2014 Fall Classroom Pics

It’s a new year, and I love to post pictures of my room because it’s the cleanest it will ever be during the school year. There are several new additions to the room. My back shelf area was looking rather tacky by the end of last year, so I decided to cover the shelving with curtains. I realized after taking measurements that the curtains would be about the same dimensions as a small stage. My Mom helped me with the sewing. The cut off pieces of navy sheets were perfect as valances for my windows. Sheets are great to use for curtains because they already have a fire protection coating. These sheets were much cheaper than fabric from JoAnn’s Fabrics (even with a teacher discount). K-Mart is the only place that I could find flat sheets not bundled with pillowcases and fitted sheets. I had enough left over to cover my textbook¬†shelving, the space under my desk, and my sound system cart. I already had some toy microphones, so I added them in the mic stands (kids love them) and bought a couple of red rugs for the stage floor. I plan to make a puppet area with the remaining sheets, making a curtain up about a yard high from the ground to fit the length of a 10-foot 1″ diameter PVC pipe. It could be held in place by the two bar stools I have in my room, one at the piano and one in the front that I use as my reading chair.

Owls are featured in our school theme this year, and I just love it. There are owls everywhere–in stores, on clothes, and there are plenty of great items in the Teachers Pay Teachers store. Most of my bulletin boards were downloaded from there. On the green felt bulletin board (really two cork strips) I added ¬†clip art owls. I did alter the colors of the owls to match the colors of each grade in the old MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Spotlight On Music textbooks. I found the owl door mat at K-Mart, and the colorful trees were saved for me by our former guidance counselor, Susan. One of her family members I believe worked at a Goody’s store, and they just throw this stuff away. She brought me all kinds of cool cardboard decorations last year!

Last year I got hooked on the iPad app iDoceo to keep seating charts and records of attendance, turns, etc. This year I’ve added PlanBook from Planbook.com, and it is wonderful. It is so much easier than Publisher, which is what I’ve used for the past decade. I’ve been teaching at ND for over 34 years and can VIVIDLY remember having to fill in those lesson plan books. It took forever to write everything by hand!

Here’s looking forward to a great, music-filled school year!

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