I spent a few hours at school tossing and tossing old stuff. When I get in a cleaning mood I get in a throw it out mind-set.
Since our district is moving to a literacy based concept I tossed all our old reading series files.
Do you see the leveled readers below this bulletin board? I pulled them out of the display boxes and saved them. I do plan to use them in guided reading so I didn't toss those!
The new, cleaned off area:
I pulled out my little storage "benches" that Mr. Spouse built and placed those at the end of the desks.
The baskets go inside their desks to hold various items so that I can't see the
orderly disarray inside. (Picture hidden unfinished work that I couldn't possibly know that is missing?)
I'm thinking of displaying our common core standards (I Can statements) that are required to show that I indeed am a Tennessee teacher who is going to be evaluated on said standards. I really need to have them close to our meeting area.
I did have half of the student book baskets stored in this area but since I may use those little storage benches near their desks I have placed the science area/journals there. I will move all my non-fiction book baskets to this bookcase. The ones pictured in the blue baskets are actually author studies and chapter books. Above the area is my Daily 5 choice pocket charts. I'm a little undecided as to how those will go with our new "balanced literacy" reading/writing workshops. I am more of a Reading Workshop person than a Daily 5 so I
sort of made my own way to combine both.
Well, this week I have three days of Common Core training.