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Wednesday, September 3rd., 2014. Opening Day. A new school year will begin, and, once again, nervous new sixth graders will walk through my classroom door and begin the process of transforming Room 202 into their learning space.
I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a bit obsessive about our classroom. It isn’t the largest, and it has its issues (one wall is a foldable, let’s open these two rooms into one, essentially cardboard wall – so we can hear the sixth grade next door…and they can hear us), but I do love it. I love walking down the hallway to it every morning, turning on the lights, and getting to work in its space. I love the way I can tweak this or that every new school year, and still have it be its essential 202 self. As I said, I’m not altogether rational when it comes to this room.
Which is why I love showing it off…so, here goes:
A welcome bulletin board outside, and an invitation for Reading Graffiti:
The door does not escape notice (I hope!):
A view from the front, our desks grouped for lots of collaboration:
Our reading/meeting/group work/hanging out and chilling (i.e.@ lunch time) space:
Writing portfolios and work stations ready to go:
A corner just for me:
The “memory wall” of friends who have lived in this room:
And those “extras”:
The room is ready, and so am I…welcome, new school year!