Bear with me, folks. This is bound to be a lengthy one!
As the "About Me" sidebar says, I'm still what I would consider to be a new teacher, despite having 2 classes under my belt. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn about the craft of teaching. I'm still not completely satisfied with the way it's been going, but word on the street is that one never is...so I'll try not to be too hard on myself in that aspect.
But I do like to think that what I lack in skill and technique, I make up for in my passion for the kids. I have loved, with my whole heart, every single group that I've ever had the privilege and pleasure to work with. I call them my babies (and being COMPLETELY new to 5th grade this year, this was a shock to them. I was met with many cries of "I'M NOT A BABY!" They soon learned fighting it was futile.) Some frown upon that terminology, and I can understand why, but I think it worked nonetheless. I guess until my old babies return to me from big, bad middle school and tell me I shouldn't have babied them, I will continue it.
Now, it is summer time, which is usually considered to be a teacher's well-deserved period of rest (unless they're teaching summer school, of course - which, luckily, I am not!). However, I fill my summers with working at the best summer camp my county has! No rest for the wicked, as they say. Since this crazy storm hit though, camp was canceled for 2 days because of power outages. Therefore, I've been enjoying a peaceful 5-day weekend.
In this 5-day weekend, I've been blog stalking (stalking is such a harsh word... I prefer intense research) numerous teachers and their beautiful blogs, their lessons, their freebies, their classrooms, and already I feel like I've learned so much more. It's overwhelming, really! One of the first things I learned (and actually well before this weekend, but it's just that this was the weekend I decided to get off my butt and make a blog!) is a principle I am flagrantly disobeying. What is this thing you call a "color scheme"? I love bright, vibrant colors WAY too much to obey that! Therefore, my color scheme is the rainbow. As you can clearly see. *gestures around to the color-crazy blog*
Hopefully that fact isn't too terribly bothersome to you, the visitor. But the thing of it is, all the colors are so bright and happy... and it makes me feel warm inside! I love looking at it. And in the end, that's all that really matters, isn't it? My classroom is decidedly the same. Each bulletin board is covered with the most vivid colors money could buy at the local fabric store. Despite the fact that I lack any real organizational skill (and thank GOD it isn't just me! Papers get so overwhelming during each busy school day, and then you get distracted by one thing or another and it's just never-ending!), I do make sure to try and enforce one for my babies. Each subject gets its own color, and naturally the colors end up being those of the rainbow! Thusly, I tried to match my boards to the colors of the folders. Last year, many, many things got in the way of that, however. Too many to bother naming. I'll look into fixing that this upcoming year. We'll see.
I suppose, without further ado, I should introduce the few pictures I took of my room that will give you any real sense of it. Unfortunately, these pictures were all taken around the start of the year. I am still kicking myself for never getting updated ones or even a panoramic one (my camera has that delightfully nifty feature, you know). But one of the things I do as a teacher who loves her babies and memories, is create a memory video. Therefore all my pictures were of my little minions doing what they do best....making me smile.
This was before I had a camera with an easy sweep-panorama feature. In any case, this was my hallway bulletin board in September. I took the idea from the wonderful Beth Newmingham...and this is sadly pretty much where my "theme" ended. I Photoshopped my kids into a concert scene, and had them all fill out Rock Star Bios! It was really cute. :) Plus, can't say no to a rainbow-music notes border!