My classroom works really well for me but I am always looking for ways to manage my classroom more effectively.
I obsessively post directions on my whiteboard. My students always know to look for directions for each class.
Word Study time is time for talking. My students organize, categorize and personalize their spelling.
Students show evidence of thinking with their sticky notes and reader’s logbook. They read silently for 30 minutes, each day. They talk about their books with a reading partner for 7 minutes.
I have started using dividers during assessments and I am pretty happy with the results.
Each lesson, each day, the students have assigned buddies. The buddies sit in same assigned seating for the entire year. This really helps with transitions.
Each week, one child receives a neat sheet full of compliments.
Science unit trade books are updated and easy to reach.
Student readers share book recommendations constantly.
Class schedule posted by my desk. I rarely ever stray from the schedule.
I bought this gong while travelling in South Korea. I use it sparingly.
My literacy coach loaned me some mentor texts for the year. They sit by my desk for easy access throughout the year.
My students have ample opportunities to correspond with me.
Our math specialist has teachers post problem solving strategies so that the students can own their thinking.
My anchor charts are not as aesthetically pleasing as I wish. They are updated often throughout the year.
I model notation strategies. I teach kids to write with sticky notes each time they read.
I keep the math problem solutions stored in a folder so that kids can check their answers at their leisure.