It is hard to put into words what a classroom full of 6 and 7 year-old children can do to your heart; but if you spent just 1 day in my shoes, you would quickly learn. They make you proud when they lift up their peers. They make you excited when they reach their reading goal. They make you determined to find a new approach to teach a writing skill to those struggling learners.
Now it's my turn to make sure they are feeling all of these emotions right along with me!
The requirements for 1st grade students to master in one year are different from the past. What I have found most challenging in my years of teaching is discovering engaging ways to motivate these young learners. Their focus can be short and quickly lost spending six solid hours in the classroom with intense desktop academics. We have two short breaks a day for brain breaks, one half hour recess and a daily trip to rotating specials for 40 minutes.
I want to create a space that brings the fun back into learning and provides them with more opportunities to grow, create & explore!
This year my goal is to provide students with more opportunities to work away from their desks. I specifically chose materials in this project to target special reading and writing needs of my students.
This project would allow for my class to grow as learners and feel more independent within our room.
For example, the rolling dry erase board would allow for me to review my whole group lesson in small groups. I have found that reteaching a lesson with children in smaller groups has a a great impact on retention.
The small teepee tent will help me create a reading space in my classroom that students will want to go to to read quietly on their own. Students are highly motivated by special, cozy places they can go to as an incentive. The dry erase sleeves will help students easily practice skills at stations without the fear of making mistakes.
During independent writing time, I find that the majority of my students are more engaged when they are not writing at their desks. Incorporating a different table to work at will provide my students with flexible seating options during this time.
The other items are classroom supplies that will be used daily to help our class run and function smoothly!
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