Getting Ready for the New School Year

my classroom 2016   wonder wall

It’s that time of year again! Time to head back to the classroom and meet my new kids’ crew! I’ll be back in first grade this year, and I am looking forward to seeing their eager faces and hearing about their summer adventures. So here it is! My classroom has bare walls, flexible seating, and a lot of room for the personalities of my students. My classroom offers tables at low middle and standing height, it has different types of seating from pillows on the floor to crates covered with cushions, to Hokki stools and chairs that rock slightly when you sit in them. There are covered benches for reading together and giant bean bags to lounge in the cozy corner. There is a Wonder Wall, full of great books right now, but waiting to be filled with all of the things the kids wonder about.

We will spend the next few weeks getting to know each other, and finding out how we need to work together in our learning space. Together, we will create our learning community, adding to it the artwork and messages we want in our classroom. This happens with structure and routine. We will most likely redesign the space a few times throughout the year, once we know how we learn best and what my learners need to be successful. We will have many chats at our Town Hall meetings each morning about our learning community.

There is so much more than the environment to build a learning community in our classroom. We will begin this week by looking at how we are connected, and finding how we are all alike, and how we are different. We will read books by Kevin Henkes to learn about getting along with others, and we will also use the book Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy by Bernadette Russell to help us work on compassion and kindness in the classroom.

I hope that my students are as excited as I am to come to school!

There is so much to do , and  I can’t wait to get started!

 

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