So summer flew by and school is back in session. The excitement of a fresh start is everywhere . Students will be with you all day every day. What are you doing to make them feel at home? Have you really thought deeply about the environment they are spending so much time in?

My question as I visit classrooms this week is: so who does this classroom belong to? It is always interesting to see where teachers find themselves.

  • Does the classroom belong to the teacher store?- with cute cuddly purchased cartoons, many bright colourful posters, pre-made rules and nothing created by the students? A great many words yet to be taught on all the walls…An overwhelming load of brightness…
  • Does the classroom belong to the teacher?- with a great portion of the classroom sectioned off as teacher space, teacher’s possessions and teacher’s rules. Very much  this is the teacher’s classroom and students are mere visitors…
  • Does the classroom belong in an institution? Devoid of any colour, joy ,motivation, or connection to learning…
  • Does the classroom belong to the students with photographs of them, as well as their families(building community and a sense of belonging) along with co-constructed anchor charts and a variety of learning spaces being created as the days go by…

In my career, I have had all of the above kinds of classrooms…I got better as I learned more. I wish I had a re-do for some of those years. I’m pretty proud of other years.

What does your classroom look like this year?

To read more on this topic:

One of my favourite resources is Teaching With Intention by Debbie Miller   Stenhouse Publishers

Capture

https://saskatchewanreads.wordpress.com/learning-environment/

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/734

http://deb-frazier.blogspot.ca/2011/01/teaching-with-intention-by-debbie.html