So, one of the women at the pane last week said we (teachers to be) should totally imagine our classroom, so that if we start right before the school year we don’t have to panic over what it looks like and basic systems. Here’s what I’ve got.
I think desks grouped in fours for sure. Hopefully they will have storage in them, but have students understand they’ll move desks over the course of the semester — For working groups, and skill groups, and whatever.
I like K’s idea of having students correct each other’s homework. I’ll circulate while It’s happening to confirm, but then I don’t have to correct it. I will definitely frame homework as a way to practice skills, a tool, thing.
However, I will need to collect some of their work and drafts of projects so I’m going to want a basket. Not on my desk, because that means students may approach during other conferences, which I don’t want. So, maybe in the corner of a room.
I really like the hanging file folder system where each folder is a different status (I could teach it/I get it/I kinda get it/HALP, or Ready to present, finishing up, writing, drafting), but I’m not sure how I’ll use it.
I want a teacher library in a reading nook with some books featured. The featured books will change with my units.
There will definitely be one or two animal tanks!
I’m not sure if older kids will respond to a behavior chart, but I’m gonna give it a try — brown or black is gonna be the best color through, and red the worst.
One bulletin board for key words (ELA) one for math, and one for the core/theme unit.
Definitely 2-3 posters on the wall of art. Hopefully a small bulletin board of postcards and etc. with images from art and places and people all over the world.
Yes, absolutely, the students need mailboxes. They will be for things going to them — their work, school notes, etc. But, the boxes should be small.