I have spent more time at school this past week then I did when school was still in session... Thanks to my wonderful in-laws (I know, many people cannot say that), I have been able to make the move to my new classroom. I had to clean out the previous classroom and keep what I wanted. I unloaded about 7 dumpsters the past few days. Here are a few pics. Right now, I am at the point of putting away my classroom supplies that I moved from my other room. Once that is finished, the custodians can clean my room and then I will be able to start setting up.
This is my son Trever. He decided to fracture and dislocate his elbow last week. Ugghhh...
Behind the desk, this picture turned out pretty dark.
I have been a
little LOT overwhelmed! But, I am getting it all organized. Thank goodness I was following Jodi over at Clutter-free Classroom this year and cleaned out much of my classroom. I was easily able to pack up my belongings without much hassle of trying to figure out what to keep and what to toss.
I will keep you posted on how my room is coming along. Even with all of this, I have been already trying to figure out how I want to set up my room. I have decided that I NEED the expertise of all of my cyber friends out there. There are thousands of talented teachers out there that I would LOVE to hear how you do different things. I am interested to learn what works for you with centers, writing workshop, guided reading, classroom management, and MANY MANY other things.
Here is my plan! I want to set up a linky party once a week through the summer. I am going to post a new topic each week and do a little research myself. I will share some fun ideas that I find from other bloggers and Pinterest. I would love to have other bloggers share on their blogs what they do and what works in their classroom as well as have teachers (without blogs) share their ideas in the comments section. So, to start... I want to know how you run your center time. Here are some questions that you can think about to help me (and others) out:)
1. How long do you do centers each day?
2. How many centers do you do in a day?
3. Do you let the students choose or do you require them to do certain ones?
4. Do you group the children by ability or do you spread them out?
5. Do you use a pocket chart or other visual so the students know where to go?
6. Do you time your centers or do the students switch on their own?
7. Do you have students do "worksheets" so that they are accountable for their work?
8. What centers do you do consistently each week? What are some that you change?
Here are some fun set ups that I found!
I would LOVE for you to either link up from a blog OR post you greatest suggestions in the comments! Thank you so much- teachers are the best at sharing their ideas!