Having viewed a few ideas over the holidays, I spent the first day back, after all the initial meetings and sessions, getting my classroom sorted. Can’t go in during the holidays with my boys, so got all prepared, ready to staple when I got in. As a job share, we both have things we’d like on the walls, so just happily staple around each other!
I love being able to display students work. This year, I’ll be doing my best to display work which has shown an excellent effort and attitude in completing it. To make it easier, I nicked the idea of bulldog clips, pinned in, so I can quickly clip work onto the board. I saw this idea from a post on twitter – next is to write down who posted these ideas so I can credit them for it.
The next one I nicked from @just_maths. There’s a big emphasis on independence this year, so liked Just Math’s way of making it clear the steps to take before asking me! You can just see my Fraction, Decimal and percentage equivalents hanging in the background, in the hope that the more the pupils see the more common equivalents, the more it will sink in.
“Be Kind, Work Hard” I thought was a quick summary of expectations for the classroom, so displayed above the board to be seen every day! Again, I need to make sure in future I credit others properly, as this was another idea I saw on twitter. The number pencils have been on top of my board since I moved into the classroom!
So with the classroom freshened up, I can now get down to the real job of knowing my pupils and preparing some lessons!
Comments on: "Classroom Sorted" (3)
Mr Collins mentioned using bulldog clips recently http://mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/poundlandpedagogy-ready-for-new-school.html although it could have been someone else’s tweet you saw.
I do like the pride in excellence display. I’d like to have one, or similar. Perhaps a ‘Pride and Progress’ display which will be useful to highlight the feedback conversations, clear notes and self reflections.
I do use the 4 Bs, although am now more inclined to use the 3 before me approach (trying not to highlight the boss part). I think that it can depend upon the students in front of you.
The ‘Be Kind’ and ‘Work Hard’ are good reminders. I’m using the approach demonstrated by Berger more and more, so this fits in well with it. http://elschools.org/student-work/austins-butterfly-drafts
Thanks for the post!
Ah yes, that’s it from MrCollinsmaths. Thank you for adding the link 🙂
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