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Back to School -The Classroom & the Dorm

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Our students have been back in school here for almost a month now, but for most of the country, school does not begin until after Labor Day.  So I have been saving this post until Labor Day was on the horizon.  It is unreal how many of you are teachers or retired teachers!  So this post is for all you educators. (But the rest of you are more than welcome to continue reading! :))

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If you were following Talk of the House last spring, you learned that I have been an elementary teacher with a homeroom for all 31 years of my teaching career.  And it’s no secret that I am a workaholic (like many teachers) whose normal school day includes an excessive number of after-school and on-the-weekend hours.  There have been numerous changes in education in the last three decades.  The demands placed on regular ed teachers in our county (and probably elsewhere) have become practically humanly impossible to meet – including some additional ones that were put in place for this year.

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It was because of all of this that I asked my administration to move me to a math teaching position that became available at the end of last school year.  And let me tell you, this is the best thing I could have ever done!  I am soooooo loving it.  One of my friends said that I “have a new lease on life.”  Another one commented to me the other day, “It is like you have dancing shoes on all the time now.” 🙂  Pretty good, huh?  Moving into this position required that I change classrooms, and I want to  show you where this math girl now resides, but first let me show you my old third grade room again that I had last year.

Last year:

 

Now this was my new room when I moved into it in June.

I had never seen so many math manipulatives and school supplies before!  It took six days during my summer break working in there to organize it all.  (I am so thrilled to have this job, I would have spent every day of the summer to get it ready if I had needed to!)  So here is the door to my new classroom…

(Our entire hall has silhouettes of children down it that we all made from bulletin board paper.)

Come on inside and take a look around the new room.

I obviously recycled much of my classroom decor.

The “fake” chalkboards are large chart tablet boxes that are covered with black bulletin board paper.  I rubbed chalk all over them to give them an “older” effect before writing on them.The cabinets are now filled with math manipulatives organized by topic (decimals, fractions, geometry, etc.)

 

The big books are old outdated law books that I covered in paper and gave imaginary math titles.

And that concludes our classroom tour.  Since we are on a back-to-school post, I wanted to show you our daughter’s dorm room today, too.  (You are such fast learners you just graduated from elementary school and are now heading to college! :))

Keep in mind that these are her decorating ideas and her color choices.  She and her roommate decided on everything.  The only things I did were:  put ribbon on the lamp shade, make the ribbon hangers on the letter and bulletin board, and spray paint the wicker trunks (and pay for things!)  She did the photo collages.

Here is her desk.

Her roommate was trying to study when I interrupted her to take photos.

(Sorry Missy!)

And here is our daughter wearing pink that matches their room decor.

So now you have been to an elementary school and college in today’s post.   Since we are celebrating all things back-to school, it is time for your test question from this teacher:

What was your best/favorite subject in school?

(Mine was math!)

Looking forward to your answers!

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Sue - August 22, 2015 - 10:18 pm

I follow you on Pinterest and didn’t realize you were a teacher!I too, was a full-time teacher for many years. Until I too, took a (part-time) position as a Math teacher! Like you…I am so much happier! And also…like you…one of my favorite parts of the year is decorating my classroom. Your classroom is gorgeous! What a comfortable learning space you have made for those lucky children. I absolutely love your style! Thank you for sharing!:)

Mary - September 5, 2013 - 1:18 am

Love your daughters dorm room. Wish mine had looked like that. Love the green trunks, could you tell mr where you bought them. I could use some nice looking storage containers. Thanks and keep up the good stuff coming! Love when I see you have a new post.
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Thank you for your super nice comment Mary! I got the trunks from Target. Here is the link: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-woven-willow-basket/-/A-14332048?reco=Rec|pdp|14332048|SolrSearchToView|search_page.null_no_search_results_1&lnk=Rec|pdp|14332048|SolrSearchToView|search_page.null_no_search_results_1 They came unfinished and we sprayed them with a green Valspar spray paint from Lowes. I also have one on top of our daughter’s desk in her bedroom at home. That one was sprayed a khaki color. You can see it here: http://www.talkofthehouse.com/daughters-bedroom-redone/
They hold a lot!
Kelly

Katherine - September 4, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Reading!!! But, I’m sure you already knew that! HaHa!!!
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I can most definitely believe that!!
Kelly

