Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Music Room Reveal 2016-2017

I'm really excited to finally debut my new classroom to you all! I've linked up with Mrs. King's Music Class to show you my room, as well as take a peak at other teachers' classrooms.

This year, I am in a new district and building. In the past, the music room was outside in a portable due to class sizes. This is the first year it is back in the building - hooray! I'm in a previous first grade classroom and it has a ton of character. I love it! My theme is chalkboard brights to highlight to fun wall colors and real chalkboard in my room. Let's take a tour!

This is the west side of my classroom. The door to the right (not pictured) leads to the gym and 2nd/3rd grade wing. I love these posters. They are colorful and really interesting for students to look and learn. I also have my huge children's literature collection divided by fabric, color and theme (composers, stylistic, movement, etc.). The bottom plastic bins hold games and activities for multiple grade levels. You can also see my filing cabinets with their not-so-awesome paint job. This holds Music K-8, Express, programs, and other curriculum stuff.

Going counterclockwise is my desk. I'd like to say that I can use the closet you see but I can't - it holds the furnace for this part of the building. Still, it provides a place to hang my substitute things. My bulletin board has schedules, pictures and other stuff about me.

Here is my main whiteboard. My standards posters up above, as well as the handsign and voice posters are all from TeachersPayTeachers sellers. Let me know if you'd like more detailed information on them. My boards are divided by magnetic border and regular bulletin border in chalkboard brights from Teacher Created Resources (yay Amazon Prime!). 

In front of the whiteboard are my SitSpots. These are brand new this year! The company came out with music notes in purple, green, blue and red. I chose three of the colors and stuck them down. Love! They work great for student seats, instrument groups and games.

This is where you start seeing the character of this room. You can't see it but there is a door to the left in the middle of the room. This used to be two classrooms and then just one, but they left the door. I curtained the door to create the "instrument corner." My mallets are lined up, misc percussion in the closet and the electric piano in front. The cupboard in the back will hold the drums I will be receiving in a few weeks from a grant. The fan is there because there is no ventilation in my room (only drawback I can find). It keeps air moving while we're moving!

Here's a better view of the door and my curtain. It is really fun - I love it! People were joking during my interview about dealing with the door, but it is such a great piece to separate the instrument corner. I also have the Spotlight on Music curriculum on the bookshelf. We don't use it much but it's nice to have out.

Here is the whiteboard on the other side of the room. It has the concert schedule up on the left side. On the top are alphabet instrument posters. I created the chalkboard solfege handsigns that you see on the right to go with my classroom theme. In the middle are the iPads we received from a grant - can't wait to use more technology in music!

This is the display case outside my room. Every teacher has one and it's a great place to show your personality. I have instruments, music books and Beethoven hanging out right now. I'll change it each quarter to fit what we're talking about in class.

On the big glass outside my room are vinyl words that say "Sing Say Dance Play." I love this motto for my classroom! We do so many fun things and this is such a unique way to reach out to those walking past the classroom. I purchased them as a special request from the Etsy store RhythmicallyYours. She is a fellow music education teacher/TPT seller and has such fun stuff in her store. I just peeled them off, stuck them up and got the wrinkles out with a credit card. I also stuck up some music window clings around them to fill the space.

If you want to see my classroom in action or see things a little more closely, check out this video I took after "Back to School" night. 

Thanks for checking out my room reveal! Be sure to click on the link to Mrs. King's Music Class and see all the other awesome rooms. Have any suggestions or comments for me? Leave them below - I'd love to hear from you or see what's on your walls!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tuneful & Trendy: First Day of School (#1)

Welcome! It's the first official blog post in my series "Tuneful & Trendy!"

Thank you to everyone that viewed and voted for my first day of school outfit. The winner is........
(drumroll please)
WOOHOO! I love this outfit - thank you again for voting!
Remember, these outfits are within the guidelines of my district. 
Please follow the guidelines for your specific district and building.  

So, the point of this blog series is to share with you the who, what, where and why of my outfit choices. Here we go!

Who? Technically I chose the items in this outfit, but you picked it for my "debut." Kudos to you all!

