So this year I am going to try a few new things in my classroom and need some encouragement…
First, I am thinking of doing away with “student desks.” As in, ‘this is the only place where you can sit, here is your name tag’ kind of seating arrangements. I haven’t gotten my head all the way around this idea yet but I’m playing with it. As you can see, there is not a lot of space in my classroom.
I’m toying around with the idea of having the kids have all their personal items in their chair pockets and depending on what we are doing they can either sit where their chair pocket is or choose where they will sit. This will allow for more space in my classroom and students will have the ability to get comfy and sit where they want. (Of course this will be modeled and watching like a hawk.) 😉
Some questions that arise in my head with this are:
What about name tags?
I think I’m just going to laminate them and put them in their chair pockets. The students can then take them out to work. (How does that sound?)
What about when everyone is working at the same time?
There are enough “table spaces” for all of my kids. I am lucky that I can only have 14* students and there are 14 work spots available. (*If enrollment is full) ((You can’t see the tables in the pictures I posted.))
What about supplies?
I bought some table supply holders so this should not be a problem.
Can anyone else think of other issues that would arise? Do you do this? How does it work for you??
Also, while I was setting up my classroom I was needing some number posters to hang on my math walls but could not find what I was looking for to save my life. So… I made them. Which means that if you want them, you can have them for free!
I wanted the posters to have the number word, tally mark and coin value. Here’s how they came out:
If you like them, please leave a comment to let me know! Click <<here>> to download! I think I might make a back to school math bin to go along with these, too!! That might be on my “to do” list for this weekend!
I hope you are all having a great week!!