I found these pictures the other day and realized that they were from the beginning of this year. I enjoyed looking at how my room started at the beginning of the year. I can look back now and make notes about what worked well and what I ended up changing mid year. Due to my developing interest in blogs and pinterest, I’ve got LOADS of ideas for this coming year. I hope this post helps me to keep track of what I’ve decided to change.
|This bulletin board worked great all year! I was able to use the schedule
and the “secret song” cards were great puzzles for students who were waiting to come into music.
|“cool off spot” and student stash area. My students are often coming to and from lunch or library, so it is nice to have an area for them to stash their stuff.|
|Ultimately this area ended up being my “real” desk. I ended up moving my “real” desk into this corner by October|
|This desk area has become the “student traffic” area. I want to organize it differently, but it has turned out to be the best area for things like recorders and pencils and other student materials.|
|I didn’t end up keeping my chairs there. for very long. This corner still needs lots of work. It’s my “I don’t know” corner. I’m hoping that I’ll be struck by inspiration this summer.|
|This is my “real” desk. Ultimately I put this desk under my computer and then I put a long table in it’s place because I still needed the desk space to work.|
How do you use your centers chart? What does it say?
On the chart there are shapes that are attached by velcro.
On my activeboard, I have flip charts for each class that divide my students into "shape groups". I was able to maintain the shape groups throughout the year for when I did small group acitivites and like it, so I'm looking forward to improving it next year and being able to more fully implement centers. The jobs chart has the same shapes….. I was able to use the jobs chart for longer than than the centers chart because centers are hard when they don't do them every day! I think that now that I've lived with our macbooks for a year I have a better idea of what is realistic. My campus has an "extra block time". I want to have enough "always" centers to be able to do that each time students arrive…. the problem is that I typically end up using that time for "catch up".
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