I had the opportunity to go see a school in a different district this afternoon. The staff had a work day, so I didn’t get to see teachers in action, but I did get to see how many of them have their rooms set up and see how they set up their Primary Literacy Folders that follow the students from kindergarten through third grade. What a smart idea. The one kindergarten room where I got the most in-depth tour has a reading loft, an amazing word wall, and organization that would put Martha Stewart to shame (if she was a teacher). The teacher painted three large coffee cans and added some fronds to the top to make her very own Chick-a-Chick-a Boom-Boom tree-since the cans are metal-magnetic letters attach and can “climb” up the tree! So cute! The room is truly another teacher for her students. Her word wall has student names, photos of the students who are “experts” for that letter wearing a very cute letter visor, a book that has a sentence with that letter. She has two different whole group meeting areas, a science area, and has attached short section of vinyl gutter to the wall to display books with the covers facing out. I always find the best ideas when I get to talk to other teachers and see how they use their space. If you ever have the opportunity to go to another school, take it so you can be inspired as well!!
I Love Schools! September 27, 2008