Photos of My Classroom--7th LA

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  1. Ima Teacher

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    Your room looks great! I especially like the "homeless papers" area. :)
    Can I come be in your class? I hated 7th grade LA. ;)
     
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    Very nice room! What are in your team packets?
     
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    Room looks great. I was curious. The pre made posters that might have grammar rules, or vocabulary or something relevant, how did you obtain these?
     
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    Great photos! Your room looks very inviting. I won't be back in my room until the second last week in August (school starts after Labour Day), but I know that right now it looks much like your "before" pictures. This year I need to remember to take some pictures once the room is set up!
     
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    Your room is awesome.
     
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    Great room! How did you stick the team packets to the door?
     
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    Great room- it looks awesome! What do you have in the Group Work Packets? How are they stuck to the door and what do the CHAMP posters say?
    Thanks!
     
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    Your room looks beautiful Very bright and cheerful! I envy you all your file cabinets. We moved to a brand new school and weren't allowed to take ANY of our old furniture. I have ONE, count 'em, ONE file DRAWER. Oh yeah, the crates of files look sooo much better than those nasty old file cabinets would have looked! :)
     
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    When we moved to our new school in 1998, we were told we couldn't take any of our old stuff either . . . with the exception of a few new items that had been purchased that year. And everything new had to be "bone". One of my coworkers had a GREAT cabinet . . . but it was a pinkish color. They told him it looked OK, but it was the wrong color. He sat it in the middle of the front lawn and spray painted it bone. :D Our new rooms came with two file cabinets and one bookshelf. I asked for two more cabinets and another bookshelf.
     
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    Each team packet contains a ruler, a black pen, a blue pen, a pencil, a highliter, a colored dry-erase marker, a black dry-erase marker, a pack of post-it notes, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a two-sided dry erase board (from Kagan publishing). They're attached to the door with heavy-duty velcro. The kids are assigned by groups. Each time we use them there is one student in the group who has to get the pack and make sure to get all materials back in it before putting it away.
     
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    I get a lot of posters from Really Good Stuff. Their posters are great, inexpensive, and already laminated.
     
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    CHAMPs is from Randy Sprick's program.

    C=conversation (or voice level)
    H=help (what you do if you need help)
    A=activity (what the student should be doing)
    M=movement (where the student can be)
    P=participation (how the teacher knows if the student is doing OK)

    Basically we just teach the kids what the letters mean, and then I switch the posters in and out as needed. I have 20 of the . . . one for each activity and transition we do. At the first of the year I teach, teach, and reteach the posters. Eventually I just switch them out and don't have to say anything. We begin with four--beginning of class, teacher-directed instruction, free reading, and independent work.

    Here's a sample of my free reading one.
    C=level 0
    H=raise hand for teacher/come to teacher's desk one at a time
    A=read from an approved book, take AR test, write in log, check out book
    M=visit library, get book off classroom shelf, talk to teacher
    P=Student is reading from an approved book or working on reading-related materials.
     
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    Your classroom is so nice! Can you advise me on how you hung your clothesline? I have a very long classroom this year. In the past my hubby has come up to do it. I am looking for an easy way. Also love your showercurtain idea. I have used tablecloths too. However the cheap ones always rip. I will look for linen types this year.
     
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    Great classroom! You have a lot of great ideas. Thank you very much for sharing.
     
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    Very nice classroom! I may steal your student desk set-up (I also teach 7th grade language arts).

    I'm also curious about the clothesline--what do you put on it?
     
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    I'm actually taking the line down this year and restringing it from corner to corner. It's a bungee cord, and it's gotten more slack in it as it hangs, so I need to stretch it out longer because things hit me on top of the head when papers are hanging on it.

    We often hang papers on it.
     
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    very inviting and cheerful!
     
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    Your room is GREAT! Thanks for sharing it. I have taught 7th graders and mine had a difficult time when I had the desks facing each other like you have. Do you have a problem with that?
     
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    I've only had ONE class that couldn't seem to handle facing one another. Fortunately, it was a small class and I was able to move them around enough to help prevent it. The ones who couldn't face others were put on the SAME side of the room, near the walls.

    I think one of the things that helps is that I teach from both ends of the room AND from the middle. I'm usually close enough to them to keep them from acting up.
     
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    Also - do you have plans for the podium that someone built for you? I have asked several people about building one, but they wanted to see some plans.
     
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    My dad made the plans himself. He got the basic measurements from measuring a podium at our church. Then he tweaked it to make it the right height for me & made the top larger to accommodate my books.

    I can see if he's still got the plans if you're interested.
     
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    I would be interested in the plans. I want my own podium so bad! I have looked at office supply places, but the podiums there all have electronic equipment (speaker stuff) built into them. (And they are really really expensive!)
    Thanks for sharing! :)
     
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    Great photos! I have lurked here since about April and got so excited when I saw this post! After I saw your photos I started planning all the things I wanted to do for my room...

    Today I found out I don't have a room... :(
     
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    What do you use to hold up both sides of the cord? I have tried a screw but the plaster often breaks? I am not that handy. Have any advice?
     
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    The ends of the bungee cord have hooks, and they hook around the ceiling frame.
     
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    I talked to my dad today, and he said that all the plans he had were a few scribbled notes as he built . . . and then he threw them away. Sorry!

    You might be able to google some plans.
     

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