I was lucky enough to move into one of the newer, more spacious rooms on our campus this year (yeah, add that to all the stress of learning Common Core and Science over the summer). I teach at a middle school that was an old high school....it does have character with many room having creaky wooden floors, steam radiators for heat, windows that do not open (or close entirely), and very small rooms. Last year I had 28 - 6th graders in my room. We had no room for a small group table, well we didn't even have room to sit on the floor. Any time we needed to do a spread out, work on the floor, movement type activity - we headed to the hallway!
So, to say the least, I am very lucky to have this new to me room even with its bowling alley shape. It has a sink, storage, and plenty of room for all 30 of my student desks. The biggest bonus - no real bulletin boards! Yay me! It is a work in progress, since students arrived this past Monday...adjustments will be made to make it more conducive to active learning. I will be getting a SMARTboard at some point when it arrives - I just hope it doesn't hang out in the room for a couple of months before they get around to hooking it up for our class.
Without further ado - here are some pictures of my room! I tried to make it not quite so prissy, but neat and organized and somewhat color coordinated. So far, it makes me happy!
|Back of room, the only bulletin board type area. Objectives, assignments, etc on that board. Also room to work with small groups.|
|Our dystopian literature circles study - all of our interdisciplinary units are planned around these novels.|
|Scientific Method for science (yes, I teach 2 AIG language arts classes and 2 standard science classes).|
|Nonfiction Text Features reminders - perfect for both language arts and science! These were found through a pinterest score. They were created by Beth Newingham and can be found at her Scholastic Blog. Click on her name to go to her site where you can download them for FREE!|
|The side wall with the storage and door. Also...my most fabulous computer stand/teaching desk. The classroom rules are posted here as well (using an Ikea bar) to create a little artwork on the wall.|