper and border as mentioned above. The puffball banner is from Target dollar spot a few years ago, but you can find similar ones on Amazon here. If you are interested in the letters and cacti, those are available in my store here.
Last, I printed and laminated a few signs for the outside of my classroom. The Meet the Teacher newsletter is available in my store here. I have made the other sign for many years now. My students love to see where I graduated from and their anticipated high school graduation year. Of course, I explain to them that not everyone will go to college, but everyone is capable. By the time they graduate, my wish is that they are college OR career ready. Some students go through life and are never asked where they will go to college because they just assume they cannot. I hope that they always know I believe in them that they can! If you would like this free editable template to post outside of your room & want to receive emails for future freebies and tips, sign up below!
There is something very exciting and scary about change. For me, I have always dealt with change better when I was in control of it and knew it was coming. Anticipated change sits well with me.
The end of the school year brought many mixed feelings. I felt in my gut that I needed to make a change. After teaching for 7 years in the same district/town, I could feel a shift in things personally and professionally that pushed me to make a move. I was contacted by a Principal in the town I live in. She had an opening. 5th grade Math. MY. DREAM. I went on an interview and was hired.
The next few weeks I spent time soaking in the moments with my students. Some of them, I taught their siblings. I knew their families. Thankfully, some of them were the youngest of those families so I didn't feel like I was missing out. I received so many kind words of encouragement from those families and from a few co-workers. Nothing makes you feel like you have made a great decision than when someone tells you, "I just can't blame you, you have to do what is important to you." Teacher turnover is a real thing. It was more common than most would like to admit at this school. It is hard to let someone go that is your right hand, teacher bestie, and friend. BUT you have to let them go. They need to do what is best for themselves. Sometimes they come back because it was not what they were expecting. Other times, they find EXACTLY what they needed.
I pray that my new school is the school of my dreams. I don't need much. I just want to feel appreciated, supported, and encouraged. What features does your school have that makes you want to come back each year?
"And suddenly you know. it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."