I have a bit of a unique classroom – it is half of what used to be one HUGE room. A few years before me, teacher situations changed. They took the music room, cut it in half and made separate band and choir rooms. So, to get to my choir room, you actually have to walk through the band room – it’s a little different but it works! Also, when I took these pictures we were prepping for a concert, so I had risers out in my room. Typically I have chairs set out in rows. But here is my classroom!
I love my back wall! My mother-in-law let me borrow her Cricut a few summers ago. I cut out a ton of music notes. Several of them didn’t survive the first year, but the ones that are still up have been on the wall for about 2 years now – not bad! I also love my Boomwhacker storage (velcro on the wall, small strip of velcro on each boomwhacker – works great).
Here is the front of my classroom. This is where I spend quite a bit of time (the piano, the Smart Board, etc.) You can also see our tubanos which we just got this year through a big Donor’s Choose project! I leave the left side of my board dedicated to keeping track of our 5 Minute Challenge Scores (read more about that here!) On the left side of my white board is my dynamics display. These are great to have front and center in the room to help forgetful students. Purchase them from my Teachers Pay Teacher’s Store HERE!
Up next is one of my students’ favorite parts of my room – Dave, the minion! I drew the minion and colored him in by hand (much cheaper than a big print). This is another Pinterest find!
This isn’t the prettiest part of my room – but it is definitely practical. Here is the obligatory folder rack. I get so much space and function out of this beast! Choir folders, microphones for jazz choir (keeps them organized and protected), and my elementary folders. Each class has a color folder (K=Red, 1st=Orange, etc.). Each student has a folder with a number. When my students need to get their folder they go to their slot number and find their color folder. So each slot will have 5-6 different colored folders in it. It let’s them find their folders quickly without taking up a ton of space!
This is my “stuff” wall. We have all our ballots from contests throughout the year, pictures from our events, our calendar, and our classroom rules. You can purchase my classroom rules from my Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE!
I can’t remember where I came up with this next idea – maybe it’s my idea originally – who knows! On the back of my door I keep all of these little signs to tell my students what they need to bring when the come in to the classroom. I put the signs I need on the opposite side of the door, they take a look and grab what they need for class without me having to say a word. Works like a charm! I now just use a whiteboard and write what the students need to grab when they come in the room!
Only a few stops left! This is my word wall and solfege display. Sorry for the glare in the pictures! Purchase my solfege display from my Teachers Pay Teachers store here!
Our last stop is on our way out the door. I have the students line up at this door before they leave. If they’ve had a good day – their behavior was “Grand” and they get to move up in the staff. Read more on my Grand Behavior system on my other blog post by click HERE!
That’s it folks! Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope you enjoyed!