In a teacher's mind, a classroom can be compared to a masterpiece, as the structure of the classroom is directly correlated to the outcome of the year. If the desks are facing away from each other, it is likely that the students will get out of their seats to go talk to their friends, or in Mrs. Hart's class, if the green card area is adjacent to the quiet study area, it will be a recipe for distraction. This summer I was given the opportunity to help Mrs. Hart organize her classroom to set it up for all of her students. Although I accomplished simple tasks, like moving desks and chairs, I also got my own little say in one of the decorations! Last year, she used a race track to motivate the students (so if the children behaved they got to move closer to the finish line) but she allowed me to build off of that idea and use the border with children holding hands to cheer on the students, so I relocated the race track and added my own personal touches with encouraging chants and positive reinforcement. Although it wasn't much, I was still able to add a little bit of hard work to the masterpiece, and hopefully the encouragement that I created will help the students achieve greater success.
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!