Classroom Tour! {Compter Lab - Rainbow Themed}

I'm so excited to finally share my new classroom with ya'll. 

This year I made a big jump from being a 5th grade teacher (for the past 7 years!) to being my school's computer specialty teacher. I miss my 5th graders a TON, but I am also loving my new adventure in the computer lab!

I'm not sure how many other teachers decorate their computer lab, but I wanted to transform my old (I went to elementary school here!) looking classroom into a bright and happy place! I chose to do a rainbow theme and am pretty happy with the way everything has turned out.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to my new room/lab:
View from the outside looking in.

Another little peek inside. 

My biggest {and hardest} project was making this giant rainbow. This wall was covered with old {ugly} orange carpet and I knew that I wanted to hide it. I used about 12 yards of bright blue fabric and covered the entire wall. Then, I had to figure out a way to make a giant rainbow. My first thought was to use fabric, but I decided to go with a cheaper option and used plastic table cloths from the party store. They were easy to cut in the paper slicer so I could make sure they were cut evenly. The hardest part was hanging them. You can see that I made a little ruffle by folding the plastic under a little bit and then I stapled it down every few inches. 
Another view of the rainbow. I know it's not perfect, but I really love how bright and colorful it makes my room look!  I used white plastic table cloths for the clouds at the bottom and styrofoam poster boards for the clouds on the sides. The sun is made out of a big piece of cardboard that I painted yellow and drew a smilie face on.

A view of the front of my room. I made the pennant banner in the front of the room by cutting out colorful scrapbook pages using my Silhouette Cameo and then I strung it together using tulle. You can also see some tissue paper pom poms that my awesome sister-in-law helped me make!

These awesome posters came from Hope King's 'Desire to Inspire' pack. They are perfect! I told my students that they are not rules, but more of classroom habits and expectations.

This is the view of the other side of my room. The bulletin board in the back says 'Keyboarding Klub' and that's were I'm going to celebrate students who reach keyboarding benchmarks. I'm hoping to be able to take pictures of the kids when they meet their grade level benchmarks and post them on the board as a way to motivate others to improve their typing skills as well.

Here you can see more of Hope's 'Desire to Inspire' pack. It makes a super cute bulletin board and I love the motivational sayings! 

You can't see it very well in the above picture, but I also made some rainbow quotes for my room. I have one framed on top of my filing cabinet. Feel free to grab your FREE copy in my TPT store!

I chose to put this saying over my door so students can see it as they leave. I want them to know that even though they might be having a bad day, they are in control of their own attitude and they can make it a  'fabulous' day by thinking positively. (I cut out these letters using my Silhouette Cameo.)

Here's a close-up of my colorful rainbow wreath. I used a wire wreath mold and tied lots {and lots!} of fabric and ribbon all the way around it. I think it looks great hanging on my door.

I wanted to include this picture to show off the curtains that I made. I am NOT a sewer, and in fact, I HATE sewing. My teammates helped me get started on the measuring, hemming, and sewing, and then I was able to finish them up at home. They are not perfect and my sewing is not exactly straight, but I am proud that I was able to finish them! 

I made this little fake floral arrangement to sit by my teacher computer. 

Here's a look at my "teacher shelves" behind my teacher computer. I got the colorful frames at Hobby Lobby and put some pictures of my adorable family in them. On the shelves, I'm also displaying some of my favorite little teacher gifts I've gotten from students over the years.

Here's my 'ABC of Computers' wall. I bought these off of TPT from Elementary Techie Teacher and mounted them on colored card stock. All the words have something to do with computers/technology. 

Last thing before I go. Here's a pic of the behavior system my team will be using this year. It's soccer themed, so when students can't control their behavior (and after a polite verbal warning) they'll have to fill out a yellow card. If they are still making wrong choices, they'll move up to a red card. I also have some MVP awards that I can give to students who have excellent behavior in class. 

{If you're interested, I'm selling these printables for $1.95 in my TPT store, or you could easily make something similar to use in your own classroom.}

Well, that's about all. I hope you enjoyed seeing my new room!
Are you impressed with my crafty skills? 
Do you like the rainbow theme?
I'd love to hear what you think! 


