Our students are energetic, active learners. They attend a Title I school and their parents often struggle to buy supplies, uniforms, and provide lunch. The parents do try their best to send their children to school every day, so they can get a proper education, meals, and exercise and play in a safe environment.
The students try hard at everything they do, from in the classroom to on the playground, because they like school and feel safe at school.
The teachers try equally as hard because we know they are our future and need dedicated educators who care about their success and well-being.
To prepare for assessments, my students and I spend a week reviewing. While I try to make it fun, they get bored and so do I. However, I have found a solution. I recently learned about room transformations.
Room transformation are classrooms that are redecorated to match a theme like surgeons or bakers and regular instruction occurs but the students are completely engaged and eager to learn because of the decorations, props, and costumes.
My students would love a surgeon themed classroom transformation. With the surgical gowns and face masks the students will really feel like surgeons and be engaged in the lessons. With the medical kit, we will be able to "dissect" a body to look for letters. We will also be able to "fix broken bones" by spelling sight words correctly. We can clap the syllables of various body parts and diagnosis if patients have a rhyming disorder.
The chef hats and aprons will make the students feel like bakers and we will be able to "bake" an original story by adding a setting, characters, and plot. We can count how many cookies are in the cookie jar and also frost rhyming cupcakes by matching frosting to cupcakes.
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