Monday, 30 January 2012

Setting up my classroom

Exhausted, tired, need to sleep!!!! 
But instead I decide to blog a new post about my first 2 days setting up my classroom. It has been a very exciting, stressful and crazy process- but at least my room is now starting to look half decent.

I really never realised how much effort it took in setting up a classroom, but now that I have done my first room, hopefully it will be easier in the years to come (hopefully!?!)

So yesterday morning I went in with a car full of things, walked into the classroom and started setting up my tables and chairs, unpacking resources and then unloading all of my things. Then back in today to make a display, and do lots of little things.

Anywho pictures speak 1000 words so please take a look....

A few different views from my room

My birthday display, just want to add a title and some ribbon to the bottom of the balloons! Might also redo a few flowers as they curled and collapsed in the 35+ heat in Melbourne.

My bday pencils- see other post about how I made them 

My teacher desk- very happy, have lots of room and large cupboards behind it!

Got this great organiser of amazon. The kids are going to put their completed work sheet in their folders and any sheets that are not finished outside their folders so they know what unfinished work they have

My chair!

Love my task board, just need to get some pictures for activities throughout the day (and being really pedantic, I want to reprint the kids names in a diff colour for the reading groups)

The start of my reading display! 

Prayer table

 Great letters- I got them from delawarecountymoms

Love vista print, got lots of great things for free including this sign. Just made a wordle and added it!

Made a behaviour clip chart. Got the idea from teach-a-roo


  1. Hi Michelle,

    You certainly took me back to the first time I set up my classroom. It really is a great time of the year when we get to transform our classrooms into a learning environment.

    I love your classroom. You have certainly spent a lot of time getting it ready but i am sorry to say I still, after 11 years of teaching, still spend weeks preparing my classroom each summer holidays!

    Thanks for you idea about the birthday pencils. I am certainly going to add that to my to do list!

    Good luck for a great year.

  2. I love that you have a prayer table in your room. I'd love to have one in mine.


  3. The room looks awesome! Your students are going to be so lucky to be in your class :)
    Do you teach in a religious school (I am wondering about the prayer table). In Manitoba we do not bring in religious aspects into the school unless it is a private school.

  4. Hi! New follower here! Your room is looking great! Good luck!!!

    When you get a second, come on over and check out my blog!

    Teachery Tidbits

  5. Good job on the room, it looks good. What kind of access to technology do you have within your own classroom or is that done in another area of the school?
    Also, get used to moving. I haven't been in the same room (sometimes I have chosen to move) for the past seven years. I have gotten to the point where I pack light and have the setup down to an art.

  6. Hey Michelle!!
    Good stuff on starting a blog - I would love to... (I attempted but then thought who is going to even come and visit mine)
    :) xo

    1. Thanks Steph,
      I made it in the summer holidays and cos term 1 was so stressful i never posted anything or even had time to look at this! However I am going to try and post again!!! lol! No one probably reads this either but its still a bit of fun! Make one and we can comment on what each other is doing and steal each others lesson ideas... we basically share most things anyway :) I promise ill read it haha!!

  7. Thanks to all these lovely comments and I am sorry I havnt replied to you. After a very hectic first term teaching, I now have my head screwed back on and can get back into the blogging world! I hope you visit again soon :-)

  8. Hi Michelle,

    I was wondering if you can tell me where you found your chair. I am a new teacher setting up my classroom and would love a chair like yours.


  9. Wow! You're classroom looks awesome! I can only imagine how great your lessons are if you spent that much time creating a learning environment. I'm a teacher in Washington, USA and came across your blog looking for writing prompts. Just wanted to say well done! :o)

  10. Hello! I would love to know where you got the items on your calendar board. I plan on using that in my room next year and wasn't going to create one if you had the original or know where I could get it. Thanks so much!!

    1. Hello, if you have a look at my post- Morning meeting calendar- u will see where I got all the items for the calendar! Good Luck making it!