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Jennifer - September 3, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Kelly,
I am also a teacher and I really enjoy your blog. I love your classroom! I wish I had the energy to really decorate like that. I know your students love to be in there. What do you do in the area where the wicker love seat is placed? Everything is just darling.
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Jennifer, the loveseat was in my third grade room in the reading center where children could sit to read books. I did not want to take it home since the garage is so full of our boys’ junk right now, and I don’t want to get rid of it in a yard sale. So I have a small reading center in this math room too…for children to sit and read if/when they finish their work. It is comfortable! I hope your school year is off to a great start!
Kelly

Kim - September 3, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Your classroom is so cute, but of course it is. Cute dorm, too.
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Thank you Kim! I am glad you liked the classroom and daughter’s dorm room.
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - September 2, 2013 - 8:49 pm

WHAT a CUTE CUTE room. Any child would love being in your classroom. Where did you get your cute silhouettes and large numbers? Did you make them?

I helped my son a little bit with his classroom the other day. He teaches 7th grade History. He doesn’t have patience with all my cute ideas for his classroom, LOL. That is a guy teacher for you!

My favorite subjects were history, geography and art.
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I free hand drew the large numbers using a ruler for straight lines. For the silhouettes we googled silhouettes of children and chose images from there to enlarge using some of the technology in our classroom. Then traced them on black bulletin board paper and cut them out. I used the ones from here: http://www.charactersf.com/clients/pottery-barn-kids/brand-identity I have always loved PBKids branding, so they were perfect for this.
I hope your son has a great school year!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - September 1, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Your classroom is fabulous, I love it and wow, tons of work. Your daughter is so pretty and such a cute room too. I also really like math. Great post. Hugs, Marty
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Thank you Marty! The classroom turned out much better than I thought it would. It was a disaster zone when I started on it, and I am so glad I could recycle so much of what I had in the other room. Yay for being a fellow math lover!
Kelly

Jayne - September 1, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Honestly, we moved around 3 times in my first 3 years of school, so I missed some things and was always behind. I never really liked school because of that. I have to say my favorite subject in middle and high school was Home Ec. I loved learning about baking and setting tables, sewing and crafting. I still love these things. I became a teacher, but if I could do it all again I would major in Home Ec (aka Family and Consumer Science)That’s one reason I love your blog so much!!!
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Home Ec WAS wonderful! (and useful too!) I hate that your early years in school were not the best. Glad you are enjoying the blog!
Kelly

Martha - September 1, 2013 - 10:23 am

Your room looks so happy and inviting….I think I might have liked math in that room, but only because it satisfied my love of beauty. All the work you did to make it pretty and organized is wonderful…. I loved reading/literature, really didn’t enjoy math at all. I am still sort of in awe of people that do love it, my brain shuts down when I see math problems.

Your daughter’s dorm room looks great. It is a challenge to make those little rooms liveable and attractive. She did a great job!

Here in NC we start back to school in mid to late Aug. I love all the back to school sales and still get excited over new school supplies, ahh the smell of new crayons… blank notebooks to fill , pencils with working erasers,it never gets old to me. My 3 oldest granddaughters are in school,2 just started kindergarten so they are super excited about everything related to school. They even think homework is wonderful. I am glad to hear you are loving your new position, hope this is a great year for you.
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I love that they think homework is wonderful! I wish we could bottle that enthusiasm. Thank you for all your kind words here. I love the smell of new school supplies too!
Kelly

nancy - September 1, 2013 - 7:16 am

I don’t know that most still start after Labor Day. None of my friends in 4 states do. Not as early as you but everyone’s been in school at least 2 weeks.
I’m not a teacher but my sister and best friend are. They’ve both been teaching a long time like you. One finally got out of the classroom, like you (yay!) and the other went from what you’re doing back to the classroom (funding cut) where shell stay until retirement (boo!).
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Aw man if we had a funding cut that would be very bad! I feel sorry for your friend that had to go back into the classroom. I wish her good luck for the school year.
Kelly

Bobbie - August 31, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Hi Kelley,

I too am a teacher. I have taught for 32 years and this will be my last year. I too agree that there are many demands made on the teachers of our country. I have taught in a middle school now for 21 years. Even though I am looking forward to retirement I know it will be bittersweet to leave my classroom.

