Everything is worth a second glance.
How can I make our class more inviting?
How can I make the seating more comfortable?
How can I encourage independent, pair, group work, and whole-class discussions?
How can I encourage more student interest in my particular subject in this room?
How can I help other staff feel comfortable using my room?
How can I make my room not just about reading and writing, since other teachers use this room?
How can I give the resource teacher room for her supplies for when she’s using the room for her class?
How can I share classroom supplies with these teachers who use this room?
How can I share classroom supplies with students - without having them ask me about them every day?
How can I share our agenda, classwork, assignments, project dates, reflections, and class celebrations with students… and also with parents?
What message do I send to students the first five days of class?
How can I let students know they matter to me?
How can I learn who these students are so that I can better teach each one?
How can I encourage risk taking so students put forth effort and become empowered?
How can I encourage each child to share and then collaborate with each other?
5 Simple Steps to Write a Professional Mission Statement - Jessica Balsley
8 Tips for Communicating with Parents Using Email - Alice Keeler
25 Bulletin Boards You Can Keep Up All Year - Laura Candler
Bigger Dreamer Music - Music for Class Instruction
Deskless Tribe - Christina Dismuke
Flexible Seating in Middle School by Laura Bradley, along with a Photo Essay (How to)!
Flexible Seating Student-Centered Classroom - Kayla Delzer
Matera, M. (2015). Explore like a pirate: Engage, enrich, and elevate your learners with gamification and game-inspired course design. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting.
Here's a Crazy Idea: Let Students Go to the Bathroom! - Shanna Peeples
Innovative Learning Spaces Playlist - Edutopia
Kids Deserve It! - Todd Nesloney & Adam Welcome
More Than 40 Examples of Classroom & School Blogs - Richard Byrne
Music as a Teaching Tool - Maria Alegria
OUR Classroom - Alana Stanton
The Physical Environment of Classrooms - Mark Phillips
The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home - Elena Aguilar
Student-Created Newsletters - Justin Birckbichler
Three Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floor, and Walls - Ben Johnson
Why I Hate Classroom Themes - Emily Fintelman
Why You Teach: Developing a Teacher Mission Statement - Grant Wiggins
Reflection & Call to Action
What does your classroom look like to the students? Go ahead, sit in various parts of the room, and imagine being in that spot for awhile. Heck - sit in OTHER classrooms, too. What do you notice about the physical look of the place? What would... distract you? ...lure you? ...welcome you?
How could you change your classroom environment to be more welcoming?
What do you call your room? If you believe your room is not really YOUR room, how can you make the name of your room more appealing to your students?
How could you promote collaboration among students during the first five days? Research the #1st5days hashtag or LiveBinder (tinyurl.com/Shift1st5days) and jot down five ideas you’d like to try.
How will you let students know you value their opinion during the first five days, and throughout the rest of the school year?
Attendance Questions - Judi Holst
10 Ways Music Makes Your Class Rock
- Brian Durst