Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015-2016 Classroom Reveal

The moment everyone's I've been waiting for all summer....my classroom reveal! Hahaha. I have actually been so busy this summer with teaching summer school, tutoring, volunteering, and moving that I haven't had time to think about my classroom until a few weeks ago. I don't have much to say seeing as how I'm pretty much exhausted from the work I put in today. Hopefully the pictures in this post will speak for themselves. Please let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions/questions. I'm looking forward to anther exciting year of teaching 7th grade Language Arts...even if it is in a classroom with no window that's in the front of the school. LOL. :)

Door - Kept it simple this year.



View from the door


2nd view from door


View from back left corner


View from back right corner



Library area - "The Living Room"
I have colored index cards on the bookshelf and students will be able to write book reviews and put them on the board behind the couch.








I haven't labeled these yet, but this is where students will get homework, absent work, and sheets to replenish items in their binder, such as data sheets, reading logs, etc.

Other side of bookshelf...Scrabble, Word With Friends, board games, and Jenga (green crate).



Technology Station

These are two of my personal computers I purchased last year since my school doesn't provide student computers in the classroom. I also have two personal iPods and an iPad that I use in this station.  



Instagram board and a few reference posters

I'm going to let the students bring in pictures to post on the board. I'll start it off with a few pictures from last year.



My desk area






Front white board





Student Supply Station - I label everything. :)




Panoramic views







Let me know what you think! Leave some love below! :) 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stations/Centers In The Middle School Classroom


I received many questions by email, as well as Instagram regarding stations in my 7th grade classroom. First off, they really do work and the students love them! 

Here's the answer to the big question that everyone has: "What does your station schedule look like and how do you have time to do this in 7th grade?!"

I use the Gradual Release Model when teaching my students.


Here's what my actual schedule looks like. CLICK HERE to get the PDF version with implementation notes!



This is how my classroom looks when I set up the stations the day before (Tuesday afternoon).


I use dry erase pouches and markers just  to make it fun and cut down on paper. Instead of making a copy for all 112 students I only need maybe 5-6. I also try to use colored paper because white paper is boring! Put something on colored paper and it's automatically more fun...at least in my opinion. 



Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)