Here is the view from the front door. This was for Open House (and you have already seen this picture), but I wanted to set it up for you so you sort of know where we are. You can see my storage cabinets, my desk in the back corner, and my back door. I also have my little round table with the black ottomans I bought (instead of making crate seats...I just didn't want to spend the time)
When the students walk in, they see this organization station. Everything they might need to interact with throughout the day is here. The white stand has every type of paper imaginable on it. There is also an "extras box" at the bottom where the kids can find any extra copies they may need. The black bins at the bottom are all of my previously copied homework, morning messages, Calendar sheets, etc....any materials that are premade. I also have the INBOX and OUTBOX. Kids turn in papers to the INBOX always. The OUTBOX is where I put papers to be returned to them. Homework for the week (and checklists for Table Captains) has a place here, as well as the Incident Report forms. Basically everything the kids would need is found in this central location.
Next is our Daily Schedule. I update it each morning when we come in so the kids know what to expect for the day. I also write the exact objectives next to the subject sign. These are on magnets (since my whiteboard is magnetic), so I can move them around, and change them out for things such as specials and assemblies. Click here to get your own cute little cards (that don't actually look like these plain ones)
The Word Wall, with Greek and Latin roots on it, is here underneath the whiteboard. I put it here because 1) I want the students to be able to interact with it a bit more and having it low facilitates that and 2) there is no where else to put it ;) In all seriousness though, when we are playing the Root Word Memory game, the kids are accessing the wall all.the.time. Having it at their eye level (since we play the game on the rug) is very, very helpful.
My rug. I love my rug. Many people don't even *think* about having a rug in the upper elementary grades, but I personally couldn't live without it. I call my students up to the rug area as a whole group at least twice a day (during Calendar time and for our daily read aloud) and I use it for small group interaction throughout the day. Even when kids want to get a bit closer to the screen during lessons, they come right up!
I have talked about this endlessly, so I won't bore you with the details, but here is where we find the table points.
Classroom Economy. You can see the circle maps of Productive Students that we created on day one of school...still hanging as a reminder for how students should behave. In the very bottom left corner you can see the behavior book. All of the labels the students write their card changes on are in there. What you can not see are the Color Change cards. Those are behind the cupboard, so really no one can see them. The kids know they are there, and when students need to change the cards, they quietly do so.
From the front of the room, you can see my classroom arrangement. I actually have JUST gone back to pods like this after many, many years in a modified E horseshoe thing. Even with the horseshoe, my students did still work in cooperative groups though. They just turned their chairs around!
My small group table is a FAVORITE amongst my kids. They love the little Ottoman chairs that I have there for them. These chairs are part storage, part sitting space and 100% a sought after sitting area in my room. (the ones I linked aren't the exact ones, but they are close enough so you can see what they look like...just ignore the football logo!)
My library is sectioned off into three main categories: Fiction (black), Non-Fiction (pink), and themes (blue). Then, the bins are further categorized. I LOVE it. Since the books are all labeled, it makes it easier to put the books in the correct bins. Honestly, since doing this a few years ago, my life has gotten SO much easier when it comes to the library! Here is more information on exactly how I did it.
math workshop area has moved since this picture, but you get the idea of what is going on here. My students use this area to access the information they need during workshop time. Similar to the organization station at the front of the room, this is where all of the materials for Math Workshop are kept. Keeps me organized as well as the students. The Lightning Rod is also here.
What is great, is that TBA is having a Classroom Tour linky party! If you would like to see more rooms, click on the button, and head on over!!
Debbie Clement, at Rainbows within Reach is also having a linky! Head over and see more classrooms and how they organize stuff!