Monday, August 17, 2015
Before They Arrive
Before students arrive we work to create an inviting space for the first steps of our learning community. We know arrangements might change as students share their learning preferences. We know the books, tools, and spaces will grow as we discover more about our students and begin to take the first steps in learning together. We know the room will grow, but we want it to be inviting in those first days of building our learning communities.
I always enjoy walking through classrooms before the year begins. It is helpful for me to think about the ways other teachers consider using space, plan for tools, and start their libraries in the first days. The way tables are arranged, the location of meeting areas, the selection of tools, and the books available all help me to think about those first days in our learning community.
Before students arrive I like to think about:
Technology: Is technology quickly accessible? In the classroom I have to consider where technology will be located for use. For me, this has meant making sure technology can be easily accessed during whole group lessons and class sharing opportunities. It also means finding spaces for the technology that will be available to students. This means considering the space for the technology and ease of plugging devices in for charging or sharing.
Please share your considerations and questions you think about before students arrive. Looking forward to another great year.