Saturday, August 25, 2012
The north room, pictured to the left, is our main whole group teaching room. There are five tables for five of our groups of four to sit at, as well as two extra tables for small group instruction.
We have soft tiles (which we call "carpet squares") for the children to sit at during whole group instruction. There is a separate square for each child, each corresponding to their color table group (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, lime, black, and gray).
The breakout room sits directly across from our "front door" to our classroom. In our "lobby" we have our student mailboxes, where individual work is sorted, a calendar, homework return basket, and an area for parents to receive extra materials if the need arises.
It's been a lot of fun setting up our classroom, and so far the layout seems to be working great! We've had to move a table and adjust where we put the projector by our carpet squares so that we can fit all 40 students in a circle for morning meeting, but that is about all the changes we've had to make. We have only completed three days so far but we are constantly surprised and pleased by how well the students, as well as ourselves are adapting to our ECP classroom.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Our goal with this blog is to inform our community of teachers, parents, students, administrators, families, friends, and educators across the world what a collaborative classroom could look like with. . . . . . . . two teachers. . . . . . . . . . and 41 students! Here we go!