My superintendent wanders into my classroom a lot before school actually begins — because he knows, each time he wanders in, the room setup will probably be different. And my previous principal always knew that each time she came in, to not be surprised if the room had changed. I have already warned my new principal not to get to comfy with my room set up — because everything is movable.
It’s not that I move desks/tables/cozy area every week — but probably about 6 times a year, the room changes just a bit. Sometimes because of necessity — we need room for DOT DAY and ROBOTS and sometimes just to keep things from getting boring.
So, I thought it might be interesting to wander through some old photos to see my room — from when I first started teaching in 2013 until now.
Here is how I inherited the room. Notice the tables are 4 stations long and students are only one one side. Also, there are towers and flat screens and a round table for the ipads. And I sigh at the bulletin boards. But I also found out about a week before school started that I was teaching.
The next year, when IT decided to bring in laptops, I decided to resize the tables down to 3 sections on each side of the tables, paint one wall green…..and tried different layouts of the room.
And we moved to this setup.
Which we can also move so they are flat against the wall — or wherever we wish (for instance, pushing 2 together to make a larger working area for groups)
My desk bounced from the left of the room to the right to the left to the right. From a white desk (like students) to a smaller brown desk and then back again.
Then this year, we added new wood flooring, we removed the back cabinet, we moved in a nice teacher desk (that is much more than just a desk), added a green book shelf for maker’s fair/robots, and moved stuff off the sink counter (to eliminate my clutter)
Teacher Desk (stuffed animals, speakers, gifts from students, Dash is there for now, but he will move soon, etc)
….who knows what will happen in the next day or so.
So, that, is the journey (so far) of a classroom.