Welcome back to the book study! Today we will be chatting about chapters of 3 and 4 of Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller.
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Chapters 3 & 4
At my last school, we did not have a book room for guided reading books. Each teacher had a set of leveled books in their classrooms that were for their grade level only. Some teachers did borrow books from each other, but because there were not a lot of titles for each level, it was hard to do that. The reality was that in many classrooms students who read above grade level were reading books that were too easy and students who read below level were struggling through books that were too hard. I ended up subscribing to Reading A-Z and making my own set of below level readers and used all my Scholastic bonus points to buy novel sets for my above readers. At my ideal school, there would be a book room where all teachers took the responsibility to keep clean and organized in order to be able to share titles to teach the wide ranges of readers in our classrooms.
- With my large rug, I feel that shows that I value classroom community.
- Students can work either at the large carpet, at their table groups, on a small carpet, at a rectangle table, or even with pillows. This shows that I provide options for students to work in large groups, small groups, partners, and alone.
- My student desks are in groups to promote collaboration. Student supplies are in their desks. There is also a tall shelf for book boxes and reading materials.
- There is a small writing center with stamps and different kinds of paper. The math area is in a closet where the children have access to the math center supplies, extra dice and money pieces, and other manipulatives. The science stuff is all put away and I bring it out as we are learning certain concepts. I wish I had more room for it to be out, but I don’t.
- My books are in shelves along the large carpet area. It made more sense for them to be in one spot so they would be easier to find.
- I have 2 classroom computers with math game CD-ROMs in them. They do not hook up to the Internet. I also have an iPad that small groups use.
- I got rid of my teacher desk last year and couldn’t be happier about the decision.
- I have painted bulletin boards in the past and I really loved it. But in my old classroom, I used black sheets to cover my bulletin boards and I loved it even more! Everything that I put up popped off the black background and the staples left no marks at all!
- I also painted my bookshelves black so that my colorful book bins and books would pop. I didn’t want people to walk in and see color and patterns; I wanted them to see student work and tons of books!
- To fix the trash cans, instead of replacing, I would spray paint them! As well as filing cabinets. Spray paint is my best friend when it comes to the classroom. It’s cheap and makes such an impact. Make sure to look up some YouTube videos so you learn the proper technique.
- Whenever I got rid of furniture, I either sent out an email to the whole staff, or I put it outside my room with a note that said “FREE”. Someone always picked it up!
- I’m lucky that I didn’t have a harsh fire marshal when it came to rugs, pillows, and hanging from the ceiling.
- I made an Amazon list last year for the classroom and shared it with parents. No one bought anything for the class, but we also didn’t have a PTA and parents were not very involved in the classrooms. I hope that this would change as a new PTA-type group just started up.
- Be a better list maker
- Use my planner more so I don’t have to worry about meetings, etc.
- Get a desktop planner