Classroom Tour & My Tour of the Creative Teaching Press Factory and Headquarters!

Oh my goodness friends! I am so excited. I made a video of my room and toured you through it before I put up any student work. I wanted you to be able see how you might use the space if this room was yours and then see what I did with the space!
Teacher to the Cores chevron classroom
I am very committed to Collaborative Learning this year and try really hard to plan lessons where the kids work together in groups of 4 as much as possible.  The result has been deeper friendships, deeper understanding, and of course more fun.
layer your border to create impact
Many assignments have 4 names on the top since it was completed collaboratively. This is how I display their amazing work.
 great way to display assignments completed in groups
Sentence frames like “I ______ dot it because ___________.” help kids to participate meaningfully in their groups. These are especially helpful for English Language Learners who are still developing their feel for and/or confidence in our language.
Another focus this year is Thinking Maps. But you know Thinking Maps are not always pretty. Below is the world's ugliest Double Bubble map.   cute bulletin board idea- wrapping paper circles
I store my centers in these little lime green trash bins from the Dollar Tree.
The darling “froggies” are from Creative Teaching Press. I love them!Slide5
These are my centers, for the first week of September.
 dollar store trash cans and Creative Teaching Press frongs make these centers tubs so cute

I love Creative Teaching Press’ Chevron Series! I used the desk name cards for my “Fun with Names” center.

a names center is so fun for kids to practice capitalizing and learning the names of the kids in class
I cut up some of my extra desk name tags to make flash cards!
I had a whole bunch of fun with borders and wrapping paper this year!classsroom tour- love all the chevron and clever ideas
Below is the world’s easiest bulletin board. I just blogged on how to make it last week.
Classroom reveal1 
These are my student boxes. I don’t like desk names tags, so this is what I did. I wrote the kids names on chevron adhesive labels. Then, I stuck them onto lamination sheets, ran them through the laminator, and after I cut them out I stuck them on each box with Gorilla tape. make name tags last all year
Now this is one of my all time favorite tips! I made my phonics wall interactive this year. Phonics wall fun! Pink chevron Circles are a freebie on this blog post!
The cards are easy up and easy down because I put them up with push pins.  The hole had to be enlarged, but now they are up and down a million times a day. The kids love to do making words with the big cards! The little circles help me get the cards up really fast with out having to sing the ABC song to get the cards in the right spot.Get your students having thoughtful conversation quickly with this freebie from hello literacy
 Jen Jones is a genius and these discussion cards are the best thing ever. They are free in her TpT store! If you have read Jen’s blog or been teaching more than a minute you know the power in making connections when reading.I am encouraging connections this fall with a connections chain. When connections are made we add a link! I used leftover border and pink construction a paper to make this. Slide13
We all have that corner where all of our stuff ends up. This is mine.Slide14
I have written about “Shout Outs!” here… I love them. This is how I store them. LOVE LOVE LOVEShout out great behavior and watch it multiply
New this year, is Fall Fluency. The kids are really taking off as readers!First Grade Fluency
If you noticed I am a Chevron fanatic.  I met Heather of Creative Teaching Press in Vegas and fell in love with her and Creative Teaching Press.  Heather invited me to visit headquarters and I had the time of my life! Here are a few pictures from my afternoon there!Slide17This company truly has heart! Even the lobby is gorgeous! Every person was warm, friendly, and had decorated their desk area with amazing Creative Teaching Press materials !!!
Of course I could not take everyone’s picture. Lots of people were thrilled to meet me, but were feverishly covering up top secret designs on their desks! If they were stashing stuff, I tried to keep my camera down. This is the amazing customer service team. These are the beautiful ladies you are talking to when you call Creative Teaching Press.
I have to tell you, I was so impressed with the Creative Teaching Press factory. The staff was amazing and I was thrilled to hear that they use local printers! Everyone was working feverishly, but joyfully packaging materials.  No heavy machinery here. Your borders and bulletin board sets are counted and slid into plastic sleeves by loving Creative Teaching Press hands. Creative Teaching Press is by far one of the best companies ever.
I want to say thank you to Creative Teaching Press for opening their doors to me.  I also want to thank them for not only making our teacher lives easier but also more beautiful!
These are the amazing products from Creative Teaching Press that I used to create my Chevron Classroom:

Teacher to the Core Pink Chevron ABC Circles
Freebie Circle Letters for an interactive phonics wall
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Vowel Pennant post and freebie
Making your own pocket charts is easy using these tips. This blog has uber fun freebies including this vowel pennant!
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Grading work Post and Freebie from Learning in Wonderland

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