Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Day one of another school year has come and gone.  With a new school year, there is a lot of frenzy, a lot of anticipation, and a lot of wonder.  As I prepared for my new group of first graders, I couldn't help but wonder what this new school year would have in store for us.  We have a lot of new things things going on this year.  I have new teaching friends that I'm working with, a new student teacher, and new group of first graders that I'm getting to know.

During our morning meeting time we discussed our scheduled for the day, I shared my "About Me" bag, and we talked about some of our classroom routines and procedures.  However, I was anxious to find our what my new students were wondering about first grade.  Below is a list of some of the things they were wondering:
  • Will we have fun?
  • Will we learn to read?
  • Are we going to use the computers?
  • Will our teacher be nice?
  • Who will be in our class?
  • What will we learn this year?
  • Will we play?
  • What will our classroom look like?
These were all really good questions.  We spent a lot of time talking about the answers to these questions and learning more about first grade.  I love the last question (What will our classroom look like?).  I explained to my first graders how much work I had done in order to prepare for them and the new school year.  I'm happy to report that they love the classroom and they thought it looked great!  Take a look at the "after" pictures below and tell us what you think.

The Group Meeting Area

The View of the Front of the Classroom

The View from the Doorway

The Window View
What does your classroom look like this year?  Is it similar to ours or very different?


  1. Hi Grade One

    We are a Grade 2 class from Melbourne Australia. We are just new to blogging and are looking for some global blogging buddies. Your classroom looks great. We are already half way through Grade 2 at the moment, as we start school at the beginning of the year.

    At the moment in Australia, Winter has just finished, so it is strange to think you have just finished Summer? Is it cold where you live?

    Feel free to have a look at our blog also, at missmay.global2.vic.edu.au

    2M and Miss May :)

  2. Dear Miss May,
    Thank you for the comment. It is warm here in Michigan (USA)and a little bit hot. Today we went outside for recess. Some of us are wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses. We have 2 more weeks of the summer season and then it will be fall. Thanks for stopping by,
    Mrs. Ruckes' Fantastic First Graders

  3. Your classroom looks so beautiful...I read through the questions you all wondered about this year...those are all great-I bet you can already answer some of them. Hope you all have a great week!

  4. Dear Mrs. Ruckes,

    We really like your classroom. We like your group meeting area. We love your carpet. From Division 18, Surrey, BC, Canada.