Back to school... Back to school... (Billy Madison anyone?!)
So... this is what I walked into.
The last few days I have been trying to rearrange and set up my *small* classroom. This is the same classroom I had last year even though nearly every other teacher on staff had their room assignments changed! I would have liked a new room (as mine is about 6 feet smaller than the other rooms-- but I am making the most out of my room.
I acquired a 'new to me' guided reading table and started playing around with my set up.
At this point, it looks like this! (It's not finished yet!)
I have my Math Bin area in a good place... the bins just need to be filled, the containers need to be relabeled, number posters need to be hung and I need to put up the center rotations into my pocket chart.
(maybe it's not "in a good place.")
My guided math and reading table.
The front of my classroom.
Where our good work will be displayed.
Every week we will learn a new poem or song! It will be featured here. The students will also get a poetry folder to hold their copies of the poems and songs!
My Math Meeting Board. (Not quite complete yet!)
My book corner still needs some massive work. A friend of mine is going to hang up the shelves for me and then I'll play around with this area a little more. Also, the book bins still need to be labeled. That is my goal for tomorrow.
This is where I will display our Phonics dance sounds as we learn them!
My word wall gets hung on the back of my "cubbie" cabinet. I, however, use this cabinet to hold my math manipulatives, my guided reading library, curriculum books and some other items!
First, I am thinking of doing away with "student desks." As in, 'this is the only place where you can sit, here is your name tag' kind of seating arrangements. I haven't gotten my head all the way around this idea yet but I'm playing with it. As you can see, there is not a lot of space in my classroom.
I'm toying around with the idea of having the kids have all their personal items in their chair pockets and depending on what we are doing they can either sit where their chair pocket is or choose where they will sit. This will allow for more space in my classroom and students will have the ability to get comfy and sit where they want. (Of course this will be modeled and watching like a hawk.) ;)
Some questions that arise in my head with this are:
What about name tags?
I think I'm just going to laminate them and put them in their chair pockets. The students can then take them out to work. (How does that sound?)
What about when everyone is working at the same time?
There are enough "table spaces" for all of my kids. I am lucky that I can only have 14* students and there are 14 work spots available. (*If enrollment is full) ((You can't see the tables in the pictures I posted.))
What about supplies?
I bought some table supply holders so this should not be a problem.
Can anyone else think of other issues that would arise? Do you do this? How does it work for you??
Also, while I was setting up my classroom I was needing some number posters to hang on my math walls but could not find what I was looking for to save my life. So... I made them. Which means that if you want them, you can have them for free!
I wanted the posters to have the number word, tally mark and coin value. Here's how they came out:
I hope you are all having a great week!!