In the last couple days of craziness before the students arrived, I added a couple little things to the library (my classroom). The biggest project involved my desk. It needed a major face lift. The teacher before me had it painted with red and white strips like "the cat's" hat. It was cute BUT the white strips were starting to look dirty. We won't even mention the clips on the drawers. Did I remember to take a picture? Nope. Besides, I'm going to have to add a few more coats. Anyone painted anything red lately? You will understand my pain. Just trust me, put enough paint on an old teacher desk and it will look better. (It might be holding it together! It's probably the same desk my grandmother used when she taught at my school.) See, you got it with out a picture!
On a few of the many blogs I read this summer, fellow teachers had been jazzing up their pocket charts with duct tape. I had a little zebra print that I thought would look cute. Nope, overkill. Then I found a couple rolls of white with black polka dots ribbon at Wal-Mart. Ribbon + hot glue = Library Cuteness! (And to think Mrs. Taylor thought I wasn't paying attention in Algebra. HA.) Thought it turned out near perfect. Now my objects/standards will be displayed with class! It looks great under my read banner.
I posted last week about my new social media bulletin board. Due to the number of requests for the buttons, I put them in my Google drive. If you are interested, click here. (I missed the Monday Made It's so some of you didn't see it.)
I've been adding the last of my crazy projects to the library this summer with new labels for the shelves. I found a double handful of wooden rulers and painted them red. (Don't fret. They were advertisement rulers that I'm sure came from the fair last year. My State Farm agent would have laughed and maybe sent me more.) I added Dewey labels with some cute clip art. I really want my students to read more non-fiction. I'll try it for a while and see if it works. When I am totally happy with them, I'll load the file to TPT. I like to test everything first.
Is my room/library ready for students? Not totally. The new computers are supposed to arrive sometime this week. No problem. It's close. Not that it really matters at this point. My students started back last week. So far they like all the changes.
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