As I set up the new room, I want to do as much of the following as possible:
- Store student tools and resources in easy-to-access and easy-to-put away places (everything in its place and a place for everything)
- Purchase common supply caddies to place on each table.
- Create a "sunlight lab area" near the windows--this is a good place to watch plants grow, let water evaporate, and more.
- Place math/science books in a specific, easy to access area.
- Order the kinds of consumables that will support the program, consumables such as vinegar, baking soda, dirt pots, glue, sponges, teaspoons, plastic cups, pizza boxes, and more.
As I think about the curriculum and new teaching, I want this new furniture to forward the following teaching/learning events:
- Significant attention to attributes of effective collaboration and teamwork upfront at the start of the school year
- More project/problem solving learning
- Greater attention to classroom routines and protocols to create a positive environment for teamwork, and an environment where there is plenty of time for meaningful teaching
- Plan the messiest activities for times when we can work outdoors as well as indoors
- Building good flexible teamwork structure so students get to work with a variety of classmates and so that teams are filled with students who encourage and inspire one another's best learning
During the testing days ahead, I'll spend a bit of time each day preparing for next year. I want to get this work done before the typical very hot days in late June--days when the students need you a lot and the room is simply too hot for thoughtful prep and paperwork.