When I walked into my room last Thursday, this is what I found:
Everything was pushed toward the center, so I had some furniture rearranging to do. Once I got everything where it needed to be I found the custodian and asked if he had any tall bookshelves I could have. He said, "Only that metal one. It's old and a mess!" No problem! I have plenty of plastic "fabric" to cover it! He hauled it upstairs for me and I got to work!
Here are some before pictures. What was the obsession with this hideous "mauve" color that every filing cabinet and shelf in my school is?! YUCK!
|It was filthy!|
|Tons of old masking tape on the top of it.|
A couple years ago, I found huge packages of plastic fabric at Wal-Mart. It was in the fabric section; it's actually "Con-Tact" brand. Although, it's not shelf liner. It was a HUGE piece of continuous fabric - if I had to guess, I'd say it was about 10'x10'. It was folded in a small square and wrapped in clear plastic. The picture on the back of the package showed it could be used as a cover for a BBQ grill. (Err, huh? Who covers their grill in this gorgeous stuff?!) I bought two packs of them - one black and white damask print and one black and white polka dots. (**I tried to find the product online but couldn't. Sorry!)
I started by measuring the piece for the top. I used a spray adhesive to get it to stick on. I used the end of a binder to smooth everything out.
To do the side, gravity was sort of working against me. So, I starting by taping the piece I had cut at the top. Then I sprayed the adhesive on a small area and smoothed it out.
I just kept spraying small areas as I went down.
I also have a huge filing cabinet behind me when I'm at my desk. I also covered it with the Con-Tact paper and some ribbon. Here's it is!
Here are all the "go-together" cutouts I got last year and over the summer! I got them all laminated and then had some students who were visiting help me cut the out. I can't wait to use them!
I had seen on Pinterest that a classroom teacher made buttons for her students to wear when they got 100 on a test. They got to wear them all day and as they passed other teachers in the hallway, they were congratulated on their accomplishment. I think this is the cutest idea so I adapted it for Speech! I bought these buttons at Michael's. I think they were like $2.
Then, I printed the words "I got 100% in Speech today" & "Ask me how I did in Speech today" on bright, fun backgrounds. Six of each saying because there were 12 buttons in the package. They are polka dot and diagonal stripes: yellow, orange, purple, green, blue, and pink.
I cut them out with my new circle cutter! (I bought this one and LOVE it!You can choose whatever size you want.) The buttons required a 2.25" circle, so that's what these are. If you'd like to print them for yourself, here they are!
I've decided to use some of my empty wall space to make a Word Wall. Again - it's black, white, and hot pink. Here's the stuff all cut out:
Grab a copy for yourself here. It's an editable ppt file so you can change it how you want! I haven't put it on my wall yet, because I'm waiting for my banner to arrive (under which I'll hang my students' accuracy charts).
Over the summer, I found two great posters at the Dollar Tree: synonyms and antonyms. I hung them on the chalk board which is behind me as I'm sitting at the table doing therapy. On the chalk board is also: a poster I made with a treasure map, my behavior clip chart, some describing and pronoun anchor charts, my rating scale for /r/ students (on a scale of 1-5), and a funny /r/ poster I made using various things I found online. Here's how I set it up!
We are only allowed to cover our door with a certain amount (small amount!) or paper due to fire codes. I saw this idea from "The Buckeye Speech Path" and decided to make my own version.
Here is a bulletin board of some personal pictures. I found some cute pirate fabric, that also happened to be pink and black, at Wal-Mart. I used that as the background on a cork board that I had and used pink & black argyle duct tape as the border. Above it, I printed out my chalkboard style poster with a quote from Oscar Wilde that I really like. I put my polka dot border around it and it's done! You can grab that poster here!
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my therapy room! Please share any pictures of how you use any of the freebies in this post. You can use the hashtag #SLPirates on instagram, too! Or tag me; my Instagram used name is @speechlanguagepirates