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!
It’s that time in the holidays, when, after finally managing to take a complete break, I’m back reading twitter and blogs, mentally preparing for the new year. Very quickly, mentally preparing has become resource preparing.
Last year, I created some learning mats (Basic Learning Map) to aid pupils during their lesson time. I ended up only using them with a lower year 9 group, especially with a couple of pupils who particularly used the 100 square to support their number work. I very quickly wished I’d put a multiplication grid on, as although an advocate for pupils knowing their tables, I also do not want pupils to feel as though they can’t progress in other areas because they don’t know their tables! A blog for another day.
So after coming across Colleen Young’s (Learning Names) idea for name cards, I thought this could be an opportunity to create support aids for pupils which they can keep themselves Name mats. It is initially my year 7 group I have in mind for this, as they are the only group I won’t know, having started our timetable at the end of the Spring Term. The algebra basics comes from a poster created by Mr Williams Maths (Algebra Basics).
The one section outside is left blank for pupil’s to complete with their names, whilst along with the conversions and area formulae, the other section inside I thought pupils could add their own particular ideas that they want to refer to.
I am taking on a Year 11 class this coming year, an extra group that gets created for Year 11 as an extra teacher is put in. They are C/D pupils, so next step may be to create a name learning mat for that group.