The Before Classroom Tour

Like most teachers, I love looking in other classrooms.
Well, since I plan to do a minor overhaul to mine this summer,
I thought I'd take you on a tour of it-mess and all! 
Here it is, in all its glory!

Actually, the floors have just been finished! Look at them shine.
 I did not do them. Our custodians did. They did a really nice job!

Do y'all have to move every single thing out
 into the hall before school is out for summer? It's loads of fun!

Front Wall (Hall)

I'm going to start this tour to the right of my hall door (that dark spot, the lights were off in the hall.) We'll go clockwise.

This is the wall that backs up to the hall. You see a little wall space and my Smartboard. My Smartboard was put over one of my markerboards. I know...

  You also see a lot of electronic stuff covered up for the summer. Dust, you know.

That's a television hanging from the top of the wall. Do y'all have those?? I don't care for it at all, and we really don't use it now that we have a Smartboard. Let's just hope it's secure.

Right Side Wall

Another shot of the hanging television. We're turning the corner here.  The blue wall. I would love to paint this wall, but it's cinderblock. Has anyone ever painted on cinderblock?? Is it worth it??

Thank goodness for another markerboard, and there's my one built-in bulletin board. I'm going to change the paper so I've taken down the border for now. 

Right Side Wall #2
Here we are-the end of the blue wall. Same built-in bulletin board and the beginning of the window on the outside wall. My plan is to get rid of that filing cabinet eventually! I don't have a desk, though, so it's pretty full.

Back Wall (Outside)
This is the outside wall. I love the large windows.  I just wish they opened... We have major fluorescent lighting. Do y'all?? I'll try not to get so much of it in the shot next time. The short brown door in the right corner is the cooling/heating unit with the vent underneath.  I try to keep kiddos away from that. 

Left Side Wall #1
Coming around the corner, you see our precious Teaching Assistant's desk and the sink and cabinet area next to the air/heat. Then you see the restroom door. This restroom is for adults. No explanation needed. After the RR, you see the beginning of my homemade bulletin board. 

Left Side Hall #2
Continuing down the homemade bulletin board wall, you see the closet door (opened by the bb) and the hall door on the side wall. I should have turned some lights on in the closet and the hall. 

Well, that's it. 
                            Lots of fluorescent lighting, a shiny waxed floor, 
and a bunch of other stuff that needs to be put in place. 
But that's what summer is for, right??

I want this place to be a cool colors paradise!
Seriously, I really want to scale down the rainbow of colors in my room.
Yes, they are beautiful, but also very stimulating.
I want peaceful, calm, serene.
You know, peace and love and all that.

I'll keep you updated!


  1. I love the pics - it's fun to see others' rooms. Your classroom looks so bright - I love the windows, too! I once painted cinder block using "basement-waterproofing paint" (it's really heavy & thick - lots of arm muscle). It turned out well!

  2. I love pictures too!!

    And girl, you are SO SO SO lucky to have a room this size- with a sink, a closet and a bathroom! I used to have all that too..

    Then I changed schools and I have the smallest little bitty classroom EVER! But, my class size went from 25-30 kids to 12-15 kids. But, seriously.. I am so packed into my room!!!!

    I haven't done a thing to my room. They move everything out into the hall for us so I am just waiting until my floors are finished.

    I think I have asked before- but where in MS do you teach?

  3. Thanks for sharing your classroom. I love looking at others rooms.


  4. I LOVE being able to see other's classrooms! Thanks for sharing and linking up! I'll be looking forward to seeing your updates! :-)

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  5. It looks like you have a good sized classroom! Mine is pretty big as well. My room is all waxed and ready for me to start putting things back where they belong, too. I don't even know where to begin. It's a big job & I'm glad I can work on it over the summer.

  6. I love your big windows! Wish I had that:)
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  7. Thanks for sharing your classroom pictures. I plan on putting before and after pictures on my blog also. I love the scrunchy idea. I may use that around my Daily 5 and CAFE boards. I LOVE the pink on black so this week, I went into my classroom with pink paint and painted my bulletin boards. (3 of them) Will I get in trouble???? We shall see. I'm saving on paper right? I may do the scrunching thing with black. I think it will look really sharp. Will share a pic when done.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis