You know school is about to start when the aisles at major retail stores look like a tornado just passed through them. Whether it is the clothing section or the supplies section, the smell of school is in the air. As a teacher, I am always running around looking for the latest deals on color pencils, markers, erasers, highlighters, you name it. This is the perfect occasion to stack up.
For teachers, this is also the time to start planning for the new school year and write/update curriculum maps and lesson plans (if it did not happen already throughout the Summer). The truth is that before I became a teacher, I did not know how much time, effort, and money go into getting classrooms ready every year.
If you had the opportunity to read my first post, you will know that this is my first year at a dual-language classroom and with that comes tons of new changes to the way I usually prepare for a new school year. Since this section is titled “La Maestra’s Corner” I thought it would be great to give you an insight into what it takes to get a classroom and class going. I will show you my classroom before pictures, and hopefully the final pictures once the whole project is completed.
Let the journey begin
- Daily schedule. A daily schedule is at the heart of a classroom, so when I could not find schedule cards* that I actually liked in both languages (Spanish and English), I decided to create my own. Those were time consuming for sure, but I am happy at how they turned out (who knew I was a crafty person – I can barely sew a button back!)
- Classroom jobs. I could not do it all without my students’ involvement, after all we are a learning community. This is where my ‘job cards’* come in handy (again, I had to make them since I could not find anything I liked out in the teaching world).
- Book baskets. I try to incorporate as many natural elements into my classroom as possible; therefore, I bring the outside in as much as possible. You will not find many plastic containers in my classroom, but rather baskets…tons of baskets. Books will go in them according to the reading level of each book.
This is just a brief summary of what I have been up to. As you can see, my classroom is pretty plain at this time. Yet, I am excited for what the after will look like. After all, I spend more time in my classroom than what I spend at home sometimes…so I feel better making it ‘feel’ like home.
*As a gift to my SB readers, both the schedule cards and job cards will be available at my teacher store for FREE for the first 24 hours (all day Wednesday 7/31). Enjoy!
Until Part II.