Actually, for all intents and purposes - I had a really great week. My elective kids seem to be good kids, enjoying my wacky ways of doing things and being able to roll with the punches. It's nice to have kids repeat back my super chipper "Good Mooorning!" at the door. Last year, they sneered at me as they dragged themselves into my room. Not a good way to start off your day.
Too bad I only had one problem boy this afternoon. He told me that learning about the Olympics in the computer class was "Stupid and he knows everything about computers anyway" and then stomped from the room as I explained that I didn't really think he knew everything and it was only the first week of school... Oh well. Tough cookies for him. He can transfer out or whatever. Don't care. He's not ruining my happiness of the computer lab and wonderful students.
On to my classroom! Remember back in June - this is what my room looked like:
I'm proud to present my room as it stands now! I know that it's not super fancy like many a elementary room, but the computers take up most of the space. Plus, I need open project space for photography, video shots, etc.
My teaching station. Every period, I display the date and our Daily Objective that they copy down into their Reminder Binder. I always thank them for being here!
My All About Me board - Yes, kids your teacher has a life outside of school! I'll fill it up with more things as the year progresses!
My all black background with fun borders to make it pop!
Classroom Computer Lab Guidelines... I'm going to add more computer info graphics to this board when I find them. Surprisingly, there's not a whole lot of computer poster stuff at Lakeshore. Also, not a lot of computer graphics online either.
The wall behind the paper was so torn up and ugly. Had to cover it up!
One section of blue to contrast against the black. Really makes it POP! This is where all the school announcement stuff will go.
And finally... this is stupid, but I'm so proud of my ugly switch solution. I bemoaned a while back about the paper and having the cut around the outlets. I put up my paper and cut out the holes for the outlets, not worrying too much about cutting them close, but keeping clean edges. Then I bought the cheap borderette at Lakeshore and cut that to match the edges. It almost looks like it's peeling up the sides and I like the change in texture. Yes, this is dorky, but I liked how it came out!