Establishing the Rules–The 5 P’sthe

 I survived my first day!! I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it went—it didn’t go without a nap, but it went.

Part of what I did today included playing ice breaker games and going over the rules. I have a whole slue of rules, but one of my main points today was The 5 P’s. I found when I was interviewing it was best to keep your rules short and sweet. I had 3 P’s last year—it didn’t quite incorporate enough so I added two more. I found the 5 P’s encompassed more of what we do in class. As I am walking through the 5 P’s, the students were able to get a picture of what my class is like on a daily basis.

Last Year: Prepared, Punctual, and Polite.

This Year: Prompt, Prepared, Polite, Patient, and Productive. 

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1. Be Prompt–I expect all students to be on time to class. In 7th grade, they tend to get social. I use this as a time to tell them that I don’t care who they are talking to in the hall, they need to be to class on time!

2. Be Prepared–I expect them to have their materials at all times. I require them to have a book every class period. If they do not have it, they automatically have silent lunch. In addition to that, I watched about 300 pencils walk off last year. I have a strict borrowing system this year that requires them to give up 2 bathroom passes per missing pencil. 

3. Be Polite–My main point with this is that your partner in class is not your life partner. I explained to them that even though it is a social time in their life, sometimes being partners with your best friend is bad for your grade. I also have a strict no throwing rule. If anything leaves their hand, it’s instant silent lunch.

4. Be Productive–Get something done! ‘Nuff said!

5. Be Patient–This was just a time to discuss book conferences and unless you are “bleeding or vomiting” I don’t want to talk to you.  Reading conferences are 3-5 minutes and they can wait that long. I did not establish that off the bat last year and it was detrimental to my class productivity. This year, right off the bat, don’t interrupt.

I am really going to be a stickler for the rules this year. Last year, I was a little soft and it worked against me. I hate to be the mean teacher, but to get anything done, they can’t see me smile until Christmas. Just kidding–but I will give them silent lunch without cutting them any slack.


FIrstie Tip:

It’s better to start the year with an iron fist and let up at the end of the year than vice versa. I say this from experience, students will talk advantage of your newness. You need to run your classroom like you have been there for 800 years even if the rules change daily. Cut no slack for slackers.

That’s all for tonight folks!

This teacher needs to get to sleep. Big day tomorrow!

–Miss Wyoming


Tour of my Classroom


Currently working during pre-service week! It’s been an overwhelming week! So much information and good ideas! I am just trying to sort it all out–so, in lieu of discussing school, I thought I would give you all a classroom tour. 


This is my “pass area”. There are passes for the library, bathroom, office, and then a few key chains that our schools annual fundraiser gives us. I try to separate them by most commonly used so they do not get tangled and clogged up.



This is one of my new vinyl decals. I have several on this portion of the board. They say “Homework” “Today is…” “LA Agenda” “Reading Agenda” “Announcements” “SOL” I teach a reading class and a language arts class. The reading class is more of an enrichment setting, where is LA is curriculum based.


This is my book news board. I update this about once a month. Once I start getting new books I will list them on the board. I have a book waiting list because I tend to find that books cannot stay on my shelves long enough for a student to get to them. This gives the kids a way to get their book first come, first served. I usually list what I am reading, so the students see me as a reader. I also have my library rules that will stay up for the whole first 6-weeks of school and a list of what I read over the summer.


This is a new poster I have added for the first week of school. It will give students a chance to share books they really enjoy reading. Hopefully it will give struggling readers or non-readers a place to pick up ideas about good books!


This is a new area in my classroom. This was previously my computer but I was given a laptop by my district to use instead. This is a place for kids to get on the computer and check out their books. I will do a whole post on “Classroom.Booksource.Com” one day soon. I also have my document camera on the cart and a student notebook so they can keep up to date. The binders are for the students when they return to school to leave in class.


This is my area. No need to shake your head—I know it’s awful right now!


These are sticky numbers I put on all the desks so the students can find their seats easier and to use them for activities. I also make a folder for each student in my homeroom to store all of their “back to school” paperwork.


This picture is my pride and joy. This is my reading library. I spent a lot of time and money last year compiling this to be what it is. I could spend hours talking about it, but I will just hit the highlights. I keep all of my books in baskets instead of filing them on the shelves. I went to a seminar with Donalynn Miller (The Book Whisperer) and she suggested this idea. Aside of being able to group the books by genre and series, it also allows the kids to take the books with them to their desks to make a decision, instead of feeling pressured to stand and chose a book. The rug and blue tub you see are for my “reading corner”. In the tub are pillows and 2 seat cushions students can use to get comfortable to read. I don’t believe in making the kids sit in a hard seat for a DEAR day or for independent reading time. I let them sprawl out on the floor, sit in the reading corner, sit on desks, sit in my chair, etc. It promotes the idea that this is their time to enjoy themselves.



This is just a better picture of more amenities I have for readers–two crate seats and a camp chair.


This is a fun sign in my library that I made last year when I was bored!


This is a picture of my read owls I got free off TPT and my return box. I have students return their books here so I can check them back in on the computer. They are not allowed at any point to reshelve their own books.


In here, I have 3 things…. 1) A complete list of every book I have in my library 2) A paper called “Ms. Wyoming should read….” where students can give me book recommendations 3) A list of “If you like this, read that” books


This is an area to showcase literature that is being made into a movie. Any movie on this board can be used as extra credit if the student brings me their ticket.


These are my rules “Be Prompt, Prepared, Polite, Productive, and Patient” and my “anchor” area.


This is the news/announcement center. I have the bell schedule, a calendar and the school’s grading policy. Below (which is also a mess) are turn in drawers for all of my class periods. The basket holds copies if I have to make a lot that are too heavy for my pocket chart.


Another picture of this area—one of my goals is to try and keep it neater this year!


Anchor area and a cute owl!


3 things features in this picture– 1) The stacking bins are where students keep their composition notebooks. 2) Lost and found 3) Recycling–my school does a fabulous job recycling! We recycled several tons of paper last year alone!


This is an awesome shade I engineered myself for intruder drills and general privacy. I am the ONLY door in the building with this big of a window.


Aforementioned pocket chart. I keep my copies in this. The top is Mondays copies and on down!

  So there is a tour of my room! I hope you enjoyed it! I will post more details about other stuff later when I have more time. Right now, I am eating a half priced Sonic cheeseburger and onion rings!


Ms Wyoming