Countdown to Launch – Part 2 (Classroom Makeover)

I am excited to announce my classroom is finally finished!  I have been working most of the summer to space-ify my classroom in honor of our math department’s new space theme for the year!  Here’s what my classroom looked like before I changed it.



Besides getting 24 desks that matched (score!)  I took the bones of what I had and space-ified everything!  My mom, Laura, did a TON to help me get ready, and did all of the artsy painting touches!  Thanks mom!!

My favorite touches:

  • Awesome posters from Apollo and shuttle missions.
  • Hand-painted moon and pi numbers on my bulletin board, with a cool earth background for my pi.
  • My word wall has been re-done with keyboard shortcuts and inspirational space quotes instead of math terms.  (I made my math terms into magnets and stuck them to my metal cabinets.
  • All of the elements that were dark brown in the room have been redone with gray and/or shiny silver.
  • The PVC launch tower my husband and I built to go over the giant A/C unit in my room.

The only finishing touch I am hoping to add is a large poster on the back wall between the two windows.  I am wanting a map with paths of orbits like the one shown here, or possibly even a poster of the whole control room like this:

Image result for control room NASA 1960s

I am super excited to start off this school year and can’t wait to get my students in here!  Next week I will post some pics of our first week of school!  Our teachers return Monday and Tuesday, and then our students return to school on Wednesday!


Author: achilders

Hello, my name is Alison Childers, and the first thing you should know about me is I am a nerd. Like a really big nerd. If you keep that in mind, the rest of this description is just icing on the cake. I am a fifth year 9-12 math teacher in the small town of Carmi, Illinois. I teach Algebra 1 and Pre-Calculus, and spend most of my evenings trying to find new ways to keep students excited to be in math class. I am interested in finding activities/projects that push students' math knowledge, while also working on their collaboration, computer, and real-world problem solving skills. I also coach our math team and color guard. This year is a big year for us, as we are going 1:1 chromebooks. I am undaunted by integrating technology, but having them at our fingertips every hour of every day this year means I want to find ways to streamline workflow and use the technology to its fullest potential. The purpose of this blog will be to detail our journey into all of these exciting areas, and I can't wait to get started on all of it! Hopefully at the end of each school year, I will be the best version of myself so far!

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