In order for me to rest my mind during our vacation--taking care of mother in law during surgery maybe but mostly checking on her health. That run on sentence really shows my present state of mind.
So I actually feel more myself in my classroom. Here are a few pics I took with my phone today. Not the greatest $1000 view. Not crisp. Not quality. But you have to admit that they are pictures.
This is the view from the doorway. I changed the set of desks to five groups of desks with four kids in each group. (I learned something new from inservice/workshop today that I intend on trying. I plan to make a freebie and will share--while on my vacation that really isn't a vacation. But you already know that!)
This is the view I will see quite a bit! It is from the front of the room next to the whiteboard/Smartboard which is a whiteboard with projector with SmartSlate. Another run on sentence but it will suffice! I am proud to have it! These are the three groups of desks on my middle/right.
My view looking toward the two groups on my left.
This is looking toward the front of the room. My chart stand/reading area where I display our anchor charts.
This is looking toward the front of the class/Smartboard area. I have my desk in the front and I use it only to place my lesson plans, Thirty-One basket with files for daily activities/work, and the SmartSlate. I sit in the chair to use the remote for displaying. Above the board I have two word walls. I need to take the words down but the words above are the Dolch words and the math words are below the alphabet.
You can move a little and see my desk, mailboxes, and classroom door. The two metal cabinets show the rules and behavior clip chart.
My board surrounded by dotted border and lights above.
The student computers are placed in front of our long bulletin board. I covered it with fabric (which looks wrinkled but once it is full of "stuff" it will be fine. I think. Maybe. Oh--well, it will do!
My first board is when the kids make their faces and hold their favorite books. See the ones from last year. The kids begged to take them home but I enjoyed looking at them. I delayed. I hedged. I followed Reading With Meaning. But...finally...I caved and let them take them home. (Wonder how many are still living and not in the trash?)
So. good-bye. Off to Florida. Vacation or not!