My Classroom is My Canvas...
I love making my classroom a place students love to be. A place they feel like reflects them, encourages them to learn, and gives everyone who enters positive energy. I couldn't live without my classroom being highly organized! Color, cozyness, and organization are musts for me!
Social-emotional learning is one of the best uses of physical space in my opinion because all students can benefit from it all year long! The students come up with categories and we label our buckets. They can fill out "bucket-filling" slips for each other and place them into the bucket they feel it fits best. When we have a spare moment, we pull out a slip and read it to the class. This helps promote student-to-student praise... and they love it!
This section of my classroom library is organized by genres and are leveled within the baskets.
I gave my filing cabinet a quick makeover! I cut strips of contact paper, made labels, and tied stiff ribbon to the handles. Totally worth it!
This back wall of my classroom has my whiteboards. It is on the same wall as my window, so I added curtains. I write learning targets on the board. To the right of the board, we have our "Leader Board." Every child has a job--They become the leader of that role in our classroom and keep the job for several weeks at time. I get those tiny clothes bins and hot glue a laminated picture of them to the clothes pin. Pictures are more fun than names! I hang our Anchor Charts across the top of the board.