This is my second year at this school and I think I’m only one of 3 math teachers (out of 20) to have kept my classroom from last year to this. Several of our math teachers were also moved into “outdoor classrooms” (i.e. trailers) and have been incredibly patient in dealing with a variety of adverse circumstances. That is to say that I do feel very grateful to have this space even though there are things that I would change if the world was at my fingertips. First up, the beginnings of my Geometry word wall. These posters were made by the Virginia DOE (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/resources/vocab_cards/math_vocab_cards_geom.pdf). I’m still thinking about how to incorporate the cards more into my teaching and review, but for now, its a word wall.
These designs made up of geometric constructions are a project that I have done the past few years and they make great classroom decorations. This is also where I post schedules and reminders. The blue and pink sheets are running point totals for my two geometry support classes. Students earn points as they participate in different games and activities in class.
I first made the teams poster at my previous school. I think it is directly from CPM. I do not do as much teamwork in my current school, but I still like the reminders. Also, for the first time this year, I am experimenting with student folders for two of my classes – in the two blue crates. Organization was a struggle for some students last year and so they can use their folder for in-class storage. I also use their folders to pass back papers, which does save class time.
Regardless of the variety of activities that we may do in class, the front of my classroom is the default focal point. Some things that I have incorporated into the front:
- Growth mindset posters from Math Equals Love (https://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2014/08/growth-mindset-and-sbg-bulletin-board.html?spref=tw) I LOVE when students reference these in our discussions!
- My classroom expectations fall into 2 categories: Be responsible and be respectful. On the first day, students brainstormed individually and with a group about what specific behaviors fall into those 2 categories. I have posted the compiled lists from all of my classes.
- I also have a velcro Sudoku board that I made. Students add to it before and after class. The teacher who uses my room during my planning said that his kids also like participating. The only downside is that it is easy to mess up (as it currently is).
Some day I’m hoping to branch my blogging beyond the #SundayFunday blogging prompts, but for now, I’m just trying to hold on! I look forward to seeing other people’s classrooms soon!