I have made the best decision of my teaching career! I went from teaching 8th grade science to teaching 6th-8th grade STEM. I love it! First of all, it's not a tested subject. Second, my students are excited about the program so they are fully engaged in our projects. The year is off to a great start!
The room I moved into wasn't "move in ready" so there was a lot of work involved to get this DREAM JOB ready for the new school year. I had to take apart furniture, throw away tons of stuff, sweep up a lot of saw dust, and paint the walls...then...I could decorate.
Teachers love decorating! And...with this new room...I got an office. So, there were two rooms to decorate! The pictures shown above is what the rooms looked like before the Pinterest magic took over. The pictures below show what my classroom looks like now. I love it!
I decided to use tables this year. I've recently traded out the chairs for stools. No more leaning back! I am in love with my table signs. I purchased the purple buckets at The Dollar Tree. I filled the bottom of each bucket with sand to add weight and stability. I have placed purple, turquoise, and navy confetti strips in the buckets. Students actually leave them alone! I use the turquoise trays to hold scissors, glue sticks, and markers. Those were less than a $1.00 at Walmart. I added a pop of color by attaching colored painters tape to my white drawers.
This room was a lot of work but I absolutely love how it turned out! I think students really feel welcomed and comfortable in this space. It makes me happy...even on a Monday morning!