Monday, September 10, 2012

Week Two

As I am beginning my second week of school I figured it was about time to show how lovely my classroom looks.  It is not large.  The girls call it cozy.

This is the door that greets the girls each day.  Their pictures are their name tags and they love looking at themselves. :)  Also on the bottom of the door is a poster that I had made using a poster I found on Pinterest.  We use it similar to a class constitution.

A4b is going to tweet this year!  Follow us @SHSAcademy4b

This is the view of my classroom looking south.

The girls' desks are in groups of 5 until we have our first math test.  After each math test I change the seating arrangement.

This is our class library.  I am working to properly sort each book into the correct genre.  It is a long and tedious job.

The top of this bulletin board is math.  Items will be added as we progress through each unit.  The bottom is full of reminders of usernames and passwords for several websites we use. 

This is our writing bulletin board.  As we work on a trait I will add information below as a reminder to the girls. 
Also I love the quote above the board.
Fairness is everyone getting what he or she needs.

This is how I take bus attendance every day.  The girls are responsible for moving their magnet to yes or no first thing in the morning.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of A4b!

Julie :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

It's Meet the Teacher Day!

I spent today meeting 19 of my 20 girls and their parents.  It is always so exciting, and a little nerve-wracking meeting my new students.  I know that the girls were just as excited and nervous to meet me as I was to meet them.

Each one of my girls found her desk, located her locker, and then colored a stick girl that I use for grouping.  The last thing to do before each student leaves is to take their "First Day" picture.  I cut out each picture and glue it on a camera name tag.  Putting a face to a name is not only helpful to me, but also to my colleagues.  Of course the girls love seeing their pictures hanging on the door.

The day was great!  Unfortunately, there were two things that put a damper on the greatness.  The first was the heat.  It was so hot in my classroom.  I do not get much of a breeze because the windows face a courtyard.  I do have four fans in the classroom so at least there is air movement.  Tomorrow is going to be another hot one so I am planning a little extra time on the playground.  The second downer was when I bent down to pick up a book and managed to slam my head into the corner of a bookshelf. I have a large bump right between my eyes, and a bit of a headache.  Now, it was bad enough that I hit my head, but somehow I managed to hit the shelf at the exact same time one of my students along with her family walked in the room. Holding back tears, I made it through my little spiel before I sprinted down the stairs to the school nurse for an icepack. I am just hoping that the bump will get smaller and not bruise before tomorrow.

I can't wait to show off my adorable classroom to everyone tomorrow!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Classroom

I worked in my classroom for three full days last week.  This week we have faculty meetings so I have only been able to put in a few minutes here and there.  Needless to say there is a lot to work to do and not enough time to do it.  Will  my room get finished?  Of course!  Will I cut some corners so I don't have to be in the hot classroom until 6:00pm? Of course!  Here are a few pictures of what my classroom looked like upon my arrival on Tuesday.

This is a view from the north side of the classroom. 
The classroom is basically a rectangle, long and narrow.

Another view from the front of the classroom, looking east.

This is the view from the hallway.

Off to work!  Hopefully I will get the classroom looking cute today so I can focus on getting my plans finished for Tuesday which is Meet the Teacher Day!

Julie :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Have a Follower!

Happy Thursday Evening!

I have my first follower! Thank you to my sweet baby sister Holly for following your older sister!  I hope you enjoy learning about what it is like being a teacher of 20 fourth grade girls.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello World!

Hello World!

My name is Julie and this is my very first post.  I am new to blogging and hope that this is a rewarding experience for both me and any readers around the world.  I want to share my experiences teaching 4th grade and to discover ways to improve my teaching from all of you.

School begins after Labor Day so I am anxious to be in my classroom.  The plan is to get to work next week.  I will have before and after pictures at a later date.

Take Care!