I'm kind of cringing about posting these photos to the internet, honestly. I've long known my classroom needs a bit of work in this department! In addition to my general lack of organization, Christmas break used to be my two weeks of rather intensive work in my classroom - cleaning, rearranging, planning, you name it - all you teachers know how great it is to have time in your classroom with no student or coworker obligations! Well, in the past couple years, my school district has strictly forbidden teachers to enter the buildings over Christmas break. We get strongly-worded emails about how if we attempt to enter a district building over break, we will trip alarms, security will get involved, and we will get fined. All in attempts to save money, of course, which I applaud, but there go the best two weeks of my organizational year (I teach through the summer, so I don't have a typical summer break to do the big classroom overhaul).
So, I took these photos the day we returned from break. My classroom had not quite recovered from the craziness of the last couple days of school. Not to mention a lot of my stuff had fallen from the walls - sticky tack does not like temperature changes at all (building heat is turned off during break and then blasted back on for the first day back).
But, enough with the excuses. On to the mess!
First, a classroom 360 of sorts - doesn't look so bad here...(I believe if you click on the photos you can see them bigger.)
My classroom from the door. I have a huge room, which is awesome. I need a lot of open space to accommodate my students in wheelchairs, as well as students with balance issues and vision impairments. Individual student desks/tables are clustered towards the center of the room to provide movement space on the outside.
Classroom from the back. The two doors at the front lead to the office area and kitchen (both shared with the classroom next door). Front and center is our word wall (most of the words fell off the wall over break). The rectangle tables serve as individual "desks" for my students in wheelchairs.
View from the windows. The round table is a small group work area. It's currently the only one we have; when we have multiple groups/centers going at once we push two of the rectangle wheelchair "desks" together, which is less than ideal. I need to utilize space more effectively (and beg, borrow and steal to get another group table).
Now for the problem areas...
Well. That was scary. I have my work cut out for me! But I think these photos will be good motivators to stick with this whole decluttering project. I'm looking forward to it!
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