Bobbie Allgood
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Like you Bobbie, I too am looking forward to retirement (but I will probably have a couple more years.) I keep wondering when education is going to swing in a different direction. And I am afraid we are running all the good teachers out of the profession. Yes, it will be bittersweet to leave teaching, but I think the change will be a good one. Hope yours will be too.
Kelly

Liz - August 30, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Ohhhh to be a student in your class! Those are some lucky kids. If you inspire them even anywhere near as much as you inspire all your readers, they have it made:)Your classroom is as warm and inviting as your home…aaahhhh what a treat to have a “tour” of it all. Thank you!
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Thank you Liz! I really appreciate your sweet comments! And thank you for reading.
Hope you are having a great week.
Kelly

Katrina - August 30, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Love, love, love your classroom and especially the silhouettes!!
Math is my least favorite subject so I would have been the little kiddo who came to your fabulous classroom for extra help!
Your daughter’s dorm room is so, so pretty and she looks just like her pretty mom…lucky girl! You and she would enjoy the post that Shannon Berrey did on her freshman daughter’s dorm room at NC State (more chevron)…just go to Shannon Berry.com.
My favorite subject……..language arts…I used to LOVE to diagram me some sentences!!!!
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A sentence diagrammer, huh? I remember doing that many many years ago in the dark ages. 🙂 I wonder if they still do that in middle school? I will have to go check out Shannon’s post. We looked at NC state for our daughter, but she really wanted Chapel Hill..but did not get in there. Boo hoo. Maybe she can get in for grad school there. Glad you liked the classroom and the silhouettes.
Kelly

Paula B. - August 30, 2013 - 9:08 am

What a great classroom, I’m sure it reflects all the energy you put into the teaching of your subject. Hope daughter has a wonderful year at school, she is so darn pretty! (Love the dorm colors, tres Lily!) My favorite subject always was English, with the electives following: Music, Home Ec. etc.! However, in college I switched from English to History and found my true fit. After teaching for thirty two years, I have been subbing and taking part time jobs for the past five years – I don’t know where the time has gone. Just applied for a job today, gotta keep busy. Have a great year, Kelly. Enjoy the new position, it will keep the creative juices flowing.
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How funny that you should mention Lily! She was definitely channeling those colors (and bought a Lily planner and water bottle for her desk. :)) Good luck with getting your new position. I am certainly enjoying mine.
Thank you for your sweet comment on the room.
Kelly

Jill - August 30, 2013 - 7:49 am

I think at different times during my education I had different favorites. There was a time when I thought I would become a Math teacher because I loved Algebra. I know, I’m weird! 🙂 I always loved Art and Music….any chance to be creative. I would’ve LOVED to be in your class! What a beautiful and inspiring room. I have to believe that an organized, color-coordinated, inspirational classroom like yours is far more calm and condusive to learning than some of the cluttered classrooms I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Loving Algebra is NOT weird, Jill! 🙂 (that said by a girl who took calculus for an elective in college!) Thank you for the sweet words about the classroom. It is definitely organized now after spending so many days working on that specifically. I don’t do well with chaos!
Kelly

Donnamae - August 29, 2013 - 9:04 pm

I love your new classroom…looks like a fun place to learn math! My favorite subject was geography…do they even teach that anymore? 😉
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Donnamae, I don’t know if geography is taught as a separate subject anymore or if it is mixed in with map reading skills in social studies. I think it is a very important skill to have though. Thank you for the compliments on my new room!
Kelly

Louvina - August 29, 2013 - 8:42 pm

What more can I say!? Amazing — just AMAZING!! I love it ALL!! It really makes me miss this time of the year and getting my classroom ready! Oh, how I enjoyed planning and getting the room ready! I could look at this all day! It truly looks like something out of a magazine. My favorite grade was 3rd grade-had the best teacher ever– and my favorite subject was Home Economics. When I taught, I loved first grade the best because of language arts and watching the students learn how to read and write.
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Oh Louvina, first grade is THE most demanding (but rewarding) grade to me. I did it for more than 10 years. I think all first grade teachers should have a parapro (teacher’s aide). Home Ec – what a great subject!
So glad you liked the classroom.
Kelly