Stephanie Stewart said...

Yes!! Every room should be as welcoming and cheery as this one, regardless of what you teach! It looks beautiful!!!

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Sylvia Parker said...

Love the giant rainbow. I wish all labs could look this inviting.

Michelle Griffo said...

Your room looks beautiful!!!!

Miss Kindergarten said...

NATALIE!!!! I am SUPER impressed!!!!! Your rocked this!!!

Miss T said...

Love the computer lab. I always loved subbing for the computer specialist!

Journey Of A Substitute Teacher

Janae said...

Wow! I wish our computer lab looked that pretty!!! :)

KinderKapers said...

I love the banner and the words outside you door, the quotes, and....oh....just everything! I need to learn to use my silhouette so I can make wonderful letters.

Terri Izatt

Exploring Elementary said...

I want to come and take class from you! What a wonderful room!

YoungTeacherLove said...

Oh my goodness Natalie!! This looks AMAZING!!!!!!! I would want to just stay in this room all day long! I must say though I am super bummed you won't be teaching 5th grade anymore. You have inspired me so much over the years! Enjoy your new adventure!

YoungTeacherLove Blog

Christine said...

Love the rainbow! I've gone to more of a color theme now and love that I can easily add to it or replace things out. What a WAY attractive room! So inviting!

Janaye said...

What a GREAT space!!! I just love the alphabet! Great job, Natalie!

Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

luvzenkms2(Leea) said...

LOVE IT, I am in computer labs too! Had I known this in Vegas I never would have left the meetup as I would have picked your brain on all things Ed tech!!! ....I moved rooms this year so the computer lab is multi colored polka dots ! Yours is awesome!

First Grade Funtastic said...

I love your room! It looks so bright and inviting!!

Susie Q said...

I LOVE your room! What a fun learning environment! You've rocked it! The alphabet cards work perfectly! AWESOME!

Nicole Heinlein said...

LOVE! The rainbow makes such a statement as you walk in! And that computer-themed alphabet is perfect - I might need to get one for my lab!

Jess said...

I love your room! This is an awesome computer room! The rainbow theme is so bright and colorful and the alphabet is great!
Rambling About Reading

carolyn k said...

Love it!

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Natalie!!! Love your room! It's so cheery! The computer word wall is awesome!

Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
Mrs. Wheeler TpT

Lisa Lilienthal said...

Natalie! I love your lab! I hope you have a wonderful year. :-) I've got to get those ABC tech cards!

It's the little things...

Jamie knefely said...

Love, love, love the giant rainbow. It turned out so cute! Job well done.


Jenn Bates said...

Your room looks amazing! Congrats on the move to the new position!
Finally in First

FoodMuster said...

Wow! What an amazing classroom. I can't wait to have a regular class so I can do something like this. As a casual teacher I see many classrooms, but none like this one. I think its a little sad not all teachers dress up their rooms like I remember when I was a kid. Good on ya!!

Rachel said...

I LOVE it!! It is so bright and cheerful! The big rainbow is amazing!! I was our computer teacher 3 years ago until funding was cut and I so wish I could've seen your awesome lab then! Hope you have a great year!
A Tall Drink of Water

Traci - Dragonflies in First said...

Yours is THE MOST gorgeous and FUN computer lab EVER! Fantabulous!

Megan @ I Teach. What's Your Super Power? said...

Love your rainbow tech lab! I am especially in love with the cheerful letters and tech alphabet. Shared this over on my 5 on the 5th post. Your lab rocks!

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

Congrats on your new adventure Natalie! The room looks fabulous. Must share our naked walls of our computer room with you... Might have to share this post with our computer specialist... :)

~Christy & Tammy
Fluttering Through First Grade

Mrs. Saoud said...

Love, Love, Love!

madhu said...

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Dani Lynch said...

Ohhh my goodness I LOVE this!

I have a huge, uninspiring, computer room in my new Kinder area and I had NO idea what to do with it until now, I love that alphabet!

Thanks so much for the inspiration and ideas!


Love and the Librarian said...

I LOVE everything about this room!!!!! It's so bright and cheery without being too busy, great job!!! Your students will love it!
Love and the Librarian

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