I am so excited about having tables for my students this year! In an effort to avoid the black hole (a.k.a. messy student desks), I decided to go back to tables. Before moving to this school, the only thing I knew was teaching from tables and over the past three years, I have missed them dearly. A slight change for me though are these crate seats. My sweet hubby made each student a crate seat this year. This is going to help store my students’ notebooks, folders, books, BEE binders, etc. Tables are from School Specialty, crates are from Amazon, fabric from local fabric store, and table caddies from Really Good Stuff.
Please note that the following links are affiliate links:
Black Crates for Seats: Sterilite 16929006 Storage Crate, Black, 6-Pack
BEE Binders: Wilson Jones 368 Basic Round Ring Binder, 2 Inch, Black (W368-44NB)
This will be year #2 with using learning mats in my classroom. Often times my students are given a choice as to where they want to work. Some like to lay on the floor using clipboards and learning mats, some like to stand at my counter space, and this year some will choose to work from tables while sitting on a crate seat. I love to give my students choice! Learning mats are from Target.
My reading area doubles as a meeting area this year. I’m really loving the space! Our new reading curriculum is going to require frequent anchor charts so my easel will be coming in handy quite a bit this year.
As we work our way around the room, you will notice my reading focus wall and brag tags on the left. I have displayed my brag tags on a bulletin board under my reading focus wall so that they don’t get tangled. If you want to learn more about brag tags, I have written an extensive post filled with pictures and FAQ’s with answers. They have been a huge game changer for me since I started using them in 2013.
Here are links to the different brag tag products that I have used over the years:
Above my dry erase board are my new alphabet posters. All the borders that you see in my classroom are from Creative Teaching Press. The dry erase markers are attached with velcro to keep them out of the reach of my students and to store them at a convenient height for me! I am going to try out the Target brand of dry erase markers this year…I loved their color choices!
I purchase the Velcro off Amazon. Click the link below for my affiliate link:
Velcro: VELCRO Brand – Sticky Back – 15′ x 3/4″ Tape – Clear
I like to post my learning targets on my dry erase board because it is a convenient place for my students and myself to refer to them. I also like that I can erase and change them so easily. I used electrical tape to make the grid lines.
I purchase the Electrical Tape off Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
Duck Brand 299006 3/4-Inch by 60 Feet Utility Vinyl Electrical Tape with Single Roll, Black
Continuing around my classroom you will see my calendar and math focus wall display. I’m loving my new vocabulary and strategies pocket chart I have this year. I also like how I have just enough space for an anchor chart to be displayed.
My math station area is where I store the different math activities, task cards, centers, and interactive notebook activities that we are working on for that week. The files are laminated with the top open. I will be attaching velcro to the front of each file folder so that I can easily change out the station activity and my students will know what is inside of each folder. The station materials will be kept in a plastic zip bag before going into the folder.
Another thing that I love about my classroom is all of my cabinet space. I love to use the doors for displaying anchor charts and the doors are just the perfect size!
My rainbow carts are going to be used to store math manipulative again this year. I have decided to use Stacey’s editable labels for each drawer. I will be making new labels so that I can label what specific math manipulative is in each drawer. The colorful pattern bins are from Hobby Lobby. The rainbow storage carts are from Amazon. The labels are from Literacy for Big Kids.
I purchased my Rainbow Storage Cart off Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, Multi Color
Another area of my classroom that I love and spend a lot of time in is my guided reading area. Benchmark Literacy is the new reading curriculum that we have adopted this year so I will be spending a lot of time with students in the small group setting.
My crate seats are old and probably need to be recovered but I am going to try to get one more year out of them (fingers crossed). Inside of the crate seats I store some reading curriculum supplies and small group tools.
I changed up my word wall this year and I know I am going to love it. I used this dry erase board surface and turned it into a word wall by adding grid lines using electrical tape. The word wall cards can be found for FREE in my store.
This would be the view from my classroom door, near my guided reading area. This photo makes my teacher heart so happy!
I posted this photo to my Instagram and was surprised by how much attention the chevron border received! I took a border, put it through the laminator, and then taped it on the edges of this old metal shelf. Ta-da! I’ve got a fancy looking shelf!
Interactive notebooks are a big part of our math block. We use them every week. One of the issues I have with the spiral notebooks is that they fall apart more easily than the composition notebooks but I like the size of the spiral notebooks better. So, instead of having my students store their notebooks in their desks, we now keep them in these tubs. You can receive these tub labels for free or check out my interactive math notebooks in my store. I have interactive notebooks for both first and second grade!
My mailbox is a shoe organizer that I got from Target about 4 years ago. I created these editable mini tags that have proven to be very versatile! We use them for our lockers, brag tag display, crate seats, and partner sticks.
Underneath my mailbox counter, I have my new math tubs. I think that these are going to be a huge time saver for me this year! Inside of each tub I have stored my curriculum, lesson plans, stations, interactive notebooks, task cards, and printables. The math tub labels came from Amy Lemons.
I purchased my Math Tub Storage Containers from Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
Sterilite 16558010 28-Quart Clear Storage Box See-through, 10-Pack
Coming up on the last wall of my classroom, you will see my desk area and closet. I told you I had a lot of pictures!
My coat closet was covered with contact paper and bordered with a Creative Teaching Press border. I love the motivational posters that I received from Creative Teaching Press. They go perfectly with my classroom theme.
I love my picture collage that I have started behind my desk. I have yet to add to this collage but it’s a start!
My teacher toolkit has proven to be a huge time saver for me and the adults that work in my classroom. I like that they don’t have to dig through my messy desk drawers to find a pend or a post it note. The labels came from Ladybugs Teacher Files.
I purchased my Teacher Toolkit from Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
Akro-Mils 10126 26 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage Hardware and Craft Cabinet, 20-Inch by 10-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch, Black
Behind my desk you will find my birthday display. Once my students arrive, I plan to take pictures of them holding their birthday number and then putting the picture on their birthday month.
As you may have noticed, I don’t have a file cabinet in my classroom. Last year I went from two tall file cabinets to zero. I keep a lot of files on my computer and the rest in binders. I use sheet protectors so that my master copies don’t have holes in them. #TYPEAPROBLEMS I have really enjoyed using this system. It works great for me!
I purchased my White Three Ring Binders from Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 3 Inch, Basic, 362 Series, Customizable, White (W362-49W)
As we round the final corner, we come to more tubs that store and organize my resources. These tubs are where the resources for the current unit of study are stored for quick reference.
I think it is very fitting that we end with this photo of a quote I came across and have decided to make this our classroom motto this year. Work Hard. Be Kind. Isn’t that great? I think it covers everything and I hope that this visual reminder will be a focus for all who enter my classroom.
Thank you for stopping over to check out my classroom reveal post. I hope you take a minute to follow my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TPT Store, and Pinterest accounts for more updates as we go into the school year. I love teaching 2nd grade and can’t wait to share all of the adventures, ideas, and learning we encounter this year!
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