1) STOOLS!!!!!! Okay so maybe I am a little too excited about this purchase (shout out to all you awesome parents who purchased their kids artwork from our Young Masters program last year!). My room at my home school is pretty small and once it is filled with 28 kids - some sitting, some standing.... Basically the chairs stick out and we all end up high-stepping over them - or tripping. The stools can be pushed UNDER the tables when kids stand! YAY STOOLS!
2) Go. Be Awesome. Enough said. Okay, I will explain. My awesome friend, Lisa, who I have known since 5th grade (she teaches in North Dakota - middle school - bless her) inspired this little diddy above my door. Years ago we were visiting and she pulled out her laptop to check something and in the corner there was a small label that simply said "live with purpose". I can't remember if I asked her about it or not - but it stuck with me. A small little reminder in a location you always pass - a reminder to live with purpose. I decided to transfer this to my classroom with a little more pizazz and a little less philosophy. Go. Be awesome.
3) A new layout. I had never thought about putting my tables like this, but when the custodians put back my room after the most amazing wax job, they put it back like this. I love how much extra room there is to move around - more room at the sinks, more floor working space. The cons if this arrangement might be that kids are too close and end up in each others space or are too close to their goofy friends. I am going to test it out and see where it goes.
4) (there is no picture for this). Today at our District wide kick off assembly our superintendent was recapping positive things from last year..... improved test scores by so much percent, awards to awesome teachers and staff, number one art Ed blog..... Wait.... What? Yup! My blog ended up on the highlights roll from last year. I was surprised. It was pretty awesome.