Shar - August 29, 2013 - 8:34 pm

I come from a family of teachers, and I am married to one! We met while student teaching. I used to teach Language Arts & Reading, because reading is my favorite! After years of teaching and ‘red tape’, I too, switched careers–to Teacher’s Aide. I still get to work with kids,teaching reading & I love it! Teaching carries over as a hobby for me, as I love to collect old writing slates & small, antique reading chairs. Your classroom is so charming & creative. I bet the kids are excited to ‘visit’, just as I enjoy visiting your blog!
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It sounds like you have made a smart career move, Shar. I know exactly what you mean about all the red tape. Your collections sound charming!!
Kelly

Debbie w - August 29, 2013 - 7:45 pm

I love love your classrooms…..I especially loved how you used those individual green chalkboards to label your shelves. Now I wish that I had kept a couple when I retired. Also, loved the wicker sofa….how inviting!

Cute daughter!
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Oh, yes…love those old green chalkboards too! That little wicker sofa was originally in our family room here. It still has the original red with white stars upholstery. It has held up well!
Kelly

Beth - August 29, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Oh my, your classrooms ( both old and new) are amazing! So many great ideas and neat things to see. Where I teach we are not allowed to have any wall covered with paper/posters more than 20%. I can near you gasping now, lol. At first it was hard but I’m used to it now. We are back to school on Tuesday and our students return September 5th. Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. Your blog is one of two that I check daily and I am never disappointed. 🙂
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Thank you for following along with all the posts, Beth! I am glad you can find ideas to use here. We had some “paper on the walls” rules awhile back. They said it was because of “fire code”, but oddly enough after searching through many fire codes I could not find one thing that mentioned it. Maybe it was more of an “insurance company” code? Our building is not allowed to put anything directly on the door, and we have an 80% covered max rule for the walls. I brought up using the fire resistant bulletin board paper, (but I still have fabric on my bulletin boards.) They said the fire resistant paper could be used in any proportion (but it does cost a lot.)
Kelly

elle - August 29, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Your classroom is delightful. I’m sure you are an amazing teacher with lucky students. Good luck on the new math gig. Why does your school start a month early? I am showing my stupidity here – but I thought all schools started the Tuesday after Labor Day. Is there a reason to start it in August?

No one understands how much extra time teachers put in… name another profession where people would use up 6 days of their vacation time – WORKING – at their job (which is what you did). Amazing.
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Elle, I have wondered about our start time over and over again. It has something to do with finishing all the end of semester tests in our local high schools before Christmas. (We do have a week off in October and a week in November.) Amen about teachers putting in extra hours…and doing it for no pay. It is a “crying shame” to me…and it is sort of expected here. They “ask” a large number of teachers to attend an all day meeting the day summer vacation begins – for no pay – and I just think that is wrong. Many people mistakenly think teachers get “paid” for the summer. The truth is, we have already earned that money, and the county gets to keep it until they distribute it back to us in the summer. Thank you for speaking up for teachers.
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - August 29, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Kelly, your new classroom is absolutely wonderful! You have such a gift and it shows how you poured it into making that room so inviting and fun for your students. Love it! My favorite subject…..I read someone’s else’s post about “anything but math” and I would say that was the case for me. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your classroom!
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Patty, I am so happy you like the new math room! Too bad that you were not a math lover. You should read the children’s book, Math Curse. I bet you will find it amusing. 🙂
Kelly

MIckey - August 29, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Kelly, your classroom looks amazing, how I wish I had a math teacher like you. I struggled with math. My favorite class was art, I went on to get a BFA in art and taught elementary art in Ohio for 4 years. We moved to PA where for the last 34 years I have been teaching preschoolers, it has been amazing to watch this age be so creative. I do enjoy the young ones and we just had orientation today and again tomorrow, I am looking forward to the new school year. Thank you for sharing your classroom. Mickey
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Good luck with your new school year, Mickey! I loved art, too. Bless you that you can work with those tiny preschoolers! They are delightful but demanding.
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - August 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Kelly…your classroom is such a beautiful place to learn…who cannot excel with the beautiful surroundings that you have provided…you are always so creative in everything you do….and love your daughter’s dorm room area…She looks very happy and excited to be there!!!..
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Shirley, you are so kind to say that about the room! Our daughter is happy about the room but not about having to study…one of those things that is kind of expected of you when you are in school. LOL (She IS managing to find some time to play, though.)
Kelly

