For the third year in a row, I have had the HUGE blessing to not move rooms… so much of what I have is the same as last year because it worked so well. I started the year off with one philosophy… SIMPLIFY. I went with the desire to make my life simpler in every way. So everything that I touched in my classroom, I asked myself this one question: “Will keeping this in my classroom make my life simpler?” If the answer was no, then I asked myself if there was something that I could do with it to change it and was that worth it. If the answer was still no, then I got rid of it.
So without further ado… Welcome to 7th Grade English in room 303 at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. Come on in y’all….
This is the view from the door when you walk in. I think the most common questions that I get asked by parents is “Is this REALLY your room??” Yes. This is really your child’s English classroom. Followed by: “Wow! You have a couch in your room!” Yes. I have a couch. Yes, I have lots of comfy chairs. Yes, your child might sit on the couch. Yes, learning really does happen here. It may look different, but I promise it’s happening! Let me break it down.
First, let’s talk about the couch.
My students love this couch, but I do have some major rules about it.
1. Only 2 students are allowed to sit on the couch at any given time. No exceptions.
2. No eating on the couch (which really prevents food wrappers and crumbs under the cushions… and sometimes prevents students from wanting to sit there, because I do allow students to have small mess free snacks).
3. If you cannot work well on the couch, I will move you.
Behind the couch are my turn-in baskets. Top row is for ungraded assignments. After I collect them from the baskets and grade them, they go in the bottom “out” basket. The green, pink, and blue buckets hold supplies like notecards and other things. I’ve used the “in” and “out” system for years and have found that it is the most efficient way to grade papers and keep track of papers with no names because at least they are separated by period!
Behind the cubbies and on the far wall, you’ll find my three week calendar, my learning targets, keep the quote, and my new be the change bulletin board!
I got the “Keep the Quote” idea from Brittney Briggs (@Miss5th) on her Instagram here:
Really wondering if Target is going to bring back the paper roll holders this year! Just in case you're interested, I found a similar dispenser on Amazon. Go to my story and swipe up! #KeepTheQuote For those of you wondering, this is a weekly activity in my classroom. Every Monday students bring in a quote (totally optional) for their classmates. We pick our favorite quote and that basically becomes our motto for that week. At the end of the week, the student whose quote was chosen gets to give the quote to one student who really tried to live up to it. That student gets to #keepthequote and the process starts over again on Monday! My kiddos LOVE it!
But I took the idea and simplified it by taking my inspirational quotes, putting them in page protectors and putting them up with magnets! If you want to grab the set of quotes, you can find them here:
I keep my learning targets in page protectors, also stuck up with magnets. Those came from this TPT’er:
My new addition this year is the “Be the change” bulletin board. That came from Texas Lonestar Teacher on TPT:
In the back of my room, you will find what looks like just a bunch of colored squares on the wall….
I blog with my students. We will start about mid-September. This wall will house all 100+ QR codes , names, period, and shortened url address that will take visitors to the blog written by that particular student. My goal is to get students reading each other’s writing more. If you want to learn more about how I blog with my students, please go to my classroom blog here: http://edublogs.eanesisd.net/jbuttler/
Just a few more shots around the room…
These are in my TPT store… for free! Go grab them here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Commonly-Used-Words-Synonyms-Posters-2063704
I’m totally in love with my bathroom and hall passes this year!! They’re tiny books!!! #seewhatididthere #causeiteachEnglish LOVE!!!
The shelf that sits by my entry…
This is where I keep all of my extra copies for absent students, and a few supplies. I post reminders on the chalk-board. In the clear buckets that are attached to the wall: On the left, I store important papers – like our syllabus and our Artic that have reminders for usernames and passwords for a variety of programs we use (Google Classroom, eduBlogs, membean, etc.) so that if I get a new student, that I don’t have to track down a bajillion codes for that student to join everything.
On the right, is solely for our Article of the Week. You can find copies of what we have used for AOW in the past here.
I’d love to see your room and hear how your year is going so far!!!!