Classroom Tour

We’re two weeks into the school year, and I just found out I’m moving out of my classroom. But since I already snapped pics, I wanted to share them with you.

 This is the view when you first walk in. As you can see, this classroom was designed for home economics.

 This is the white board (obviously). I put up butcher paper to cover things I will use later in the class period. I find this helps students focus on the activity at hand.

 This is a close up of the left hand side of the white board. It has my behavior expectations, a place to praise students who are meeting these expectations, and my lesson objectives.

“Bricks” and “mortar” are part of an instructional program for English Language Learners called Constructing Meaning. Basically, bricks are your academic vocabulary words; this bricks bulletin board is similar to a word wall. On the other hand, mortar is the language function (text structure) used to write or talk about your bricks. Mortar makes the bricks stick together — get it?

 Under the bricks board is a table where I keep supplies for the day, including the bell work that students work on the first few minutes of class while I take attendance.

 Here is my desk area. I planned to have students write goals on their handprints to put across the bottom of the bulletin board, but I’ll have to save that idea for another time.

 The desks are in an unusual arrangement to allow mobility around the kitchen. I put down painter’s tape to help students and custodians know where the desks should be. I put my class rules on both freezers since most wall space is covered by cabinets.


And here are a few pictures of the back of the room. We have a great view of the village!

I hope you enjoyed my classroom tour. I plan to make shorter, more frequent posts like this for my readers this year.


Things People Say When You Tell Them You’re Moving to Alaska

If you’re planning a move to Alaska, be prepared — you’re gonna hear this a lot!

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What part?

Pilot Station.

What’s that close to?

St. Mary’s, Marshall, Mountain Village…

And what are those towns close to?

Nothing really. LOL!


I’m young. I’m single. I want to. Why not?


Are you gonna live in an igloo?

Nope, I’ll live in a furnished trailer, leased by the school district. I’ll even have electricity!

Did you know they have six months of darkness and six months of light?

I’ve heard that, although the description is not entirely accurate.

Have you ever been to Alaska?

Heh. Nope!

What do your parents think about this?

They’re used to me living in another state. They’re excited. I think my dad is already planning my retirement!

How did you hear about your new job?

Through Alaska Teacher Placement, an online job board.


Are you gonna become an Eskimo?

Hmmm. I don’t think I’ll be able to change my ethnicity.

It’s so pretty there!

I’ve heard. Can’t wait to see for myself!

You’re crazy!

That’s very possible.

I’m jealous!

Sometimes I’m even jealous of myself!

That’s all I can think of right now. I’m landing in Anchorage in three weeks!