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Who wants to be cooped up inside all day when there is a big beautiful world out there?! If a lesson can be taught outdoors then I will teach it outdoors. Students can have outdoor baskets with the supplies they need. The incooperation of movement into lessons is also easier in an outdoor setting.
Small groups are an important aspect to student progress in kindergarten so a dedicated space is necessary. Small groups allow the teacher to set individual learning goals and work on these goals with each student. Making a schedule and sticking to that schedule will ensure each student gets the attention they need.
A classroom library is a must have in my future kindergarten classroom. Students learn how to read by reading! I hope to keep the library organized by topic in different baskets and dedicate time each day for free reading. The most important aspect of a classroom library, however, is not the organization but the inclusion of culturally diverse books. I want my students to see themselves in the books as well as see thier classmates.
Just because kindergarteners are just beginning to read does not mean they won't benefit from anchor charts! Displaying anchor charts after creating them with the class can be expecially beneficial to English Language Learners. Anchor charts can be used as a recource for students during independent work.
Something I have learned from my student teaching expereince is that kindergarteners transition best for activities by also transitioning spaces. Alternating between desks, carpet and student choice is a great way to focus and refocus students. Carpet time is most effective for mini-lessons so all students can easily listen and communicate to the teacher. I love how the carpet space depicted is adjustable to best fit the lesson or activity.
I plan on incoorperating spaces that promote collaboration in my future classroom. This layout best supports a project based, student centered learning environment. These spaces can look like large tables that seat mutiple students as depicted or even large floor spaces.
While organization is not my strong suit, I believe a clutter free classroom promotes a positive learning environment for both the students and teacher. Mess equals Stress. Labeled cubbies, distinct spaces and easy to access materials are all aspects I plan to include in my future classroom.