Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Double Duty! Classroom Tour Linky and Liebster Nomination :D

Alrighty friends. . . I have SO MUCH to tell you all! And I apologize in advance for the length of this post!  Let's start with something I am extremely excited about!

I woke up to a blog comment from the lovely Becca over at Kindergarten A to Z letting me know that she had nominated me for a Liebster Award. . . how wonderful is she?!?!!  (Pretty wonderful, in case you were wondering).  Go check out all of her adventures in teaching kinders!  Personally, I think kinders teachers have special superpowers because those little tykes are something else :) 
The second for this post is to showcase my (almost) finished classroom!  Woohoo!  I'm linking up for Teacher Week '13 and today is the day that I show you all around my lovely classroom. . . so lets get started!

For those who don't know, the Liebster Award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers (which is definitely me!). There are some specific things I need to do to accept this award...

1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
2. Nominate 5 - 11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted by my nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about myself
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
6. Contact my nominees to let them know I nominated them

I am nominating
1)Erin @ Adventures in Third Grade
2)Kristen @ For the Love of 4th Grade
3)Rissa @ Keep Calm and Hoot On
4)Mrs. Mariano @That First Grade Blog
5)   @ The Big Apple Teacher
* Go check out all of these wonderful ladies after you are done here!*

Here are the questions Becca asked me!

1. Why did you want to become a teacher?
    I want to change the world!  Does that sound corny?  yeah. . . it does.  But I am serious.  I just wanna   make a difference, all this ambition might as well go to something good right?

2. What story/activity do you love teaching with students, and why?
      I love teaching any topic that I have to do more research on.  I get so excited that I learn right along with  my kiddos

3.  Do you have a theme for your classroom? If so, what is it, and why? If not, why not?
    Being a fresh grad, I didn't have a whole lot of money to spend on decorations for a theme, so I just chose bright colors as my theme!

4. Do you have any pets? What are they?
   I have one kitty. . . and I am coming to terms with being a twenty something cat lady

5. What is one piece of advice you wish you had been given about teaching?
    I suppose I won't be able to answer this one till after my first year :)

6. Why do you blog?
   I blog to share my adventures and meet all of these incredible teacher bloggers!

7. What is your favorite non-education related book?

      I just finished reading The Book Thief and I LOVED it!

8. What do you love to do to unwind and "get away from it all"?
    I love swinging.  Doesn't matter if its on a playground or porch.  I think its just so magical :)

9. What is your least favorite household chore?
    I'm fine with any chore except cleaning the bathroom, gross

10. If you watch TV, what is your favorite TV show? 
    I am hopelessly addicted to New Girl. . . who doesn't love Zoey?!

11. What is your favorite snack food?
  I am a sucker for about any snack/junk food but I am a huge fan of cheeto puffs and oreos!

11 things about me?  Go check out yesterday's post and my 11th fun fact is that I love country music!

These are my questions for the nominees
1) If you could teach any grade, which would it be and why?
2) What's your favorite Starbucks beverage?
3)Did you always want to be a teacher?
4)What's your favorite part about blogging?
5)Got a best friend?  Tell us about them!
6)Favorite subject to teach?
7)What's your favorite time of the school year?
8)Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
9) What is the best vacation you've ever been on?
10)Coke or Pepsi?
11)Favorite Disney movie?

Now for the classroom tour!

This is what you'd see walking into room 207 :D  My word wall is up above  garage doors (which you'll see later) and my library is right in the middle.  I am so excited to have 26 little 3rd graders sittin' in those desks in 13 short days!!!

Here is my little teacher corner complete with my own little closet in the back!  On the garage door next to my desk in my birthday chart.  Each kiddo will have a candle with their name and day of their big day!!

This is the wall with my door.  My writing center is a little pathetic right now, but without access to a laminator I am holding off putting all of my do dads up there for the sun to bake.  The board on the left is command central that will hold out classroom rules, jobs, and the chart to track where the kiddos are throughout the day.  Curious about the NOISE letters?  Come back on Thursday and I'll tell you!

This is the view from the back of my room.  Like my chalkboard?  I am hoping to get whiteboards before school starts, but I'm up for the adventure :) 
See my beautiful wall of windows?!?!  My only plight with them is that it gets awfully hot in the afternoon!  :(

There you have it folks!  A whole lot awesome all packed into one lengthy post. 

 If you feel the need to comment. . . I'd be more than okay with that  :)  Share the love!!


Kelly Anne said...

Yay! I am lovin' those windows. I had some like that last year and just loved not having to turn on the overhead lights. While it definitely gets hot, I feel like it's better than living in a "dungeon" with little light! And congratulations on your Liebster Award!! That's awesome!! :)

XO, Kelly Anne

Rachel said...

Thank you! And you are sooooo right! I never turn my overhead lights on because there is more than enough natural light and my overhead lights look like a pee yellow. . . gross! ;)


Susan said...

I'm loving the windows too! Your room looks great so far!! Congratulations on the award!

Anonymous said...

I had chalkboards last year. There are some pretty awesome chalk markers available to write with if you need to leave something up. Your room is lovely, and I want to know more about the garage doors!

Rachel said...

Thank you! You're so sweet :)

Rachel said...

Really? I will definitely have to look into those chalk markers! And while looking through those pictures I realized I never posted a picture of the doors! My birthday chart is on the bottom of one of the doors. They can be pushed up and hidden completely or pulled down to the floor to hide an entire wall full of shelves. They are fantastic!!!

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