Updated Classroom Tour

I wanted to share a few updated photos of my classroom, since it has had quite a makeover since my first classroom tour (Classroom Tour 1). I have taken out quite a few tables to make more room, and updated my classroom to a move flexible seating or coffee shop style seating. My students love the choices in seats and the ability to work in different areas where they are comfortable.

It took a while for me to decide to go with a flexible seating arrangement because it meant giving up a little bit of control about the space in my classroom and where my students sit. I still make suggestions when needed, but giving students the choice to make a simple decision about where they learn best has worked really well!











This is the view from my desk, which is in the corner of the room.

This is the view from the back of my room. Right now, I can seat up to 20 students in my classroom, and my average class size is around 16, so there is plenty of room for my students and choices for them to sit in a place that is best for their learning needs.

I also turned an old podium that I decided not to use anymore into a Makerspace Area. This area works great and doesn’t take up a large amount of area, but still holds quite a few supplies for my Makerspace.

Personal Nutrition Analysis

As we moved into Personal Nutrition in my Nutrition and Wellness class, I wanted to find a way to personalize this unit to make it real for my students.  To start, I gave each student a small notebook (fits in a pocket), and we talked about how many calories they needed a day for survival, weight loss, or weight gain. Then we divided the days out and students began simply tracking what food they were eating everyday, how much, and their water intake. After two days, we analyzed their calorie intake from both days to see where their current eating plan fits into a healthy lifestyle based on calorie intake.

They have tracked their diet for two more days and when we come back from Spring Break, they will analyze how those two days fit into the My Plate Guidelines and if they are eating the right foods for their dietary needs. Through all of this, we have had great discussions on healthy eating and  making small lifestyle changes. These activities have been a great way to get students interested in seeing how nutrition plays a critical role in their overall health.

Here are the two assignments students completed or will complete to analyze their diets.

Daily Calorie Intake

Food Groups Analysis

The Consequences of Child Abuse Lapbook

Here is a great activity for students in a Child Development course, Human Growth and Development, or Foundations to Early Childhood class. I have a Foundations class that would rather complete a project than take notes, so I try to find creative ways for them to learn the information they need.

Child Abuse is often a hard topic to talk about for me, because it is so hard to see the damaging effects of child abuse. It can also be a pretty sensitive topic depending on the students in our classrooms.  I wanted students to learn more about child abuse and really look at the damaging effects as well as see real stories about child abuse and the effects of it. After my students have completed this project, we are going to have a discussion day to talk about the things they learned from the project and about ways we can help children who are victims of child abuse and what we can do to be proactive in the prevention of child abuse.

This activity is based on several lap-book ideas I have seen on the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher’s Facebook group. Not all these ideas are my own. I took ideas from other teachers to create a project that could fit into my class for the needs of my students.

Project Directions Here: The Consequences of Child Abuse Lapbook

If you happen to use this project in class, please share pictures of your students work here, so we can see all the great things happening in FCS classrooms!


Listen Videos

Often times, as FCS teachers, we have to be out of the classroom because of professional development or FCCLA. I try to find meaningful videos for my students to watch if I need to be gone and they aren’t completing assignments or projects. I watched  all of the Listen Series Videos when they first aired on BYU-TV. They are 25 minute videos that follow the life of a person from the time they are young until they reach young adulthood. Each one is different and has different trials they are faced with. (ALL TRUE STORIES). I found they work great in Human Growth and Development classes and in Family Studies courses when discussing the affects of family and relationships on the lifespan. Below is a link where you can watch the series online. They are also available for purchase, and you would get the complete set of videos. I created a couple of viewing guides for episodes we have watched in class. They are linked below too. Happy Watching!Listen

Listen Series Online

Viewing Assignment Sheets

Listen Series-Simon

Brotherhood. Zeke and Eli

Girl in the Mirror Listen

Family Studies Book Study

I like to add reading into my classes whenever possible. I created this Family Studies Book Study as a supplemental to my course. The students choose a book and complete a book report on it outside of class. I give the assignment to them the first day, and give them reminders about every once in a while until the due date. In some way, I’m hoping to prepare them for college, where they are given all the assignments the first day and have to remember when to turn them in. Anyways, I chose a variety of books that deal with families, relationships, and struggles in growing up to help relate the information we cover in class to something that could possibly interest them. I also give the students the opportunity to choose the book they want if it’s not on the list, they just have to explain why it would relate to class. Because all the students in our school have a reading goal with AR points, I tried to find books they could read that would help them reach their AR goals as well.

Family Studies Book Study

Classroom Tour

I teach Junior High and High School in two career pathways (Family and Community Services and Early Childhood Development and Services) and I am the adviser for FCCLA. We are a small rural town with about 80 students in our high school.

Courses I teach include: 7th grade FCS, 8th grade FCS, Family Studies, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition and Wellness, Career and Life Planning, Foundations to Early Childhood Development, Career and Community Connections, and Early Childhood Applications.

Here are a few pictures of my classroom.


View from my kitchens of my classroom


View from my desk


View from the door into my room


FCCLA Message Board outside my classroom door


View of kitchens from the door