Whew! I just wrapped up three days of back-to-school workshops this week and I am mentally wiped out! Thankfully I have today off from work so I can pretend that my summer break is still going strong…at least for a few days before it’s back to meetings on Monday! In my school, we have Open House before the first day of school so kids get a chance to meet their teacher and drop off their school supplies. Parents are also blessed with an abundance of forms to fill out and flyers to read. Ha! For me, that means my classroom must be 100% good-to-go on the night of Open House. You’re definitely working under a deadline to get your room ready, but once it’s done you can switch gears and focus on lesson planning. Fortunately, my friend, co-worker, and Lazy River companion helped me get my room done in record time. Take a look at Room 411!
Room 411: The Big Reveal
Here’s the “before” shot of my classroom once the custodians were finished cleaning. I’m lucky that I don’t have to remove every single thing from my walls so that’s at least one thing I don’t have to worry about when it’s time to get the room ready for Open House. Look how shiny my newly waxed floor looks!
Check out my Learning Stations rotation pocket chart. Last year I displayed our station assignments on my Promethean Board using a simple PowerPoint slide. I liked the idea, but I didn’t like having to keep my board turned on during our 90-minute reading block. I found this pocket chart at Really Good Stuff, and simply made my own signs to go with my stations. Once I know what reading groups my students are assigned to (each group has its own color) then I will simply write my students’ names on their clothespins and rotate as needed. I’m not sure how well this idea will work, but I’m going to give it a shot and see what happens. That’s often how I learn best – try it and see!
Here’s my math word wall from Jillian Starr! I went through my math curriculum and aligned her words with those that I had to teach in my district. It was super-easy to make my own word cards for those words not included in her resource that are definitely part of my curriculum.
My reading wall underwent a major upgrade this summer! I’ve included lots of anchor charts for students to refer to as we study text structure, text features, comprehension strategies, and writing evidence-based responses. This was one area that I relied on the wonderful resources created by other “teacher-preneurs” on TpT rather than make my own. Sometimes there ‘s just not enough hours in the day for yet another DIY project.
Ta-dah! Room 411 is ready for another group of 4th-grade students. This year promises to bring its own unique challenges, of course, but I’m optimistic that it will be my best year yet!