Friday, August 10, 2012

Evolution of a Classroom-Part 2

I fully intended to post pictures of my room as I went along but my computer crashed, I've been spending a lot of time with the boys and have been working so much at school that I'm just ready to forget about my classroom when I get home.  Rather than post the pictures that I took at the end of each day I figured I'd just skip ahead and post the pictures from the end of the week. 

Here is my computer area and word wall:

Here is a wide shot of my classroom looking from the back of the room towards the front.  That open area is my 'door.' Yes, that is 22 desks that you count.  I'm going to have to hunt down another one (at least)  I know I'm getting one more next week and maybe more, depending on who shows up for open enrollment. 

This is my small group area.  The color words, five-star writing posters, literacy station chart and objectives are on the wall.  

Writing Station:

Our safe place.  Our district uses conscious discipline and this area provides the kids a place to go when they need to clear their head, take a break or cool down

Another wide shot of my room looking from the back to the front but from the other side of the room.

Math focus wall. Still needs a little work but at least it's a start.

My classroom library with good reading strategies posted.  I still need to label my book bins and make my seating-crates but even looking at it now without those things I'm really happy with it.

This is my student work display over the library.  I LOVE it!  The students' names are on the cards with attached hooks to hand their work without tearing up the paper with staples, tape or stick-tack.  I think it turned out so cute and will be very functional.

Other than setting up my stations and a few little details I'm pretty much ready to go.  I'm getting more and more excited the closer it gets.  Next week I'm presenting to our grade level and using my room and another first grade teacher's room (she's been up with me setting up her classroom too) as a model for a literacy rich classroom environment.  I am excited to share my ideas and steal a few from everyone else.  :)

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