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Monday, August 19, 2013

I love surprises...but not this kind!

All summer long I believed I'd be teaching 3rd or 5th grade this year. A few weeks ago it was 3rd grade for sure. Just last Wednesday, I was switched to 1st! Talk about a change! Of  course, this is after my room was all set up for 3rd grade. It only took 3 days to take down everything and start over. All I'm waiting for is a reading group table, then I'm ready for the kiddos!

Here are some before and afters:
My room as I first got it. Yikes!
All ready for 3rd grade!
Calendar math wall

Carpet area--my wonderful principal bought the carpet at Home Depot for me, vacuumed the rug underneath, arranged the carpet, and then vacuumed the stray fibers! 

job chart


Something new for my reading strategy display. I've tried the CAFE in the past, and it just didn't work for me. I saw positive results with some kids, but not all. So I'm picking and choosing the pieces that work best for me. We'll see how it goes!

cute little tables instead of those big, bulky desks

another view of my tables

word wall

And I'm through!


  1. Natalie...your room looks great! My room is getting closer, but I am not qquite ready to show pictures just yet.

    Terri Izatt

  2. I love your room arrangement! Love the story about your carpet! It's those special little considerations that make you feel at home in a new school. My first year at WPW my principal bought me a special chair for my circle time area. I got to choose it, a nice little glider rocker with pockets on each side. I have passed the "throne" and title on to my best-friend-in-Vegas, Brandi B.

    1. It was totally unexpected! I think I'm going to like it here :)