Who would think that room design would take such a predominant role in my school life in the past 48 hours. But it has.
Very early this morning, I met the directive to move all materials from the window area of my classroom so a maintenance activity could be performed. Sadly this came right smack in the middle of my first attempt at the Global Cardboard Challenge--a project that created far more disruptive innovation than I expected, but a project that students have met with wonderful creativity, collaboration, and problem solving.
Anyways, the directive catapulted me into a cleaning, sorting, purging frenzy as I renovated my new classroom by removing several pieces of furniture, lots of books, and other materials. It was a big job, and one that I'm happy is behind me.
Now, however, the next challenge calls me, the challenge to lift the classroom environment to a warm, intellectual, playful learning environment.
What will that take?
Yet another book sort. I'm going to get rid of all, but the most special books. I hope to keep about 200-300 books tops.
Then the STEAM center redo--resorting and organizing the plastic cabinets I have in the room to support students' creative, problem solving/project work.
Then the math center--making sure the math materials are easy to access when students need them.
My coaching corner and the students' organization area need a boost too.
The room is ready for the students and I to work at this next level of room design. I have many students who are very excited to help. I'll enlist their support.
Changing grades is a big job--one that requires lots of revision and change to meet students' needs as well as the curriculum program. Onward.