Spent the past week setting up my classroom. This morning, I was in the class working for another 4 hours, making photocopies and preparing for the upcoming week. It isn’t fully done yet, as I haven’t put up posters yet, but I thought I’d post a few pictures for now.
Below: Used patterned masking tape on the chalkboard. I use the blocks to write announcements or goals for each class. I have four classes this year. I also put up my backwards clock, which drives the kids a bit nuts!
Below: Haven’t fully figured out how to set up my shelves yet, but I have put numbers on all the textbooks.In my first year, I found that many students would not put their books away. Last year, each student will have a specific text assigned to him/her. This system meant that each student felt more responsible for the book and would put it back, rather than leaving them on the desks.
Below: Students in the north do not carry their own supplies. Most of them don’t even have backpacks. Therefore, having a full kit helps us get down to work right away. The number on each calculator and pencil case is the same number as the one on the textbook. I have called these numbers “secret math ninja codes.”
Below: Math ninjas get thirsty too! A glass jug and hockey-themed plastic cup to quench the thirst.
Below: Supplies! Gluesticks, scissors, highlighters, rulers, pencil crayons, whiteboards with Cartesian planes … all of these are staples in a hands-on math classroom. The black draws on the side hold geoboards, foam tiles for integers, spinning dials for probability and of course, giant foam dice. I also have a giant reknrek. As I’ve not taught primary grades, I still don’t really know how to use this yet …
Below: The shelf behind the teacher’s desk. I misplace my keys a lot, so I like to have a place to hang them. There is a lot of reading I have to catch up on … I haven’t finished my Jo Boaler book yet!
Below: Taylor Mali is well-known for a speech he gave in 2003 called “What Teachers Make” (YouTube). Watch it if you haven’t already. I love the gamut of emotions this sends through my body. Every. Time. I. Watch. It. Thank you, to my wonderful sister, who gifted this to me a couple of years ago. I didn’t have the chance to frame it when I was in Toronto, but wanted to make sure that this sits behind my desk for daily inspiration.