Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Plan A Not So Great

Plan A

The shower curtain in the reading room before...

It looks okay, but with a few borders and better lettering it just pops!

Word Wall before I made the letters bigger

The door before it changed as well

I did the Math Treasures bulletin board all on my own, but it is crooked and turned out a lot better after my wonderful Mom helped me :)

Hey Everybody! Sorry that I haven't blogged in a long while; I've been so focused on my room, and then making mistakes with it, that I haven't had time to blog. Luckily, my Mom came to Utah and saved me from having to work alone-she was such a great helper, with the bulletin boards, the cutting, pasting, and thumb tacking. Also, dear Jenepher came to help and really made the reading reef library room pop with some cool fish cutouts we put up and green streamers as seaweed. I am so indebted to these wonderful women and I really do appreciate all those who support me and want me to succeed. Thank you Ashley Chamberlin for giving me great ideas with the reading room and making it look like underwater. Also, the one bulletin board I didn't change was "Sailing Towards Knowledge" (my theme for the 2011-2012 year) and it was because I had Ashley.

What I have learned from having to literally tear almost everything down and start again is that I need to get help with setting up a classroom. Yes, I have the ideas, but I just need to be a little smarter about making sure letters are big enough, there are attractive borders and colors, and that I don't waste money.

Even though I have to work harder to make anything turn out really well, I know that this lesson in making mistakes and trying again instead of giving up is so valuable. When I have my students and they make mistakes and feel that they have to work harder than all the other students in the class, I can relate to them. Sure, I feel the two other interns at my school are more prepared, more creative, and yes, their rooms were perfect right at the beginning, but I have worked so hard, and making my room better helped me appreciate my mom and the work I put in so much more. Lessons can be learned always-especially through challenges.

Next post: what the room looks like now!

1 comment:

  1. I don't know how to feel about my picture being right under the title, "Plan A Not so Great"..... But your classroom is looking fantastic!