Slice of Life Tuesday: Ready for our first day of school – room tour!


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Wednesday, September 3rd., 2014. Opening Day.  A new school year will begin, and, once again, nervous new sixth graders will walk through my classroom door and begin the process of transforming Room 202 into their learning space.

I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a bit obsessive about our classroom.  It isn’t the largest, and it has its issues (one wall is a foldable, let’s open these two rooms into one, essentially cardboard wall – so we can hear the sixth grade next door…and they can hear us), but I do love it.  I love walking down the hallway to it every morning, turning on the lights, and getting to work in its space.  I love the way I can tweak this or that every new school year, and still have it be its essential 202 self.  As I said, I’m not altogether rational when it comes to this room.

Which is why I love showing it off…so, here goes:

A welcome bulletin board outside, and an invitation for Reading Graffiti:

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The door does not escape notice (I hope!):

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A view from the front, our desks grouped for lots of collaboration:

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Our reading/meeting/group work/hanging out and chilling (i.e.@ lunch time) space:

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Writing portfolios and work stations ready to go:

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A corner just for me:

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The “memory wall” of friends who have lived in this room:

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And those “extras”:

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The room is ready, and so am I…welcome, new school year!


27 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday: Ready for our first day of school – room tour!

  1. Hope you have a great year, Tara. Your room looks great, and I know how lucky your students are to have you as their teacher!

  2. Your classroom reflects your personality and your openness to your students. All my best for your start this week. (Love your new banner picture. Where is that?)

  3. It looks great. I found out last Friday that I was going back to being a classroom teacher after being a Specialist for 6 years. My room is ready, but still needs work. There are still unpacked boxes in the cupboards!

  4. Love seeing different parts. I too had a bulletin board with pics & notes, etc. to ‘remember’ the years that had come and gone. And I love so many books-book love for sure! Hope today is a terrific start, Tara. Know that I’m sending my best wishes!

  5. I love your room and your obsession/passion for it. All the little touches don’t go unnoticed by your students. I hope today was wonderful. I’m so looking forward to getting to know your kiddos this year.

  6. Books, books, books – inviting. You have put so much care into the classroom environment. And I remember that you always bring flowers on Monday. Have a wonderful year!

  7. Thank you for sharing. The pictures look like they could be a part of all of the wonderful Readers and Writers Workshop books/sessions/twitter chats I have attended. So fortunate for your students that you honor them as readers and writers with the room. (I have a son in 6th grade too!)

  8. Thanks for sharing, I love seeing the pictures! It’s another window into learning about each other! If I were in your class I would love seeing those new books. I can’t remember being in a 6th grade class that had books as a kid.
    Hope all went well with your surgery and you’re ready to go!

  9. My own life has been so busy that finally I got up early today just to touch base with my favorite blog posts. Loved having a view of your room. I hope this week is an amazing start to your year as you open your door to your new learners.

  10. Loved the tour. I had to click on several pics so I could see more detail. I definitely want to see all the titles in the Mrs. Smith’s fav summer reads basket. I’m sharing this with my 6th grade teacher friends! Have a fabulous year of learning with the Smithlings! .

  11. Your room looks amazing and I am SURE that not only the collaborative desks but also the spirit of risk taking and community that YOU foster will lead to not only a great first day of memorable marshmallows but also a year full of memorable literacy infused moments.

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