Sunday, August 05, 2012

A Sneak Peek at MrHughes' Room

Though it is hard to utter, school is looming around the corner. I shudder when I think of all that I still have left to do, but smile when I think of all that I have already accomplished. With the great change in how we will be teaching, I have had some sleepless nights wondering just how to approach this so that the students get the absolute best experience and education.
Now, never fear. I know that I have the skills to teach the concepts, it is just the "what do I want to teach first" battle that is raging. However, I am confident that I shall have it all worked out in the next two weeks before school starts.
Today, while I was working in my room, I started planning out the first few days. I was looking through my plan book and found a great activity that I had made several years ago. I wanted to use it again this year, but it was very outdated with topics being from the early 2000's. (That makes me feel SO OLD to type that!).
So, I took a few minutes and whipped out a new one, and in celebration of school starting again, thought that I would share it with you.

Just click HERE to get your free copy! :) It's not much, but it is fun. I have my students do this the first day of class. It gets them out of the their seats and moving around meeting classmates. I teach in a rural school where the same students are together for all 13 years of the their schooling and as 6th graders, they still enjoy doing this activity. I hope you will enjoy using it too.

Okay, so below is a panoramic view of my classroom thus far. You will notice a few of my children are in the picture as well my baby daughters playpen and toys. Obviously THOSE items and children won't be in my room on the first day, but as a busy daddy, it is a reality of summer work in my classroom.

As you can see, there is still a lot to do, but a lot is looking great. I hope you noticed my huge library. I am proud to say that I own all that your eyes see in those bookcases, and I currently have over 5,000 titles for my students to choose from. They range in level from Guided Reading Level B to High School. I will tell more about those when I do a full classroom tour.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 



  1. Ha! Seeing that playpen sitting next to your desk made me laugh. May I suggest keeping it and when a student acts up, have'em sit there for a few minutes! Call it "The Naughty Pen!"

  2. Hey Diplo-
    Now THAT is an idea. I don't think my administrator OR the parents would appreciate it very much! ha ha! Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well in your family.

  3. Thanks for get to know you. I'm teaching middle school reading (gr 7) again . Looking for ideas to put students reading notebook online. Thanks.


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