One of my favorite blogs has provided a bunch of organization inspiration over the last year. A girl after my own heart!
I am always on a quest to make my walls simple and student directed, however having a workshop format has loaded my room down with TONS of anchor charts and it's a constant battle. I only want to keep up what is current and being used every day by my students. Inspired by this week's Clutter-Free challenge, I took some photos of my current walls. I'm trying not to cringe as I actually see what I live with every day!
This is my favorite wall- I finally got back to this side of the building and LOVE my view. Cheesy, but it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest- very Twilight-ish when it rains :)
So, I have a few thoughts for next year:
- I really like the blue paper on everything. I think this will stay the same.
- The word wall is too high on those cabinets. I'll move that over to the big bulletin board at the back of the room (over the built-in cabinet/ counter. That way, when they write the room or are using it in writers workshop, they will have a surface to write on. Also- they won't hurt their little necks :)
- I don't know if I made good use out of our Bucket Filler board. I'm wondering if I should put the pockets on their lockers instead of name tags to keep the concept in the forefront of their minds.
- I like my math/calendar area. I think the rest of the board will be a permanent home for the current readers and writers workshop anchor charts for the unit.
- I REALLY want my windows bare, or at least to just have student seasonal artwork along the laundry line. I'm conflicted, because my students do use those charts (as I put them up and rotate them) throughout the day.
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I would change the colors to match my blue and green. I take a photo of everyone on the first day, so I can have this prepped ahead of time and just add the photos after school.