And just like that, the first two days of school are officially over. And I survived! So far things are going pretty great. So great in fact that I’m little worried that it’s all too good to be true. But I’m gonna hold on to these first two days for as long as I can, because I know it’s just a matter of time before a few of these precious 8th graders of mine show me their true colors. I’ll be ready for them when they do! 🙂
Ok so I’ve spent the last week and most of my bank account getting my classroom ready for that oh so exciting first day of school. And 5 paper cuts, 2 trips to Hobby Lobby, 3 trips to Target, 4 boxes of supplies and materials, and 2 Saturday mornings later, it looks pretty dang good if you ask me! And I am so excited to share it with you!
I went with the same theme as last year, because I still loved it. Turquoise, black, gold, and leopard were my main colors/patterns. I did add ones extra pattern this year and that was chevron and I’m obsessed. I could spend hours in this room and be completely ok with it.
Here it is!
I have a Smart Board!! These babies are the bomb dot com! I’m obsessed with it and cannot wait to find out all the things it can do. #technologynerd
One of my goals this year is to have my class run like a well oiled machine. To accomplish this I’ve set my classes up with very specific procedures I want them to follow throughout the time they are in my class. I did not do this last year and I think that if I did I wouldn’t have had as many issues as I did. I’ve found that structure is the key to good classroom management. The more structured you class is they less time students have to misbehave.
The desks are all labeled with numbers and either an A or B, on red, white, and blue stars (because ‘MERICA) to make it easier when I need the kids to work in groups or in pairs. That way I don’t have to worry about assigning numbers and there being lots of confusion. So far it’s worked great!
My desk area isn’t 100% complete yet. I printed out a ton of Instagram pictures last weekend and intend to showcase them somewhere in this area. But I’ve literally had zero time to think about that because I’ve had about 5,000 other things to do in the last two days.
Well there ya have it! Ms. Norris’ 8th Grade Us History classroom. What do ya think? Would you wanna be in my class?! Fingers crossed you would! 🙂