When I saw that Cara did a little blast from the past post about a former classroom, I knew I had to step back into time as well! Let me give you a little backstory before we get into the pictures.
I graduated from college in 3 1/2 years which landed my graduation in December. After student teaching for an entire year, and being MORE than broke (and married), I was TERRIFIED that I would not be able to find a job midyear. And, I was also terrified to take over a classroom that I hadn’t started the year with. But, the Lord came to my rescue and took care of all of those fears. I actually got to pick between 2 jobs at 2 different schools that were offered to me, which was more than I could have ever hoped for. So, at that time is was between a 1st and 4th grade position. I really wanted to teach 1st grade, BUT I really LOVED the school that had the 4th grade position. So, I started teaching 4th grade in December. Let me tell you… it was a bumpy year, but so worth it. I learned more in that 6 months than I ever did in college. It was an amazing experience, but one that I don’t ever want to go back to, ha! 4th graders scare me, lol!
So, after I got the job I literally had a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon to completely redo the classroom before I started on Monday. The teacher before me was a total nutcase and left the room a complete disaster (hence the reason she was gone mid-year!). Anyways, with little time, little money, NO experience, and a lot of help from family and friends, we got it done in 1 1/2 days!
These pictures aren’t really meant to give you inspiration, but just to show you how I started out. They actually make me cringe a little, but it worked for the short time I was there.
This was my favorite area in the classroom… I loved that big window and all of the storage.
Here’s the front of the room. Pretty stinkin’ bare, but my mom’s BFF made me those ladybugs and lemons, which I still have in my classroom 🙂
I’ve always loved me some DJ Inkers bulletin board sets 🙂
Another HUGE whiteboard that I never knew what to do with. Kinda a waste of space!
That material hanging over the TV cabinet makes me want to shout at myself! We used the TV for school announcements.
This was my back wall/student hooks. I taught social studies, which in Texas means Texas History. I used this wall for vocabulary words.
And, my classroom expectations. Coming in midyear meant that this board was super important.
So, there you have it. That’s where I came from. Looking back makes me realize how much each year shapes you as a teacher. It’s kinda cool to have a job where you can constantly grow, learn new things, and improve upon!
Want to find a little more about me, my teaching style, and how I started blogging? Head on over to Second Grade Sparkle and check it out!