Monday, August 1, 2011

Putting the Pieces (and Pictures) Together!

I've been working on my room for about 2 weeks now.  First, I went in with the intention of making my old, non-magnetic chalkboards into magnetic, dry-erase boards.  I was partially successful.  The magnetic paint went on well enough--and worked.  Until I put the dry-erase paint over it.

Essentially, it's a Catch-22 because the magnetic paint is a very dark gray color.  The dry-erase is (obviously) white, but the more coats of paint on top of the magnetic layer makes it less effective.  And because you're painting a light color on top of a darker one--you need more coats.

Long story short, I have lovely dry erase boards that are magnetic in random spots.  Ah well!  Still not bad for $30 bucks!

Anyway, all that to say: I've got most of the WBT Classroom elements up and ready to go!  Due to my lack of wall space, I decided to use our mini-blinds for Power Pix.  I have separate sections for Math and Language Arts and plan on using clothespins to clip the pix to the "wall".  The Classroom Rules posters I created (see previous post) are different from the ones on the WBT site, but I think came out really well.  I paid $40.00 to get them blown up at Office Depot (12 x 18).  Then took them to a teacher supply store to get them laminated for $3.00 total.  Check out my pictures and tell me what you think!


  1. I get to go into my classroom this week for the first time. I have a new room this year as well. Perfect time to set up a model WBT classroom. thanks for getting me psyched!

    The Whole Brain Blogger

  2. Your room looks great! I've seen some teachers use the blinds before- that's a great idea when you don't have enough wall space. Are you planning on going to Office Depot for the power pix too? I've been trying to find the best price on that (or convince my husband to by a color printer :)

    Tell me what you are envisioning for your genius ladder. Will you put up sentence strips for each kind of sentence?

    Thanks for sharing the photos! I need to get started on my room soon.

  3. Everything looks great! You will do an awesome job this year!