- Twitter Board: I found dry-erase sentence strips at a teacher store and taped them to my door. As students enter, or leave, my classroom each day, I will ask them to "tweet" about a variety of things: their learning from the morning, their lunchroom conversations, their learning in the class period, questions, etc. I think it'll be really fun.
- Classroom Library: I reorganized my classroom library and book area to create a place for students to go talk about reading and writing. Here, students can find a book of interest and sit to read independently.
- Partner Area: I created a "partner spot" for learning where students are free to go and talk about writing or reading. They must sign-in and explain where evidence of their learning is taking place.
- Student Area: I used to do this as a classroom teacher each year, but I never kept it going with small groups. This year, I created clear routines and a specific area to access materials and complete simple management tasks: pencil sharpening, extra papers, unsharpened/sharpened pencils and writing utensils, storing materials and notebooks, etc.
- Facebook Profile Bulletin Board: I am going to take pictures of my students and ask them to create a profile for the bulletin board. I'm excited to hear how they define themselves. As I created my own profile for this blog, I thought long and hard about how I explain my life in few words. I hope they do, too.
I hope to post some pictures soon of students using these areas with excitement and enthusiasm! I hope. :)