Monday, September 15, 2014

Classroom Crib

As a reading teacher I see most of my students every other day for 30 minutes. I try to make sure that half of their time with me is spent reading books of their choice. This year I want to add time in for writing as well. So, my room  is set up with lots of books and cozy spots to read and write. There's not much on the walls yet, charts will be added as we make them throughout the year.
Take a look at the Thinglinks for more details.

What do you think? What can I do to improve the room? I welcome your feedback.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Room

Well, this is my fifth year as a reading teacher and I just finished settling into my 3rd room. It was a hard switch since I loved my cozy little room that I've had the past two years. My new room is large but I'm sharing it with another reading teacher. The best perk so far is that we have a full size refrigerator and extra cupboard space so I won't have to make lunches this year. I can just keep my lunch supplies right at school. We have a divider up between our two sections so I feel like it's my own room but I'm still concerned about the noise. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes....

Anyway, I thought I'd show a few pictures of the new set up.
Time for a color change-I went all black.

Science Books-animals, weather, plants....

Once students begin these will be filled with baggies containing books and a book log.

The book rack holds books that go with the modules being used in the classroom.

A few cozy reading spots. 

Teacher Area

A perk-having enough room to set out supplies!

Work table-I gave up my kidney table for this one.

View from corner 1

View from corner 2

View from corner 3

View from corner 4

Special markers will be used to add favorite quotes from books to my desk. 

A favorite reading spot last year

A close up view of a book basket-students designed them a year ago.

I have a CAFE board for each reading group

Got myself organized last June-how long will it last??

Personal photos by my desk helps keep me grounded

Happy New Year!