Friday, June 1, 2012

Commitment Issues

Last night was our big spring open house {pictures coming soon}.  The room was all decked out with camping themed projects that were completed as part of "math camp" (my tricky way to practice for the state test while the kids thought we were simply having fun), animal research projects, the start of out end of year memory books, American Revolution portfolios, magnet and electricity portfolios and a whole bunch of other cool stuff that showcased just how very busy we have been.

And by 8:45 this morning you would never have known it even happened.

I immediately called my worker bees into action as they entered the classroom.

Staples were yanked from boards. Projects were dispersed to their owners. 

Tables were relocated to their proper coordinates within the classroom.

Hot glue guns, rolls of tape, and other tools for hanging an abundance of creativeness were returned to the classrooms I borrowed them from.

And within 15 minutes of the day starting we were knee deep learning about our town's history.

Because we have only 14 days left and I have so much more I want them to know before I pass them on to 4th grade next year.

Speaking of next year...

Now that open house is behind me and 2012-2013 are finalized {same grade / same classroom...insert happy dance}, my mind is going 80 mph with plans for my space.

I totally heart my current room with it's aqua, lime and black color scheme and swore to myself I wouldn't create extra work by changing things up, but that's how I roll.  

Setting up the classroom is by far one of my greatest joys in life.  I actually have plans to work with some local teachers this year to get their rooms set up and you would think I had won the lottery when each asked. 

So needless to say, I am in the mood to mix it up.

My initial focus was on using a grey and yellow (with black and white accents) color scheme. I love the calming effect and like that seasonal things will match and student work will pop with that as a background. I even went out and gathered borders and stuff and designed my Clouds and Sun Packet to use with it.

But, I'm having commitment issues and am now leaning towards bright colors.  That will allow me to leave a fair amount of the aqua and lime that I currently have and stick with my black borders which I love.  

Eenie Meenie Miny Moe!

What colors do you have in your classroom?  

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  1. I'm actually planning a gray and yellow color scheme for our master bedroom and one of the pins I have collected has touches of aqua and I love it! I think if you kept some of your aqua touches, it would be perfect!
    Stories From Second

  2. Right now I have different shades of blue...I think I want more of an ocean theme next year!

    Your clouds and sun pack looks really pretty...I can't wait to see pictures next year! :)

    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. I am doing a grey/black/green/blue scheme kind of like your room next year. It is something new for me (normally I am allll over the place :) )

    Every New Beginning

  4. I have b/w theme with hot pink and lime...a little turq. thrown in there too and then adding the gray this year because there is so much with the gray/b/w in it....already ordered and received it:)) I would go with what will work best for you and what you already have stuff for:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. I've had black backgrounds with bright colored borders the past couple of years, but next year I'm keeping my black background, but going with zebra print and bright green borders and accents.

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

  6. My room is painted a depressing shade of faded (hospital) aqua.
    I use hot pink, turquoise, and purple to liven it up a bit.
    It's still pretty bland, but I'm excited to be able to stay in the same room (so far), and not have to move, so I'm content.

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  7. I have a navy, teal, purple and lime green color combo going- I focus mostly on the navy & teal and out mascot is the dolphin, so it fits together nicely.

    Love the idea of gray and yellow- can't wait to see how it turns out!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

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  9. Comment 1: Glad to be back in Blogland and commenting again. I missed you all so much.
    Comment 2: There's nothing wrong with Lime Green...I may be biased though.
    Comment 3: I felt as though you were personally calling me out with the title of this post. To my shock, you weren't. I guess it's NOT always about me, eh? Either way, I enjoyed reading about your end of year/beginning of year transition.
    Comment 4 (but actually a question): I have to ask you (and the rest of the teacher community) what you use to design your resources? is it simply in Microsoft Office? Pages? or do you have a specialised program? I have some things I am drawing up and I don't seem to get the beautiful finish you are all sharing. Insert pouty face here.


    1. Oh how I've missed you Liam! Hope all is well with you and thanks for the morning laugh. It's 6:42 here and it's one of those days where there is simply not enough coffee in the world to help open my eyes.

      To answer your question, I use both Pages and Keynote (which is also part of iwork and very much like Powerpoint). I design in those two programs and then convert them to a PDF. If you are familiar with keynote or powerpoint give those a try. I think you'll find them easier to work with. :) Jodi

  10. I wish I could just wave a magic wand and have your current classroom color scheme paint itself onto my walls! I have aqua blue and neon green colored chair pockets from Reallygoodstuff so they pretty much the tone for color in my room. I've always tried to figure out (and ultimately never commit to) a "theme" for my classroom. But this year, after being inspired by you and other bloggers, I am focusing more on a color theme than any other kind of theme. I think grey and yellow would look beautiful with some pops of Aqua still mixed in!!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  11. I am planning on doing grey and yellow for my room next year! My husband hates yellow, so I am very limited in using it in our house. I am going to use my change of grades and classrooms as an excuse to change my decorations!!!

    ~Becca @ Fun is Found in Fourth

  12. Ever since I saw your grey/yellow pack when you posted it on TpT I have REALLY wanted to do that for next year, but I haven't actually bought it because I'm having the same commitment issues! :)

    The First Grade Splash

  13. I'm keeping my black and white with brights again because I adore it...and it's kind of unusual for me to keep a color scheme. But I can see your quandary--the yellow and gray is just gorgeous!! I can't wait to see your room no matter which you choose, you do such lovely work in decorating. :)


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