  • chevron tank dress: Curvy Boutique
  • cardigan: Maurices
  • leggings: Torrid
  • shoes: Tieks         

Why? This outfit is great for the first day of school! The chevron is a trendy print, but the toned down neutrals give it a classy look. The pop of pink is fun but not over the top for the first day. I want to make a statement but be in control. The cardigan covers my shoulders (not ok to expose at my school) but also works well for chilly AC mornings. The leggings are functional - I wear them ALL.THE.TIME. It is so difficult to get down with kids or do different dances with a dress. Leggings allow you to be functional with a dress or skirt. Finally, I love my Tieks. I'll be doing a Tuneful & Trendy post about them in the next few weeks but bottom line: they are so comfy! This outfit is put-together but also shows my fun side through the pop of color and print. Plus, it's functional for just about any music activity the first week. These reasons make it a win in my book - bring it on, first day of school!

So, interested in more first day ideas? I've created a linky party with other music teacher bloggers to give you multiple ideas. Click below to link up or check out each teacher's outfit. Feel free to comment with a picture of your first day outfit below to share with others - no blog needed! No matter what you wear, I know you'll rock your first day and beyond!

1.  Grab the picture above and place it in your "First Day of School" blog post linking back to this post.
2.  Blog about your first day of school outfit! You can be as detailed as I was or just say why you chose it - whatever you like.
3.  After you've linked the picture and posted, come back here and join the linky party.
4. Check out everyone else's outfits and get some neat ideas!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuneful & Trendy - Preview

It's almost that time again - back to school! I know some of you have already started, while others don't start until September. After all of the decorations, planning and meetings, a huge question still looms: what will I wear on the first day of school????

The first day of school is a time to shine! It's a chance to show everyone your personality and meet new students, teachers and parents. You want to look your best but also be functional. This is truly the thought process of most teachers when selecting their wardrobe, not only for the first day of school, but for most of the school year. Your grade level and content area greatly affect your wardrobe. If you're a high school science teacher, your outfit will differ greatly from that of a preschool teacher. In the end, teachers want their outfit to be functional for what they are doing that day AND meet the specifications of their, what happened to fashion?

I love clothes! I worked in the mall in college and loved helping people put together outfits. My husband graciously let me have both closets in our bedroom. He's not pleased with my addiction to clothing, but he's learned to accept and appreciate it. Before I left my previous school district this spring, they labeled me as the "fashionista" in the building. This was a great compliment! Not only are the kids complimenting my clothes occasionally, but so are the teachers! Another reason this made me feel good is because I'm a plus-sized woman. It's difficult to find comfortable and cute clothing without paying an arm and a leg for more fabric. 

Anyways, this got me thinking. How can I bring my love of teaching and love of clothing together? Throughout the year, I see Facebook posts and pins from music teachers asking about comfortable shoes, musical costumes, concert attire, etc. This gave me the idea for a new blog series I'll be doing this year: Tuneful & Trendy! - a weekly blog post featuring one of my outfits from the previous teaching week. I'll also be posting where I got the items, why I chose it and it's function in my music classroom. Through the year, I'll also be featuring link-ups with other music education bloggers to share multiple ideas and examples for you.

So, what are some considerations when selecting clothes throughout the week?
  • Stain resistant? (lunch duty gets messy!)
  • Temperature 
  • Coverage (tying shoes all day requires a lot of bending over)
  • Sitting appropriate
  • Time on your feet
  • Special event (concert, observation, trainings)
  • Classroom activities

These are just a small sampling of things to consider when choosing an outfit for school. The most important factor though is the guidelines set out by your district and building. Always follow those first and foremost! The outfit ideas you will see this year from me and other educators fit our district guidelines - yours might differ. That's what's so awesome about clothes, can change them, add accessories, sweaters, etc. to make them your own!

So, the title of this blog post mentions a "preview" and that's where you come in! My first day of school is less than two weeks away and I need your help. The official kickoff of my Tuneful & Trendy series will next week with a linky party from other music bloggers featuring their First Day of School outfit. I'd like you to help me pick my first day outfit by voting below! Voting will close Thursday evening. The winning outfit will be posted and explained this Friday as well as provide you with other outfit ideas in the following weeks. 

Thank you in advance for your help! I hope that I can return the favor this year by providing you with unique, appropriate and fashionable outfit ideas to fit your lifestyle. Vote below!
Vote for Christine's "First Day of School" Outfit!
Trendy Trojan (school colors)
Scarf Stylin'
Chevron Chic
Sage Quotes