Back to school is just around the corner, and we’ve got some VERY excited new teachers on Instagram sharing #myfirstclassroom pics! It’s a lot of hard work to set up your first official learning space, and a roller coaster of emotions are sure to go along with the process, from elation to obsession to exhaustion! Here are some of our favorite #myfirstclassroom pics. And congratulations to all the new teachers on a job well done getting ready. It’s almost time for the wild ride that is your first school year!
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That moment you’ve been waiting for.
It’s mine! It’s really mine!
Yesterday was a special day because I got to see my classroom for the very first time. I LOVE it! My favorite part is all of the natural lighting coming from these GIANT windows! ☀️ • There are so many things I hope to accomplish in here this year. • I can't wait to start decorating and adding some flair ✨ Crazy to think that soon it will be filled with lots of intelligent, adorable 3rd graders 😍 IM SO EXCITED! #firstyearteacher #excited #missfahsworld #classroomdecor #newclassroom #emptyroom ##timetodecorate #hugewindows #naturallighting #elementaryteacher #3rdgrade #thirdgradeteacher #iteachtoo #iteachthird #teacherlife #happy #excited #myfirstclassroom
Welcome to my world.
Seeing everyone's #myfirstclassroom made me think back to that amazing year with the students that will always have a special place in my heart! It was a learning process bc I hadn't been able to obtain a teaching job in 5 years so I was extremely nervous to let my team and my students down. But I know God did that for a purpose bc the other jobs that I did have prepared me in ways that college/university could never prepare me for what was to come. We had an awesome year. Some of those students still come to see me from middle school and say hello 😍😍 Anyway, with a bare classroom, and with lots of learning, I had an awesome first year😍 (This is how you know you're a teacher…bc of the cheesiness lol!) Can't wait to welcome my new babies!! #teachersofinstagram #education#myfirstclassroom
Working it like a boss.
#myfirstclassroom was empty, save for materials and books left by my mentor teacher. No couch, no stools, no flexible seating. I think the kids still learned something. I did have pillows though! My mom& I made them the summer before school started. No #ikeaclassroom until at least last year! My #newteacheradvice: focus on the kids. Their learning, your lessons, your resources. The posters, laminating, decorations, etc. can wait. They will still learn and enjoy YOU. Good luck new teachers! 👩🏻🏫
Rising to new heights.
Deciding on classroom setup.
Should I go with circles?
I just came across these pictures of #myfirstclassroom! I have learned SO much about teaching since then and would do about a million things differently if I could go back in time. Although thinking back, what I lacked in experience I made up for with a passion for teaching. I loved those kids hard and still talk to a few who are no longer my babies but big middle schoolers! You don't have to have years of experience or a Pinterest worthy classroom to create positive relationships with your students.
This was #myfirstclassroom – I had two days before school started to get this room ready. Was it perfect? No, but so much fun was had in this room. By the end of the year, this room looked very different. I changed the entire layout frequently to try and find what worked best for the kiddos and for me. I’m so excited to share with you all my new room this year! #canadianteacher #teachersofinstagram #ikeasponsorteachersplease #iteachscience #iteachsixth
Or a U shape?
My first year, I was in a portable (that eventually caught on fire 😂). A day before kids came, I was told that my content area was changing… so I didn’t have anything on the walls for Day 1. My second year, I wasn’t completely sure what I would be teaching but I wanted it to be a little more welcoming than Year One. 🙈 My last school taught me flexibility, but more importantly, it taught me what mattered most – relationships. ❤️ My vision was for students to feel welcome, accepted, and challenged. While I may not have had a Pinterest ready room, we got to business. We had some of the highest reading growth in our entire school AND a large number of our ELLs exited our language program! 📈 These classrooms were not decorated with many materials, but they were covered in anchor charts and memories by the end of the year. 👩👧👦 #myfirstclassroom
Or maybe clusters?
Now, to get organized.
Stuff. So much stuff.
Got my bins, boxes, and carts ready to go.
I am FINALLY done with traveling and my PD conferences which means I can finally enjoy summer & focus on setting up/prepping for my first EVER classroom!🙌🏻👩🏻🏫 ———————————————— Thanks to tips from this awesome teaching community, I was able to take advantage of all these sales from @michaelsstores & @hobbylobby ! ———————————————— All organization is on sale at michaels till June 30th & they accept competitor coupons ( I used Joann’s 20% off the final total ). I got A L L this for my classroom for $101 out of pocket guys, U N R E A L! I am so stoked 🤗 ———————————————— #firstyearteacher #myfirstclassroom #teachersofinstagram #spedteacher #iteachsped #specialeducationteacher #teacher #Californiateachers #classroomorganization #classroomsetup #classroomsdecor #teacherlife #resourceteacher #iteachfourth #iteachfifth
And voila …
It's been feeling like slow-going in my classroom the last few days but I did get this project done! My teacher tool box using labels from @teachcreatemotivate ! * * * * #backtoschool #teachersfollowteachers #iteachthird #iteachfourth #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #classroomdecor #iteach #classroommakeover #newteacher #myfirstclassroom #btsreadywithtpt
Get that laminator warmed up, baby.
