Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Classroom Tour!

Can you believe it? School starts in less than a week! I know some students get a little anxious before school starts. It is a new year, in a new school, with a new teacher and new classmates. There is no need to worry, I know this is going to be great year for all! I thought it might ease first day jitters if I gave a brief tour of our classroom.

We are a nut free classroom!

View from the doorway. 
Every classroom in Miller has a TV to watch the morning weather broadcast. When you are in 5th grade you will have the opportunity to be a part of Weather Club, which produces the school wide broadcast.

Directly next to the doorway we have the "Did you know?" fact of the day. This is where I post a fun or unusual fact. For example, did you know "time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language?

Next to the doorway we have our sink and water fountain.
Each student has a mailbox that they will check daily for homework and important notices. Two students will be in charge of passing out the mail as their classroom job.
We also have buckets with extra supplies for each group.

Next to the supplies and sink is the Wow Wall! Each student has a chart where they earn WOW stamps towards a prize. Wow stamps can be earned by doing extra work (Wow Work). Each student will have a folder with Wow Work that is meant to appropriately challenge them. Wow stamps can also be earned through answering a Wow question during whole class discussions/lessons. Also, just being a kind and helpful classmate can earn you a Wow stamp!

At the back of the room we have a table for small group instruction. I meet with each student several times a week in small reading, writing, and math groups. Most students I meet with on a daily basis. This is also a spot where any student can join a small group for extra help during math.
We have 4 classroom computers.
Above the computers are magnets. Each student has a magnet to show off their outstanding work!

Students from my class last year wrote letters welcoming this year's students.

The executive office is a desk at the back of the classroom where students can choose to work. Any student can choose to work in this distraction free spot during independent work time.

We have a great classroom library! Thanks to DonorsChoose, we are expecting a delivery of over 50 brand new books during the first couple weeks of school! Students are allowed to borrow one classroom library book at a time. We have a sign out system to help keep from any books getting lost.
Sometimes we do lessons on the rug for a change of scenery.
Clipboards are available for students who want to sit on the rug and work during independent working time.

 At the front of the classroom we have a projector and document camera.
The daily schedule is always posted on the far right side of the board.
I also post the daily homework and important things to remember next to the schedule.
Objectives for each lesson are posted on the far left side of the board.

 Our class is all ready for the 2015-2016 school year. All it is missing is YOU!

Students, I can't wait to meet you on Tuesday! Parents, I am excited to meet you at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 8th!

Enjoy the last few days of summer!