Maybe you have some challenging puzzles, strategy games, books with logic puzzles, and other fun-yet-educational odds and ends. Consider putting them all in one place and giving the space a name…Brain Gym, The Puzzle Place, Conundrum Corner – you get the idea. By making a Puzzle Place (or whatever you want to call it), you make materials that may have been hidden in a closet,
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Aside from holding up the ceiling, walls can serve several purposes in your classroom. They can help to make the room a warm and inviting space in which kids feel comfortable. They can support learning, and they can show off student work. Here are some ideas for decorating yours: Consider Colors Make your walls colorful. Most teachers use butcher paper, but I’ve also seen wrapping paper
Is this the back of the classroom? The front? Maybe a side wall? Can’t really tell and that is what I like about it. One interesting way to use the back of your classroom is to not really have one. If you can teach from different places around the room, your classroom may not really have a back. However, most classrooms do. So here are
Your students spend a lot of time looking at the front of your classroom, so it is important to make the most of that space. This is valuable real estate, so think carefully about how you want to use it. In most classrooms, the central feature is the whiteboard. If you are one of the lucky few that is blessed with an Interactive White Board
The two main challenges with a classroom library seem to be making it cozy and inviting, yet easily accessible and keeping it organized. Here are some thoughts on both. Make it Inviting Most kids love cozy spaces. Ideally, your class library should be in a corner of your room, away from the door and the sink. A rug is a must. Bean bags, big pillows,
Tristan, Alex, Lucy, and Kayla really needs to sit near the front if you want them to focus. You can’t put Ashley next to any of her friends – which is most of the girls in the class because she will constantly talk to them. No one wants to sit next to Bradley. He is that kid no one likes, and he doesn’t bathe enough.
You know how some classrooms grab your attention as soon as you walk in? You can tell immediately that this is a place where kids are excited about learning, where creativity is welcomed, and where ideas are shared. You probably already have that kind of a classroom,* but you are probably also always on the lookout for new ideas, hence the inspiration for this series.