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Sunday, April 22, 2012

And we're...MOVIN ON!

 Next Year!

Well it finally happened, I always knew it was going to happen because it was too good to be true!  I have been relocated out of my HUGE wonderful classroom.  The first day I was hired my principal showed me my classroom and I couldn't believe it, I had the best room in the school.  It has it's own bathroom since it used to be a kindergarten room.  Lot's of sunshine and did I mention HUGE. It's also in the perfect location, far from the office, close to the teacher's room (bathroom!)and right down the hall from the copy machine.  Oh, yeah and down the hall from my reading buddies!

  So now I am being relocated to the other side of the building which no one wants to be on and I got kicked out of first grade.  I said kicked out of first grade because I am not ready to move on and I didn't have a choice.  We do not have any seniority in what grade we want to teach. We are all hired by the board of ed and can be moved at anytime according to the principal.  Well, I kind of kicked myself out of my room because I was told I was going to teach 3rd grade next year and I wouldn't have to move my room.  I really didn't want to teach 3rd so I thought fast and suggested I would be great in 2nd.  My principal actually said OK but then I would have to move my room and she knows how I feel about my room.  So I will be packing up and throwing out lots of stuff because it won't fit in the tiny room I am moving in to. 

Good news is that I have a smart board in my new room and I got to teach the grade I want.  So I have been stalking second grade blogs now.  I also am going to keep my same theme of the ocean and I will share my class pictures.

Just found this great website  you must go on her classrooms are amazing and so are her decorating tips.

Assertive discipline chart starts with a warning from the dolphin and you work your way to the shark!

Under the sea job helpers.  I made fish bowl and covered with blue cellophane.

Kids work from September covers the back walls.  I take their work down at the end of the year and place in their scrapbooks.

Word wall and number line.

Starfish of the week brings in four pictures and places on fish.  Next they answer questions on starfish paper and place on bowls with the questions.

Treat chart which is my long range positive discipline program, works like a charm.  School of fish move up to net to earn a letter.  Each letter gets class extra recess and the whole word gets you a party!  Working on our 2nd party.

Windows are covered with blue cellophane and fish from party store.  Kids fish and hermit crabs stay up all year.  I only decorate the hall for all other holiday crafts.  Sometimes I will hang crafts from bottom of blinds.

I just found this great site to help me decorate for next year. It is  she is fabulous she has the best decorating and organizational tips ever!!!  Everyone can learn a thing or two from this site. 
Anyone else out there changing rooms or grade levels?  
I would love to hear someone elses story.



  1. Thanks for the site! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

  2. I debated doing an ocean theme as well, there are so many cute things. Much of my inspiration came from School Girl Style too! I chose a color scheme and I am sticking with it!! Thank you for linking up, I am now following:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  3. Love your ocean theme. Super cute.

  4. I'm visiting through the linky party. Your theme is cute! I did an ocean theme a few years ago, and it was such fun. I'm excited to share my classroom theme too. Come by when you get a chance.
    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  5. So sad about your room. Getting stuck in a tiny room is one of the things I dread the most. I mean seriously the amount of space given to 30ish people is ridiculous!


    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  6. I am also changing rooms and grades next year, though completely by choice. My room will be slightly smaller. I'm also doing an ocean theme. My new blog is in the works, but you can visit my old one here:

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments and support. I am working on creating my ocean themes products on tpt. I will also let you know how I squeeze 4 adults and 23 students into my tiny room!