06 September 2014

#ReflectiveTeacher Blogging Challenge Day 5: My classroom

Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.

Here's my classroom pre-students. I've got my map up, my mode Translate Commandments up, my mode symbols, a no-longer-inflatable macaw that we never used in last year's skit, and a CocoKrispies box from Mexico (to make them ask if I really paid 31 dollars for it).

You may also notice my beautiful library display carefully arranged across all the back tables. If I had one complaint about my room, it would be that I cannot leave such displays--or technically any displays but what's on the bulletin board for that matter--overnight once college classes begin. If I had two complaints, the second would be the distinct lack of windows: that one you see in the door is it.

I'm pretty happy with my library solution, though:

This way I can pack it up on my cart AND make sure everyone gets to try different books, during our ExploraTextos time and week to week!

So now my classroom looks like this each Thursday:

Still no window, but I've got engaged kids and authentic texts at their finger tips. Technology too--that's a Chromebook cart I wheel in a couple of times in the week back in the back! Also, I'm gradually sneaking more realia onto the map, like the People en Español cover above the CocoKrispies box, and eventually hopefully some photos from my trip to Mexico with my boy.

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