Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching Wednesday! My Classroom

     I follow many blogs from American teachers and have been enviously viewing all your posts as you set up your new classrooms. Unfortunately, not only does school not start here in Manitoba, Canada for over a month yet but I still have one year left in my Bachelor of Education so I don't even have my own classroom yet! :( So I've decided to show you what my dream classroom would be like through some of my favourite pins from Pinterest.

CLASSROOM DESIGN

Pinned from: http://sohouse2home.blogspot.ca/2010/09/all-over-globes.html
I love the idea of globes from the ceiling, especially for a social studies/geography/history classroom!

Pinned from: http://www.schoolgirlstyle.com/2011/09/bird-theme/
I hope to have a classroom design/theme that is consistent throughout the entire room. Not only does it look amazing but it shows how organized and prepared you are!
Melanie at Schoolgirl Style has some great ideas and is hosting a giveaway right now.

Pinned from: http://booky4first.blogspot.ca/2011/05/desks-desks-desks.html?showComment=1305084722184
Even at the High School level I like the idea of having shelves for each group of desks as it eliminates wandering around the room for supplies!

Pinned from: http://dandelionsdragonflies.blogspot.ca/2011/08/finally-my-classroom-reveal.html
I've shown this picture before as it is one of my favourites! My ideal classroom would be super organized and this one has shelving for each group of desks as well.

CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION

Pinned from: http://secondgradestyle.blogspot.ca/2012/07/back-to-school.html
I like the idea of keeping track of where your students are when they are out of the room, especially in High School where student's sometimes tend to "wander" around for quite some time! If it was a white board students could write in the time they left as well.

Pinned from: http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2012/06/organizing-bulletin-board-letters.html
Using a CD case has to be the BEST idea I've ever heard of for organizing classroom bulletin board letters!

Pinned from: http://www.3rdgradethoughts.com/2012/07/monday-made-it-no-name-clip-board.html#.UBnt0qBdQT0
I do not look forward to chasing students down when assignments have no names! I hope something like this near the front door of the classroom can eliminate some of that.

Pinned from:http://dandelionsdragonflies.blogspot.ca/2012/07/answered-questions-and-pinterest.html
Having homework clearly displayed in a consistent space allows students to know exactly what is expected of them. Plus these DIY boards are so cute and can fit into any theme you choose!

WBT ELEMENTS

Pinned from: http://mrs-smithsroom.blogspot.ca/2012/07/my-super-improvers-wall-is-up.html
A Super Improvers Wall like Mrs. Smith's, which I've highlighted before, definitely exemplifies having a consistent classroom theme and being super organized!

Pinned from: http://nstoltenbergwbt.blogspot.ca/2012/07/power-pix-and-core-standards.html
I know wall space always seems to be at a premium in classrooms so having a clearly defined spot for my Power Pix wall is important, especially if I end up teaching multiple classes in a High School.

Pinned from: http://misslwholebrainteaching.blogspot.ca/2012/02/whole-brain-teaching-wednesday.html
The Scoreboard is obviously a very important part of a WBT classroom! I mentioned previously I wanted to get away from the "Teacher vs. Students" label as it didn't seem to be a good fit for me. Since then I've decided that I like the idea of having the scoreboard actually display the reward for the day/class.
Example: "5 questions of homework vs. 3 questions of homework" or "Class ends at regular time vs. Class is out 5 mins early"


Thanks to all the wonderful teachers out there who are willing to blog and pin their ideas, you've provided so much inspiration for so many people. I can't wait until I have my own classroom one day and I can incorporate all of these ideas :)

8 comments:

  1. Lots of cute ideas! I actually did the bird nests with owls this year. I figure I should be able to keep them up at least a few weeks....until the fire marshall comes :)

    Carrie
    The First Grade Derby

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    1. That sounds so cute! I've seen a lot of owl themed stuff lately, it is very popular :)

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  2. Love the bird themed room...I've checked that one out myself a few times. =)
    Bobbie

    The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

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    1. Melanie has amazing stuff! Have you entered her birthday giveaway yet?

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  3. Loved the idea and your imagination. This is exactly how I would have expected my classroom to be. But unfortunately, it was exactly the opposite to this, clutter everywhere.

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    1. Yes wishful thinking is wonderful isn't it!? I'm sure that this vision will change by next year once I actually have my own classroom (hopefully) and I see what is practical and what is not so practical.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I can't wait until next year when I can be posting pictures of my actual classroom :)

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