GinaE - August 29, 2013 - 11:49 am

In college Art Appreciation was my favorite class. In high school biology was my favorite. Your classrooms look so great! Your sense of style and creativity really shine. I’ll bet the other teachers ask for your help with their classroom decor often. Your daughter is lovely and so are the touches you put on her room. I love the lamp.
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Oh..biology…the death of me! I stand in awe of those that do well with it! 🙂 I am glad you liked the room. We all work together to do the decorating in our hall, and we all share ideas. Teachers are great about doing that! Glad you liked the lamp too. That was my favorite project in the room.
Kelly

Susan - August 29, 2013 - 11:39 am

Oh, Kelly -this was a wonderful reminder of how much I loved to have my classroom decorated for my students. I changed up bulletin boards & decor once a month. The other teachers thought that I was crazy, but I liked to keep the room fresh for my kids and they loved it.
I’m glad that you are having such a great start to your school year. Sometimes, change can make all the difference for the better!
P.S. My favorite subject? Everything, except math 😉
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Susan, I used to do the same thing when I first started teaching. New bulletin boards and art projects each month..back in the good old days when we actually had time for art projects!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 29, 2013 - 11:36 am

Kelly,
Why am I not surprised at how wonderful you’re new room is?! You have made the math room a place that even I, not the strongest math student, would want to spend serious learning time in. Your students are so lucky to have you and I’m thrilled you were able to make a change that has added a “spring to your step”. 😀
Your daughter’s dorm room is great. I love kelly green and pink and the room looks fresh and fun. Great job!
School will start right after Labor day here. I love back to school time even though my kids are adults.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you so much Karen! I am thrilled at the job change. Everyone is going to be fighting for this position if I ever decide to retire! 🙂 I am glad you liked our daughter’s room too. This was their second plan. The first was a travel theme…we have a quilt with French writing all over it and a “postcard” pillow from Pottery Barn. Guess we will have to save them for a later room (or try to sell them on ebay.) I definitely like the cheerful pink and green better.
Kelly

Kathy - August 29, 2013 - 11:32 am

My favorite subject was and still is reading. I taught school, 3rd grade for 35 years. I always enjoyed it greatly. I’m retired now and enjoy my retirement greatly also. Your classroom is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, 35 years is so impressive! And all of it in 3rd grade?? That is amazing. Glad you are enjoying your retirement. I am looking forward to the day I can do that, too. Thank you for your sweet comments about my classroom.
Kelly

Angie - August 29, 2013 - 10:52 am

I was a school secretary for 13 years and this is one of the cutest classrooms I have ever seen! What a great learning environment for your students. Math was my favorite subject too.
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Yay another math lover! Thank you for the compliments on the classroom. I am so glad you like it!
Kelly

Dawn - August 29, 2013 - 10:45 am

My favorite school subject was always Reading. It still is. I teach fifth grade homeroom, reading, health, spelling and religion. I also teach 6-8 grade reading when my fifth graders go to science, math and history. In addition, I also get to teach first grade handwriting while my fifth graders are at P.E. or Music. Yep, I am busy and I love it. I am only 14 years in though unlike your impressive 31 years, Kelly! Wow! Good luck to all that are going back to school, teaching, learning, etc.
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Good grief Dawn! How in the world do you keep all of that straight (and plan for all of it)?! Best of luck to you for the school year ahead.
Kelly

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - August 29, 2013 - 9:21 am

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and once AGAIN I am amazed at your talent of making an ordinary space (most likely cinder blocks) look so inviting and FUN! Maybe if you were my teacher as a child I would have like math better…….I didn’t and STILL don’t like it! I always loved spelling and my favorite was when we had a “spelling bee contest”.
I am sure your administrators were willing to give you ANY position just to keep you! Hugs to you!
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You are just too sweet, girl!! I was not a good speller (and still struggle with it…thank goodness there is spell check on the computer!) My sister was the winner of our school spelling bee though! (She got all the spelling talent. :)) My administrators did not want to put me in the math job (I had to really argue to get it)…I have been one of their go-to girls for reading and writing for a looooong time. I guess they thought I didn’t know anything about math! Ha ha.
Kelly

Talia - August 29, 2013 - 9:09 am

First – your classroom is amazing! What a fantastic learning space. How I wish I had your talent.