I may have overdone it at the teacher supply store.
Currently taking a well deserved rest in California. My cousin from LA took me to one store.. just for teachers! One word… OVERWHELMED! If I had the unlimited luggage I would have bought the whole Lakeshore store! Looking forward to decorating my first classroom! If only they had stores like this in the UK😣 #pgcemama #myfirstclassroom #teachersupplies #onlyinthestates #teacherdecor #lakeshore @prplegrace23
Our schedule’s going to be rockin’!
It's been a big few days on the laminator this week!! Love these visual timetable lankes from @miss.gortons.class I added a bit of black cardboard as a border to help them stand out more on my whiteboard. I managed to narrow the subjects down to 42… surely we can't do more than that in a week!!! 😂😂😂 #teacherlife #iteachthird #iteachsecond #aussieteachers #aussieteachertribe #teachersfollowteachers #teacherspayteachers #teachersofinstagram #firstyearteacher #graduateteacher #classroomsetup #myfirstclassroom
And our community’s going to be tight!
And, oh boy, are we gonna learn stuff.
Now for the fun part: creating those awesome bulletin boards.
Ready and waiting.
BULLETIN BOARD REVEAL! Swipe to see more ———> ••••••••••••••••••• Not a full classroom reveal but just the bulletin boards for now. Classroom coming soon! ••••••••••••••••••• Again, I loved using the banners from @firstgradefindings for almost all of my boards! Not too bad for my first time at bulletin boards, right?! Shoutout to my Momma for all the help! 💕 . . . . . . . #firstyearteacher #californiateachers #teacher #teach #targetteachers #spedteacherloop #sped #specialeducationteacher #specialeducation #teachershopping #teachersfollowteachers #newteacher #classroomdecor #classroom #classroomorganization #classroomlibrary #teacherlife #iteachsped #myfirstclassroom #classroomsetup #iteachfourth #iteachfifth #iteachsixth #classroombulletinboard #classroomdecorations #bulletinboard
Eyes wide open.
Jumping on the #myfirstclassroom wagon! Six years ago, I walked into the hardest thing I have ever done! My class was difficult and they almost got me! Good thing I hung on because I knew in my heart that I was a great teacher. #coloradoteacher #iteach2nd #teachersofinstagram #iteachsecond #iloveteaching
Ready to inspire.
This!!! I've been thinking about using a lot of black in my room with white and red accents. This is definitely something I am interested in doing. #RepostSave @texaslonestarteacher with @repostsaveapp ・・・ Good news y'all…I finally got the right letter up there! 😂 (see the previous post) I'm so excited about this wall, and the conversations and activities we'll have centered around it. The message is that if they want to live in a world of honesty (and so on), then they need to be honest themselves. The change starts here. Link in profile. 😉 #bestclassroomever #bethechange . . . . . #classroomorganization#classrooomdecor#iteachtoo#iteachhs#teacherlife#shoppingteacher#teachersofinstagram#teachersfollowteachers#englishteacher#teacherhaul#iteachenglish#newteacher#firstyearteacher#myfirstclassroom#stickingwithsecondary
Setting up for success.
**Reflection Section** After 2 days of classroom set up I am absolutely knackered!!! Just in time for PD tomorrow! 😂 Photos of my (no where near finished) room to come… but for now – here is a sneak peek of my new "Reflection Section". I'm so broke so I couldn't justify the $7.50 each for the pretty coloured trays so I bought the cheap clear ones and added paper. I created these particular graphics, but a HUGE thanks to @learningwithmisslees for sharing her station and lending her amazing ideas and of course to @adventuresofroom129 for creating the original. It is available at her awesome TPT store for download, along with loads of other goodies!!! #teacherlife #iteachthird #iteachsecond #aussieteachers #aussieteachertribe #teachersfollowteachers #teacherspayteachers #teachersofinstagram #firstyearteacher #graduateteacher #classroomsetup #myfirstclassroom
And finally, putting together your cozy reading corner.
Books give us all the feels.
I'm loving how everyone is posting their #myfirstclassroom pictures. This was my first classroom in my old district and although it wasn't perfect, there were a lot of great memories made there 💛 New teachers, just make sure you enjoy every moment…it flies by! (I can't believe I'm going into my FOURTH year of teaching 😯) #teacher #teacherproblems #elementaryteacher #teachersofinstagram #teachertribe #teachersfollowteachers #iteachsped #iteachspecialed #iteachtoo #instateacher #instagramteachers #teachersofinsta #teachersinjuly #backtoschool #schoolsupplies #teacherfundedclassroom #teachersonsummerbreak
Get comfortable and read!
Kicking it old school.
Make yourself at home.
The library is coming together! Check out the before and after of the hideous peach square where someone painted around an old chalkboard and then took it down. 🤦♀️ Trying to decide if I should put a border around the map? And maybe a quote above it? Thoughts or ideas? * * * #backtoschool #teachersfollowteachers #iteachthird #iteachfourth #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #classroomdecor #iteach #classroommakeover #newteacher #myfirstclassroom #oldschoolproblems
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