Hi’ya! Thanks for coming back to see another classroom makeover! This week I am going to be sharing some pictures of the work we did in, my coworker, Casey’s room. Casey and I have taught together for two years now.
Casey would be what I call a classroom hoarder! She literally has EVERYTHING anyone could possibly want. You need a hammer? Casey has it. How about a staple gun? Yup! A magnet sweeper? Casey does in fact have it. Because…you never know when you might need a magnet sweeper!
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Because she has everything anyone could ever want in her room, she needed some help with purging and organizing. That’s where I stepped in! 😀
Here are a few before pictures of her room:
As you can see, she has a lot going on. Her U-Table is covered with stuff which makes meeting with students in guided reading or small group settings difficult. I always tell teachers, if you don’t do anything else, organize your U-Table because when admin walk in your room and see a covered U-Table, it is easy to assume that you aren’t pulling any small groups. So at least make it look like you are! 😉
Here is her writing center which you can see has tons of papers on it. While there is a lot of work for the students to do at the writing center, there isn’t much room for them to do it.
The Game Plan
Anytime I meet and support a teacher, I have them tell me their three “high need areas.” What are the places that you feel the most lost in or the areas that need the most help? We target those areas first before moving on.
Casey’s number one objective was to get organized. About fifteen minutes into my time with her, I realized real quick that we were going to have to have a strict plan of action. Because every time I turned around, Casey was working on something new in her room.
So we started out by listing all the things she needed to get done, in order of importance, on her whiteboard. They were really big and in red letters so that we could stay on track. Then we could cross it off the list as we finished it. There is something about crossing an item off a list that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
No…I don’t have issues.
We made “sell,” “give,” and “recycle” piles outside her door. This way, as we came across items to get rid of, we had a place for them to go.
I would recommend that if you like to hang on to things for that “one day, maybe I MIGHT just need it, just in case” kind of person…getting a TRUSTED friend or coworker to help you with the decluttering process.
There were a lot of things that I found in Casey’s room that truly served no purpose. I was there to encourage her to part with things that weren’t being used. I also may or may not have gotten rid of a few things without telling her. 😉 Like…the 5th post it note container I found in her desk.
We worked to clear off her U-Table and find homes for all of the things that were laying up there.
I also took over organizing her desk and making it look pretty. Weird…but I love setting up desks. We wanted to make her room look as welcoming and decluttered as possible for Meet the Teacher Night when her second grade babies would be venturing into their new classroom.
Then we set up her student desks in groups of four- again, to allow the optimal environment for cooperative learning.
We pushed her brown cubbies up against the wall, which she has since moved out giving her more space on the carpet and more space on that bulletin board. On top of the brown shelves are baskets for all of the work that needs to be turned in as well as a crate to turn in homework folders. Again, as long as everything has a place to go, then there is no reason for clutter to build up in a classroom.
Casey- I really appreciate the way you allowed me to take rein in your room and that you trusted me enough to do that. I am so proud of the hard work you have put into your classroom this year and all the effort you have made at getting routines and your classroom organized. I have seen such a growth in you and it has been so exciting to be there and watch you do amazing and fun things for your students. They LOVE you and the relationships you build with your kids is one of trust and comfort! 🙂
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Until next time,