Favorite subject – English. I am a grammar snob.
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Fellow grammar snob here, Talia! Thank you for the sweet words about my classroom. It was fun to have a specific direction to go when decorating it. (I had to stop myself from buying some fabric that had numbers on it!)
Kelly

Judy - August 29, 2013 - 9:02 am

well, just when I think you couldn’t top last year’s room, you went and did it anyway! love that math room….sooo cute and imaginative.

i’d say history and literature were my favorite subjects (still are) but math….not so much! however, my husband is a math whiz…he told me the other day when he was in 4th grade they moved him to 6th grade math (not sure how that happened but he claims it did)…he is very much a math master!

heading out to more physical therapy on my shoulder this morning…someone said there the other day it’s the only place he knows of where torture is legalized!
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Wow thank you Judy! If you liked history and literature, you are definitely a “story lover.” I bet you like to read historical fiction. Hope your physical therapy is not too torturous this week, and I hope all that pain is doing some good for you!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - August 29, 2013 - 8:48 am

I hate to confess that I was not a math fan! History was my favorite subject…and it still is as I am the family genealogist. Your class room is so cute and I am sure that if I had you as a math teacher Kelly, I would love math. Fortunately I married a physicist/mathematician and he always helped our children with their math!!
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I am jealous of you Arlene! History was my all time worst subject in school, but once I started teaching it, I loved it. It was like one long story. How wonderful that your husband is a mathematician. My engineer husband always helped our kids with physics and chemistry. (I was the helper with grammar and writing.) It is a good thing we all have different talents. 🙂
Kelly

Barb - August 29, 2013 - 8:10 am

Can I please copy and paste Pippa’s response? I forwarded your blog to my daughter (middle school special ed teacher) and my husband (middle school math teacher)….new careers for both. Such a wonderful classroom. Thanks for another great post!
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Pippa’s comment was so sweet, wasn’t it Barb? Thank you for spreading the blog love!! I appreciate it so much. Best wishes for the school year to both your daughter and your husband. There is no way I could work in a middle school. Those students there are just walking hormones! LOL So hats off to them!
Kelly

Vicki - August 29, 2013 - 8:04 am

I loved the way that your daughter did her photo’s on the wall!! What a great idea!I have 5 people in my family who are or were teachers. It is a great calling and I’m proud of all who do it.I guess I loved Lit. class. You read a book and can be anywhere.. from Italy to Ireland. In a town called Mitford to the open sea’s. Have a wonderful day!! Vicki.
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Vicki, you are so right about literature instantly taking you places. Glad you liked the photo collage on our daughter’s wall. She worked until late in the night getting that thing like she wanted it. 5 teachers! Oh my! That is a lot of educators.
Kelly

Kathy - August 29, 2013 - 7:36 am

Kelly, I am so glad you are revitalized for the school year and love your new position! Your. Classroom. Is. Precious! But, guess what! I don’t miss it! LOL! Of course, my favorite subject was math. (We are sisters!) I like for the answer to be either right or wrong…mostly right. Your daughter’s dorm room is adorable….love the pink and green and chevron!
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Oh yes – either right or wrong – no gray in the middle ground. Thank you for the compliments on my classroom and my daughter’s room, too. 🙂 When I retire, I think I will probably miss the school things during the back-to-school time…but who knows?
Kelly

Pam Roach - August 29, 2013 - 6:19 am

My favorite subject was science!

Ps – I was a teacher too. Love love love your blog!!!

Pss – your kids are SO lucky ( fortunate) to have you as their math leader!!!!
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Thanks a bunch for your kind words Pam. I did NOT like science in school, but somehow it clicked when I got to college. (It is still my least favorite subject to teach, though.) I really think the teacher makes all the difference in the world in whether we catch on or not.
Kelly

Pippa Griffin - August 29, 2013 - 12:43 am

Favorite subject was always reading/literature – I was the kid always hiding under the covers with a flashlight, reading until the wee hours. I would hop on my bike and ride two miles to the library and be gone the entire day. It was heaven to me.

What a fabulous teacher you must be – what lucky children to have you grace their lives!!! And love your daughter’s dorm room too!!!

Have a fabulous school year – and thanks for a wonderful blog that never ceases to delight and inspire! Hugs, Pippa
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What a super sweet comment Pippa! I was so not a fan of reading as a child – but I did like to look at cookbooks and decorating books in the library – yes, even as a child.
Kelly

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