Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back to School BASH Linky: Classroom Setup + GIVEAWAY!

Today I am linking up with some of my amazing blogger friends to bring you a 4 week linky series of helpful tips as you venture back into the classroom for a new school year!
This week I am going to be discussing some ideas and tips that I have for classroom setup and organization!

Before you even walk into the classroom, it is really a great idea to draw a diagram of how you would like to set up your room. This will be a MAJOR timesaver in the future for you!
***Another important helpful tip: Prepare ahead of time!! 
I know a lot of people don't want to give up their summer by working on anything school related, but it will really help you when you are crunched for time during preplanning and in meeting after meeting if you have most of it prepped and ready to go. Here are some ideas that I prepped over the summer for when I go back to school in a few weeks:
 I always make inspirational quotes based on my classroom theme:
 I place these table numbers in the middle of each table. I make them based on the school theme that we have this year. This year we are doing a space theme!
I have printed my new classroom decor, and I am already laminating away so it is ready to be hung.
I also prepped my birthday cups for the year. This is an idea that I started a few years back. I give each student one of these cups on their birthday and it is a HIT!! They love them!

Here is the blog post about the birthday cups if you want more information! Click HERE to read!
I also made these privacy shields for students to work independently. My teammate gave me this idea last year, and I loved it! They do have some "helpers" on them to aid during math, reading, and writing specifically. I took triboards and cut them in half to create these.

*** When you consider your classroom environment, make it warm and friendly for your students. I want my students to be excited about our classroom. I want them to WANT to come back to school everyday!
I like to make everything crisp and clean looking. Since I haven't returned to my classroom yet this year, here are some pictures of my classroom from last year! 

 As you can tell, I love colorful and bright! Last year our school theme was a rock star theme, hence the zebra stripes. My students were so excited about our classroom from the minute they walked in the door at Meet the Teacher! This is the vibe you want to establish.
As you can see above, I hang my word wall on ribbons. I like the presentation that the ribbons make and the words are super easy to hang on the ribbons.

***Make everything user friendly and accessible for students.
There is a caddy in the middle of each table with pencils, a box of crayons for each student, their scissors, and glue sticks for each student. This provides quick and easy access when you ask students to get out their materials.
I also make Tidy Tubs for each table for students to put their scrap paper in after they do any cutting. Let me tell you that this idea has worked wonders for keeping all of that scrap paper off of my floor!

*** Have everything set up in student desks for Meet the Teacher!
I have all books in their desks ready to go and name tags already on their desks. I attach their nametags with velcro dots in case I need to make any adjustments. This is an easy way to be able to switch any students around. 
I also have a welcome goody bags on their desks, which of course are a hit with my students! The most important thing, like I said above, is that they walk in your room and feel like it is HOME! :-)

Please hop around and read about other classroom organizational ideas from these fabulous bloggers! Also please link up and share any FAB ideas that you have to start our new school year off with a bang!
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  1. Looks amazing!!!! I hated my room wasn't quite ready for pics for this one!! That is my job today! I love your birthday cups! I may have to borrow that idea! Can't wait for the rest of this Back to School Bash!


  2. We ab-so-lutely LOVE your birthday cups Lisa!!! I'm getting ready to hop over and read about how you made them...may have to add these to my "TO MAKE LIST" before school starts! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Victoria & Tricia♥♥♥

  3. I LOVE the birthday cup idea! It is so creative and such a special way to celebrate birthdays in your classroom. Looking forward to a great Linky party!

  4. LOVE the birthday cups! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  5. I absolutely LOVE your room! Looks super inviting and I love all the colors! I completely agree that it helps to have things done ahead of time! It's a huge time saver!

  6. Everything looks SO great! You are definitely ready for school to start!!
    Very Perry Classroom

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  8. Your classroom looks AWESOME! I love the idea of "tidy tubs"! I am definitely going to try that out this year! Your classroom looks so neat and organized! I like a crisp, clean look too!! I'm so glad you are helping with this linky and that I've made a new virtual teacher friend!
    The Owl Teach

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