Ch... Ch... Changes & Room Pictures

Here's a quick peek into my insanely genius idea to promote talking in my classroom.

Before I share - I should tell you that I made a HUGE grade level change this year!

Now, the funny thing is (as you know) I only taught one week of this school year because of my premature delivery.

So in my heart and brain, second grade is alive and well - thriving in fact! I'm brainstorming several great new products and working on them as we speak... 

Pro is that a very cute and sweet baby sleeping on you gives you an excuse to work on the computer all day.

Con is that said baby often is pesky and requires food in form of milk.

Result is higher than normal interruptions.

But as I sit here today making plans and resolutions for the new year, I want to share with you how I intended to structure my room in...

Yes friends! You read that right. 

I left my heart in second grade, but I'm bring my sparkle to sixth!

It's quite a jump, but I've been excited to make the change. You might remember me promising some big news a while back. Well this is it! (And it's crazy to think about how just days after I posted that, my life went topsy-turvy!)

But don't worry! My second grade addiction won't wane so easily so you can still check in to see some of my brightest second grade ideas on here. 

For now, I'd like to share how I structured my room to promote scholarly discussions. 

My biggest challenge was, "How do I provide a place for these huge children to gather for authentic discussions?" 

In second grade, gathering kids on the carpet was easy.  They sat on the floor, and the fit nicely in a compact area.  Sixth grade... not so much.  

But I don't want them at their desks, all spread out.  I wanted the intimacy of close, circle discussions but I also wanted them to have chairs so they didn't feel like I was babying them.

Here was my solution - push the desks to the outer edge of the room and leave a big space in the middle:





For the *ahem* week that I used this system, it was fabulous.  I sometimes had them gather in a circle and other times had them gather in a clump.  We were working on when to do what - math clump, reading circle. 

I can't wait to get back into my room and continue to build on this! I'll let you know how it goes!

Do you have any tricks for gathering the big kids?




2 comments

  1. OMG those kids are going to LOVE you! Your room looks incredible and we know you will be Auh-mazing!!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  2. Is that hot pink paper on your walls? It looks great!! I can't wait to hear more about how 6th grade is when you get back into the classroom!!

    Molly

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