There was a short period of absence, confirming how dull life would be if I wasn't in Education.
I've invited you in to my classroom, to show you things like this, this and this.
And I've even launched my own reading app, selling around the world!
But now, as the year starts all over again, I guess it's tradition to show you around the classroom! As ever, it took a couple of weeks to get ready; throwing tables around, adapting the design based on everything I learnt last year; changing school can be such a breath of fresh air. (I really related to this, by @ThatBoyCanTeach). I learnt a lot, as we always will, in the first year of my new place, and I've changed the classroom accordingly.
So here we go...
Celebrating Success - Last year, I used a whole board for photos; it wasn't a good use of space, but I like the idea. So I'm using the same idea, but smaller. It's accompanied by our School Values, Behaviour System, and a few reminders about What Makes a Good Learner (which we will be modelling in our first few weeks).
The Corner - I'm a big believer, regardless of age, in having a space where you can all sit together. Last year, in trying to achieve that, alongside a comfy area to read in, I created 2 spaces that weren't big enough for either. For this reason, I don't have a 'Book Corner' as such, but still a wide range of texts (purchased by myself over the last few years) that the children can access.
Our school have just purchased these CleverTouch Plus screens, and they are the best thing ever. Essentially a GIANT tablet on the wall, they not only connect to your computer, doing everything the old ones used to do, but they also run off Android - meaning you can use them without a computer as they feature their own web-browser, whiteboard function, and MS Office equivalents. I think I'll do another of these, where I ramble on a bit more!
PS. I know the little whiteboards are gone. We all knew that idea was never going to take off!