Sunday, September 8, 2013
A Look Inside Our Classroom...
The start of a new school year always brings forth the feelings of excitement, new insights, ideas and possibilities! Designing our classroom environment into a learning space that embraces all of those feelings is something my wonderful DECE, Heidi Theis, and myself were looking to accomplish yet again as we embark on our second year together as a teaching team! This entire process is one that automatically builds in professional reflection, as we began to rethink, repeat, and remove particular elements within our classroom set-up. Even though the mountain of furniture piled together on newly waxed floors was intimidating during the last week of August, we always view the process of setting up our classroom environment as a way for setting the tone for our school year! We want our classroom to elicit the same feelings of excitement, new ideas, wonderings, and endless possibilities within our students, and for them to enter into our classroom each day eager and motivated to learn!
The following pictures capture our learning environment as it was set-up for this 2013-2014 school year!
Over the course of the first week, many exciting things emerged as our students began to feel comfortable and gained familiarity with the materials, learning spaces, and routines within our classroom. From rocket ships and swimming pools being built in our Building & Constructing Area to students recording what they see, think and wonder about the snails in our classroom, we have truly seen our classroom come to life now
that are students are a part of it!
We truly can't wait to see how our students continue to help make this learning environment their own and we look forward to sharing our journey with you!