Photos of my classroom

So I got into the classroom last week to get things organised and arrange some stuff. 

I got about 15 minutes into it and I wanted to cry! I had to make LOTS more mess before I could make it look any better. 

The room still had lots of things in it that didn’t belong to me, or resources that could have been mine but I wasn’t sure. Turns out that the resources were all for me to use, but needed a bit of tidying up.

There was also no one that I could hear around the school. It felt very eerie and strange. I tried a bit of music for background noise but it was still far too quiet for me to feel comfortable and ‘at home’, so truth be told I left much earlier than what I should have in order to achieve everything. 

These are the photos of the room before my final tidy up this week, but I am pretty happy with it all. There are still a few things on my to-do list that need to be done to be put up in the room also. 

ImageThese are where I am asking the children to keep rubbers, glue, scissors and pencils. Image

 

Desk organisation, credited to http://littlelovelyleaders.blogspot.ch/2012/08/classroom-complete.html

I like the idea of organising the ‘horse shoe’ groups so that I can physically ‘reach’ each child if need be. My classroom also doesn’t have any ‘jellybean’ or ‘kidney’ tables for guided reading so this ensures I can take guided reading groups also. ImageImageImage

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I love this, as even at a young age, my students will take responsibility of their learning and discuss their learning. 

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Classroom organisation

So my focus has shifted a little to the organisation of our classroom. This did arise from thoughts about the first day of school. To be truthful I didn’t get too far, as I stumbled across the school supplies list that will be at each child’s desk. Once I saw that, I started to consider how the supplies and resources will be organised. 

 

I stumbled across this blog, which has great ideas about classroom organisation. The colour coded baskets this teacher has are a great idea and I love them. It also fits quite well with the fact that the children are coming from Prep, and will not have had much experience in having their own resources to be responsible for. If I can ease the children into this slowly, by giving them a group basket to be responsible for, it should work quite nicely. 

 

I am considering making  one child each week responsible for counting all materials so that they are kept track of and that the ‘responsibility’ aspect of having personal items is established fairly quickly. I am thinking of linking the leaders into the weekly job chart.

I apologise if it seems I am ‘thinking out aloud’ a little too much, but this is the beginning of my journey at I’ve not had to do any of this for myself before! I’ve never been in a Year One Classroom! If you have any suggestions or tips please let me know! 

Jemma 🙂