I haven’t shared much from my room this year (and it seems like this is barely an education blog some days). I have a lot of photos that I need to post, but I thought today I’d share my small group area.
One of my favorite things to see here on tumblr and other blogs is rooms actually functioning and getting a feel for how others structure things
This is where I spend the majority of my day. I meet with reading groups here during my 90 minute reading block and, though I’ve had to structure my math block differently this year, I also meet with differentiated math groups here in the afternoon.
Since it’s where I sit during most of the day, I moved my phone over there this year, and it’s one of the best choices I’ve made in terms of structural changes. So much easier than running to my desk, which I never sit at during the school day.
When students are called back to my table, they begin on a “Do Now” (usually it’s to correct a sentence or solve a math problem). This gives them time to settle in and lets me circulate to make sure my other students are on task and working independently. We review that, go through a mini-lesson, and complete any tasks that are the docket for the day. Some days it’s more collaborative and I just observe or facilitate and other days I’m directly teaching basic skills or vocabulary- typically it depends on where we are in a topic. The anchor charts are made together and reviewed and they create a mini-version for their math/reading interactive notebooks.
The shelves are where I keep files that contain the week’s papers and any other things I may need for that week. The “Objective” and “You Need” are fairly self-explanatory and we review those as a whole class at the beginning of our block, during which I also give a brief preview of what we’ll be doing at my table, as well as the list of independent tasks for the day (their time to ask questions and for me to clarify things).
Let me know if you have any questions about how I do things if you’re interested! This is just a glimpse into my 1:1, PBL classroom, so feel free to check out my eduPD folder from this summer for more information on how I structure my units and reading/math block.