At the beginning of the year (ok, really at the end of summer), I walk into school with high hopes and lots of great ideas for putting my room back together. Usually, this is a pretty quick(ish) job, because I start wherever I left off with my room plan from the previous year. This past year that meant reusing the room zones that my first graders had worked out with the help of our 4th grade friends in Rm. 215 (see the room tour here).
But…this year is not just a “regular” starting over. This time I’m starting over in a new room! This is an exciting idea, but does come with some problems, or at least it means I will have to do some problem-solving as I figure out how to use the brand new (huge!) space in the way that makes the most sense for myself and my kiddos. What? You want to help me? SURE!! I love to hear ideas from others about spaces and would love to know how YOU would fill/arrange this space. Lucky for you I took a video of it when I was there today. Here’s what it looks like:
And yes, I realize it is SUPER annoying that this video is taken vertically. Sorry. I forgot. 😦
As you give suggestions, here are some non-negiotiables:
- space to read
- space to meet together (big rug space)
- space to build (we have big blocks, lots of Legos and recyclables)
- space to be quiet (alone or with others, but no talking)
- space to be messy (usually I put this by the sink, but I guess that could change)
- space for 20 kids to work, but not necessarily at a table (flexible seating is great)
- spaces to work with a group
- spaces to work with just a partner
- space for our Tower Garden, an aquarium and hopefully a sand/water table
Teachers: What would you do with this space? Where would you put the necessary areas/zones within the space? What do you have in your classroom that I didn’t mention or that you think is great for kids’ learning? What did I forget on my list?
Parents and Students: What would you like to see in our learning space? What spaces would you like to add that I didn’t mention? What would make you feel comfortable, creative and confident in your learning space?
Ok. Here we go–it’s your turn! Start your suggestions now. Can’t wait to see what you have to say!! 🙂