I had spent the last few days adding some finishing touches to my classroom and preparing a PowerPoint presentation for my new class. I was so excited to meet them! We started off greeting all of the families in the cafeteria and then bringing up our individual classes for a tour of the room and introduction to the grade. I don't know if the turn out was more shocking or disappointing. I have 24 students on my roster... only ONE parent showed up, and he didn't bring his child. My last class had great parent participation, which is rare in the city. Fortunately, the one parent I met last night is an active member of the PTA executive board, and as president of the School Leadership Team I know him well. It will be great having his child in my class.
Below is a picture of one of the favors I prepared for the parents. I also had lollipops for the students (none of which were given out).
|A favor for parents who attended my Meet-the-Teacher event|
As promised, here are some photos of my 2012-2013 classroom. I had a vision of blue and green with pink accents. It turned out to look like a lot of pink! It's hard to believe I used the least of that roll of paper.
Note: Our first two days after Labor Day are teacher planning days, and we will have from 12pm until the end of the day to finish setting up our rooms. I will be using that time to put away the extra clutter that hasn't found a space yet. You'll see some of that in these photos.
|My classroom library, meeting area, and Smartboard.|
|Close up view of my renovated cabinets.|
|Close up of the word wall|
|We're Mooo-ving Up Reading Levels!|
|Lockers and Guided Reading Table|
|You are the reason I am here|
|Math Center and back wall|
To conclude my "after" shots of the classroom, I have to share an "after" shot of my helpers.
|All worn out from the classroom setup|
I hope you enjoyed a tour of my room! I will update the photos as the week progresses. I welcome any feedback to make the room more effective.