Sunday, September 17, 2017

Classroom Reveal

It's that time again!  I am finally finished with my new classroom. I am changing grade levels this year. I will be trading in Firsties for Fouthies! I'm pretty excited. I will be apart of a three-way blocking team. I am the ELA teacher. Later I will post about planning, organizing, and managing three classes. This post will only show before and after pictures of my new classroom.

My classroom has about 1/3 of the floor tile and the rest carpeted. I also have a bathroom in my classroom. I believe this was once a kindergarten.

There was so much furniture in this room when I walked into it. It also had many years, grade levels, and content areas that had let its residue behind. I spent about a week prior to the first required work day cleaning and organizing. Once I got it cleaned, I had much of the furniture taken away. I added a few small pieces of furniture. I purchased a ten dollar white end table for my library area, a $28 cube shelf, and $15 regular black shelf all from Walmart. The end table and cubic shelf are pictured below. The book display and tool board were already apart of my classroom, so I decided to make this area into the library/listening center. I made the crate seats. I had the crates already. The material came from Walmart and the wood came from Lowe's.

It was so hard to make a layout that I thought would be functional for what I have in mind for the whole group and small group instruction. I finally decided on the tile area being for quiet activities. The carpet area is for instruction and conversations. I placed my desk as far back in the room as possible. Last year I got rid of my desk altogether but never had a place to store personal items. Basically, I have a desk to hold my purse and phone.

I placed a table in front of the counter for my writing center. To the left of the table, on the back wall, are the computers. I have stools and stability ball for seating.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Opening Letter


I am Keyta Skelton. I have taught first grade for four and half years. Now, I am transitioning into fourth grade. In addition to taking on a new grade level I am also starting new journey in educational blogging. I have been fortunate enough to work with many amazing educators and in different schools over the course my career. One thing that I have come to learn is that we teachers need each other. I wouldn't be the teacher I am without the encouragement and inspiration of other teachers and teacher assistants that mentored me along the way! It is my hope that this blog will inspire and encourage other teacher; especially new and beginning teachers.

Please, like, share, and subscribe if any of my post are helpful to you. Please, comment your thoughts and opinions. Let me know what trends you'd like me to try and report on. Let me know what issue you'd like me to address.

Have a great school year!