While I'm almost done for the semester, D and the kids are getting ready to head back to school. A big change this year is D is moving not only schools, but school districts. He gave up tenure, which is a very scary thing, to be at a school further from home, but one that will hopefully not give him so much stress.
That also means he has to set up his classroom in a new school for the first time in six years. He has a lot of ... stuff...
I love him and he is a great teacher, but his classroom before was a bit much. Posters...everywhere...even things hanging down from the ceiling. I found it to be scattered and well...over stimulating. Less is more!
After all my "suggestions" and pinning ideas for him he very graciously agreed to let me take over the classroom decorating.
The first thing I introduced him to was Washi Tape. And I had to reassure him that it was perfectly fine to go on the white board.
I really love how the blue just pops off the black butcher paper. I wanted to use purple, but ... well, he had to draw the line at "girly" colors...
This is the only dry erase board he has in the room. It is at the front right next to his SmartBoard.
The desks are set up in a horseshoe shape, a configuration D said he'd "try" just to humor me. I really believe he's going to like it. He can do a quick round of the students and be just a few steps from anyone needing help as he teaches from the middle.
Anything to get him out of the traditional "rows of seats" mindset. He completely nixed the "E" configuration. At least with this, he can group the kids together a bit easier.
I'm sure I won't think this is as much fun once I have my own classroom. For now, it's great to have his to practice on!
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