|My happy helper with his sippy cup. This is the view from the doorway. We're missing a loveseat facing the windows that's still in my parents' garage. Oh, and a 30 gallon fish tank.|
|Looking to your left from the doorway. Kids are in small groups, and each group will have a jar of colored pencils, markers, etc. at their table/group of desks. I like the old jar look--kind of vintage (and inexpensive).|
|Mmm...Etsy is great.|
|Rugs--Ikea. Pretty cheap. Or at least cheaper than any other rugs I found around here!|
|The kids will do a lot of work at "my" desk, scanning, Blogging, Tweeting on Twitter...I never sit there anyway.|
So...here's a little info. This is the first time in seven years I have been in one place for two whole years in a row doing the exact same thing and I need to change my setup since I am not changing rooms again. Yay!
What I'm hoping this kind of setup says to my students is that they can be creative, collaborative, and decide what and how they learn best. I'm not in charge of their learning. They're doing and being and that's enough...I trust them.
This is the bare bones, most basic, preliminary setup of my classroom. It will change based on the needs of my students, but here it is!