Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Mrs. Lee! Mrs. Lee! Mrs. Lee!"

Welcome to my FIRST GRADE classroom!

These pictures were taken before school started and I have already moved some furniture around - for management sake, but people have been asking about pictures so I thought I would put them up. I was kind of anti-buying decorations because I felt like ones I made would be cuter - so I probably spent a lot more time and energy than most people would/should, but I really think it turned out great...

Jungle animals in the window AND the "Mrs. Lee" name plate :D

The front of the room (I've moved that table because all the stuff on it was too tempting while students were lining up at the door) :)

Their cubbies and school supplies

The back corner (haha! I have no books!). I have already had to move the bookshelf because kids will play with the books while sitting on their cool multi-colored carpet.

The other back corner of the room...

A close-up of my two favorite things I made for the room: the crayons and the monkey!!!

My cool bulletin boards that I don't really know how I'm going to use :)

The front/bare corner of the room

My mom is so great at making things! She made me this wall hanging for my room and it's definitely one of the coolest teacher things I have ever seen! Thank you so much, mom!

Here is my leaving for my big first day!

I have 22 students (10 girls and 12 boys) and most of them are really good. Although it's only been two days, I must go on record as saying that teaching is a LOT harder than I had anticipated or experienced in the past. I wasn't at all nervous on the first day, but the kids are having a hard time adjusting to school - especially because first grade is full of so many, well, firsts (for example, being at school all day, walking in a line down the halls, sitting at their own desk instead of at tables, structure in general, not having a bathroom in their class they could use any time, and just sitting still after a summer break). I've found that my best moments were when I really just enjoyed the kids instead of trying to quiet them down. So hopefully as time goes on and we get into school and into a routine, we'll be able to have more fun and learn instead of walking up and down the halls to practice being quiet! :)


Jason and Lissa said...

I can't believe my sister is a first grade teacher! That is so cool! The wall hanging Mom made is great. Hope you have fun enlightening those little minds. :)

Michele Deceuster said...

your classroom looks so great, i love it! i'm sure you are doing awesome! i can imagine it would be hard for those kids getting used to being at school all day long! i love the monkey you made too- very cute.

Chris and Mary said...

Mrs. Lee has a great ring to it! Good luck with your class and have tons of fun!

Carson said...

It's so fun to see pictures of your room all decorated, since I'd seen the pictures of it when it was empty. You really put a lot of work into it, and it shows.

You'll be a WONDERFUL teacher because you're fun and have lots of enthusiasm! I'm glad you like the wall hanging--thanks for having such a short name.

Carson said...

So, show us some photos of your little Munchkins!!