Thursday, February 18, 2016

UPDATE! Test Lab for New and Innovative School Furniture...What's Behind the Door?

As some of you may know from one of my previous posts, I was picked at the beginning of the year to receive new and innovative school furniture for my classroom from School Outfitters.  (Such an amazing opportunity!)  I am truly grateful and appreciative to be one of the lucky teachers in my building to experience this wonderful opportunity....and I have been getting anxious to see what my classroom will look like in the end.  If you are unfamiliar with what I am talking about, head over to my original post and read about this awesome opportunity that I have been a part of.


This past Friday was considered a Wavier Day at my school, which means students had the day off and teachers had professional development meetings all day long.  I was told last Wednesday that School Outfitters would be coming into my room on Friday to replace some of my old furniture with the new furniture.  Super exciting!  Unfortunately, I was unable to be present in my classroom during this transformation but that actually made things even more exciting!  It truly felt like Christmas when I walked into my room last Friday afternoon.

The Friday meetings for the Wavier Day felt like F.O.R.E.V.E.R long.  I was so anxious...excited....nervous....ecstatic... (I could go on and on) to see my classroom and to get everything in its right place.  I was excited for the new furniture and all the awesome possibilities that came with it, but overwhelmed at the fact that I now had to put my classroom back together.  I had to unpack all the items that I packed up the day before and be ready to teach for Monday morning.  Needless to say, I spent Saturday and Sunday working in my room (luckily I have a little seven year old that loves to help me in my classroom).

After moving the new furniture around several times, I finally settled on a set up.  I am still waiting on a few things items to arrive.  The company is designing a new teacher desk.  So for now, I have a table.  A few shelves still need to be replaced, my teacher storage area will have new shelves, and I am working out the kinks of the new lockers.  My wobble chairs and rockers will arrive soon as well.

BEFORE:  Library area
AFTER:  Library area with some new shelves and soft seating
BEFORE:  My teacher storage area
AFTER:  Storage area turned into my students' mailboxes and lockers
BEFORE:  Student coat room
AFTER:  Student coat room turned into teacher storage area
BEFORE:  Rectangle desks, large laptop cart, large teacher desk, old book shelves, mismatched chairs
AFTER:  Trapezoid desks, smaller teacher desk, smaller laptop cart, new bookshelves, soft seating
And one of my favorite items.....
How cool is this kidney-shape reading table with a whiteboard top?  This table is soooo much smaller than my old kidney shaped table.  I used to have to lay across the table to just read one-on-one with a student.  This one is more it's a whiteboard!  This will be perfect for my Words Their Way lessons!

Let me know what you think of all my new additions!  I will keep you informed and up-to-date with what happens next!