Here it is, folks! My classroom reveal for 2019. I missed posting last year. It’s a long story which boils down to – my classroom flooded with sewage in September 2017 and I taught in an alternative classroom all year. Even though I was able to move back in in the late Spring in preparation to start 2018, there were still issues and minor fixes that needed to be made so my room wasn’t finished until mid-September. By then, it was past Classroom Reveal Season so I didn’t bother.
So, here we are. Year 2 in my renovated room. If you are follower of previous classroom reveal posts (here’s the last one I did in 2014), you’ll see some major changes since the flood. Before the flood, my classroom had blue wallpaper and the doors and window sills were painted blue. I also had wooden risers that the maintenance department at my school had built for the previous music teacher. Those were lost in the flood. Something about sitting for hours in ankle deep sewage… I was sad to lose those because of the storage but the flipforms are much more sanitary and sturdy. It wasn’t just the risers. All of my furniture was lost so that meant shopping. Luckily, my instruments were not lost because the first graders I had in my room at the time of the flood jumped into action when I shouted “Get the instruments off the floor!” They loaded all the instruments onto the risers and saved them all! We also had a specialist look at my piano and there was, thankfully, no damage.
Okay, enough of that biz. Let’s see at what it looks like now!
Warning! I may have gone overboard on the Bitmoji this year but they’re just so cute. I had seen other teachers who had posted their’s on the door and loved it especially since my classroom just says music on the outside and not my name like other teachers (though I think it is because my doors go to the outside and not a hallway and I’m the only teacher in my building). I cut out my Bitmoji and the text using my Cricut and black Cricut brand removable vinyl. For anyone wanting to create your own vinyl bitmoji, you do have to edit it to black and white and then remove the white to create negative space to get this kind of cut. I used Photoshop to do the edits on my Bitmoji. The wreath was made by Pink Cat Designs.
When students enter, they come down the hallway following the tape. I prefer to have a path for students to the carpet and risers so there is less wandering and everyone knows the expectation to go immediately to their seat.
I said there was Bitmoji Overload, remember. My door stays locked for safety reasons which I am a fan of. In fact, I advocated for the door being locked all the time way before all the campus doors were locked. I, along with administration and the nurse, are the only people on campus with access to the building. Trust me, one person telling you how they were in your room when you weren’t there is one too many. It’s like someone being in your home without you there. I’m not talking subs. I’m talking about someone just chillin’. Anyway, sometimes students or teachers come looking for me and get confused when I don’t answer the door. Sometimes I’m gone and students or teachers don’t know where they could find me. This was my answer. The “Where is Miss Coffey?” part goes on the outside of the door when I’m gone and the individual cards are on the inside of the door. I backed them with small magnets so they could be placed on the sign and on the door when not in use.
This Bitmoji masterpiece is for students to use to choose how they want to be greeted. Although I have seen other version of this since creating this, it actually was a semi-original idea (it makes me feel better if I don’t just TOTALLY copy other people…lol)
This bulletin board has gone through many renditions and all of them have been posted on this blog. A previous version is currently available for sale HERE. I am planning to update it with this one but, as you can see, this one has more pieces and I used the print and cut feature on my Cricut to do those. Maybe I’ll leave the current one AND have the update available so that people can choose if they want the easy print option or the many pieces option.
This is my office. Since the flood ruined all of my furniture, I was able to buy new. I love my new corner desk because it gives me desktop space to work with and the matching file cabinets just make me so happy. It just looks so much cleaner than it did before (ironic after a sewage flood). With the exception of the Funko Pop collection, I think I’ve grown up in my decorating skills.
If you’ve been a longtime follower, you’ll recognize my Not Quite Anchor Charts which have also gone through several reiterations and are available for sale HERE. As you can see, I’ve redone them again to match my classroom decor and they may become in my store at a later time.
I created this Alphabet to match my color scheme. It may also become available in my store soon. The word wall pieces were created by Melody Payne and can be found HERE.
The objectives board was created with Black Cricut brand removable vinyl (and my cricut…duh) and black electrical tape. After I made it and printed out even more Bitmoji, I wanted the objectives to look nice too and not be handwritten. I didn’t realize how big of a project it was to type out, print, and bind my objectives for each grade for the entire year. Mod Mus is my modified music class for students with significant disabilities whose needs require more attention than what the general education music class can offer and I really can’t plan too far ahead for that one since I don’t even know the students, their ages, their needs until school stars (hence the hole). I’m not quite finished and need more command hooks to hang them like the 5th grade example shown.
Another Bitmoji project which I just think is fun.
I use Class Dojo as a classroom management tool and students can earn privileges based on their “belt.” They also get a Belt card as they level up. I also have other “brag tags” for skills and character traits as you can see. I don’t have my “brag tags” for sale but Tracy King has some available for sale here.
This poster is available in my Teachers Pay Teacher Stores HERE.
This bulletin board is new and I THINK I’m going to use the MUSIC rules as my main rules. School starts in Monday so I better decide quick. Previously, this bulletin board had the posters above which are all available in my store.
All teachers in my school have been asked to have calming zones in the classroom for students to calm-down in. Mine is behind the piano so they have some privacy if they’re having a meltdown. The letters were cut with my Cricut and using the removable Cricut brand vinyl mentioned above.
The flowers are from Hobby Lobby and were on clearance. (Yay)
I LOVE these carpet squares from Lakeshore Learning because they allow me to assign seats by numbers without having to figure out how to attach the numbers. I also like having the carpet squares on the flipform risers because they are so loud. Pre-K sits on the carpet while everyone else mostly sits on the risers.
Although I do miss the under riser storage of my old risers. I do like the mini-stage created by my extra flipforms for my instruments. Students in K-2 are able to sit up on the stage and play the instruments without moving them. Students in 3-5 do have to move some instruments to fit their bigger bodies on the stage. I also have some smaller glockenspiels on a shelf so I have enough for everyone to play at the same time.
Instrument Posters are available by Melody Payne HERE.
Music is a Language Poster available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store HERE.
The Rules According to Mr. Potato Head poster is not currently for sale. Pre-K and Kinder do Mr. Potato Head rules at the beginning of school to introduce classroom rules.
I know. I need two more boxes. It’s a work in progress. I love the organization though!
Well, I think that’s it. If you have any questions, let me know!
Thanks for reading!