I love getting ideas from other classrooms!
Here are few of mine. I hope you find something helpful.
This last week I moved desks around. I have traditionally had my desks in clusters of 4, but I wanted to try something I used from my days in 2nd grade. I love this current desk arrangement because I can conduct whole group lessons and see everyone at the same time (and they can see me). I move around the “world carpet” and support students where I need to. This is great when they have pencil/paper task. I still conduct my mini-lessons with students sitting on the “rainbow carpet.”
Here is another view. It is also easier when I hold writing conferences because I just move about the “u” and it is a huge time saver.
We now have a HUGE area where students can go to work at during station time. They love the world carpet and I love that I can see them better from my group table.
I made pockets for the students to put their writing folders in. They are simply file folders (legal size) and duct tape. Having these at their finger tips is another time saver. They also seem to use their personal word wall more.
I used green masking tape to create a boundary and the students use this to keep their desks in line. I no longer have the slow migration across the room.
The other tip I have to share is my indoor recess shelf. Have you been having crazy weather?
This week I created a “check out” system. Students pull the number off and place it by their name. I attached the removable numbers with Velco. It took me just minutes to set this up!
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