Classroom Evolution 2012

I moved to a new classroom this summer.  It’s not just any classroom.  It’s the biggest, sweetest, “I’ve made it!” classroom.  I dragged my feet for a few years as I knew how much work it would be, but now that I’m at the end of that work I’m glad I did it.  Here’s Mrs. Smith’s classroom evolution 2012.  It might not look like much, but I’m quite proud.

Day #2 Dumpster #3
The worst days!  Cabinet cleaning.  Ick!
Day 10+
Pretty purple (that everyone thinks is blue) paint — I think I love you!

After filling three or four (I lost count) rolling dumpsters, recycling as much as humanly possible, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, comparing paint samples, painting, printing, shopping, framing, here’s what I have so far.

Oh frame wall, you’re my proudest summer achievement.

It’s not done, but it’s getting there and the hardest part (cleaning out all the cupboards and crevices) is done.

My frame wall and bulletin boards aren’t there yet, but they’re slowly coming together.  Too bad they don’t give an Olympic medal for fabric bulletin board making.  I think I could definitely be competitive! More hard work ahead.

Run!  Miss Nelson’s Got the Camera is hosting a link up for before and after classroom pictures.  She is also having a fun giveaway!  Although my “after” part isn’t completely done, I linked up and so should you.  I love looking into other classrooms!

*Update 8/15/12 I’m DONE!  Check it out here!

I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my minpin Lily.  How many hours she’s spent on the dirty carpet in my classroom listening to my iPod blasting, trying to avoid being hit by unruly chair stacks one only knows.  She’s been very patient this summer.  Thanks Lil!


  1. Your room is absolutely an "I've made it!" classroom. Love it. And I love the PURPLE walls. I was debating a color like that back in May (it was my pick) but my blog readers chose green instead. 🙂

  2. Wow, that is a "I've made it" classroom! I love it and I agree, cleaning out the cabinets is the worst!!! And Lily is adorable!!!
    …and remember …always stay 'Wild About School!'

  3. Hi Katie! Thanks for entering my giveaway – I am so glad to have found another third grade teacher to follow! I LOVE your quote wall – I might have to make one of my own after seeing how cute yours is! I saw in your profile that you live in Boulder – my aunt is about to move from Austin (where I live) to Boulder next week. I hear Boulder is a beautiful, very chill place, so I'm looking forward to visiting her once she's settled!

    Yay Third Grade

  4. Love your room & so jealous you get to bring your dog to school!

  5. I love you classroom. It is so soothing!! I am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by for a visit and follow me back!!

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