Friday, January 27, 2012

Teacher Desk, Writers Workshop, and Sunflowers Oh My!

Thanks for all the sweet messages about me feeling better well.....I do! Finally! I did not feel good until yesterday, but thank goodness! I could't take it another day. Well I finally remembered to put my camera back in my purse so I could take some pictures of what we have been doing!

First of all last week I got rid of my teacher desk and I promised some follow-up pictures:



Ok, ok, I know some people are probably thinking that is still a desk, but trust me it isn't for me. This is a baby step and I definitely have soo much room, which is all that matters! I have been using the blue storage bins for all my "junk." I also keep all my papers for the week in a colored organizer. It has enough drawers to store papers for actually two weeks!

I have started the Lucy Calkin's writers workshop program. I was not happy with our current writing program that goes along with our reading series. I love Calkin's units and so do my kids. I just gotten started with them so we are almost ready for our author's celebration. Here are a couple of things I have found useful for writers workshop!

I love this moveable whiteboard that my instructional coach let me borrow! I have more than enough room for it now that I got rid of my desk. We also do our mini-lessons sitting together in front of it. Second is something that my super wonderful instructional coach made me:

This helps the kids remember what they can do during writers workshop time and it is totally cute!

Last but not least tomorrow is Kansas Day and of course we celebrated. We made sunflower magnets. They turned out really cute!

I hope everyone has a GREAT Friday and weekend! It is my hubbies birthday so dinner and movies tonight and then tomorrow dinner with the fam.! Should be lots of fun!


Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

Have fun this weekend!

I love the sign with the reminders for the kiddos. Cute :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Cupcake said...

You're brave to get rid of your desk.. I just don't think I could do it!! Enjoy your hubby's bday!

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Ms. Chrissy B said...

I never heard of Kansas day! Probably because I'm a Texas. Very cute sunflowers and Happy Kansas Day!

Buzzing with Ms. B

Holly said...

I haven't been "blogging" much...{gasp}...sorry you weren't feeling well. I'm getting those books in the mail least that's the plan!!!!

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

Kelley Cirrito said...

Thanks so much Holly!!!!

Unknown said...

It looks great...and I love the magnets! =)
First Grade Blue SKies

Jen R said...

I am so jealous of all of you that get to get rid of your desks..they won't let me bc there's no where to store it - and it's a hunka-desk!! MONGO!!! I'll have to show y'all when I go back..
♥ Jen
The Teachers' Cauldron

Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright said...

WOW!!! It looks great :) I have a couple sets of those colored drawers and I love them! Have a great night :)

Lisa :)
Made In The Shade In Second Grade

Lisa at Fourth and Ten said...

A couple things:
1. Loving your room, so cute!
2. So glad you're feeling better!
3. Enjoy your husband's birthday weekend!
Stories From Second

Unknown said...

WOW! Its amazing how much space a desk can take up! I dont even think about it!

Kristen said...

Hey Kelley, I am WAY behind in reading my favorite blogs. I'm sorry to hear you weren't feeling well!

WOW!! The After pictures look incredible! What a difference! You must be so proud. Congrats, girl!
Kristen :)

Jessica said...

I love your after pictures! I know it was hard congrats. You have so much room now. I have the same tall colorful cabinets and like how you are using them. I can't get rid of my desk this year but how to have something similar to your area soon. Glad you are better! Hope you had a great time celebrating!


Apples and Papers

Kristin said...

Kansas Day? Interesting . . . :)
Your room looks GREAT!!!!!! Love it.
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Holly said...

Tag - you're it - come see what I mean!

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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JohnA swingle said...

I am in favor of these workshops that must be attend for experiences. You learn so many things during this session so i really hope that writer's workshop will be introduces at high level. is all about wriitng.

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