Last year was a unique year. Although our school usually has one class per grade, this year our third grade had two classes, for a total of 25 students. (This class is being combined into one class this school year.) Since it was an FCAT year, and the other (experienced 3rd grade) teacher wanted to teach reading and math, so I didn't teach every subject. I got to teach writing, spelling, social studies, and science. I loved it! The students switched groups throughout the day. It made for a really interesting, and fun year.
There were a few things that I had to think about that I'd never had to consider before. How do you solve the problem of 2 to 3 students sitting in one desk throughout the day? How do you label the names on that desk? What happens when a student complains that another student is going in their desk?
I decided the only thing in the desk should be shared books. My homeroom kids had cubbies for their stuff, and all of necessary supplies like pencils, scissors, and glue were communal. That way if a student complained about another going in their desk, I would just ask them why their stuff wasn't in their cubby.
I wish I took a picture of the name tags. I used contact paper to put a regular, laminated name tag on a desk for each of my homeroom students. Then I put two velcro dots on the left and right of the name tag. I made name tags for my groups out of two colors of laminated circles, with more velcro on the back. This was the perfect solution to making name tags for students who switch classes. (Although I can't see it working if students switch more often.) It also made it easy to switch desks, which I do often!
|Here is my word wall, which I talked about a little in yesterday's post. Here you can see some of the words that we included on it. I love how the wipe-off word wall allows you to add little notes and pictures.|
|Here's another poster I made from Kathy Robinson's Just Write series.|
|I got this idea from Pintrest last summer. The little green shapes at the top were our groups. The students chose their group names (the Billionaires and the Gators). I made these labels throughout the rooms to help us stay organized.|
Here are several pictures of my library. I had it super organized. This year I have a huge library, and I can't wait to get into my new room to organize it, too!
Here is the AR section in last year's library.
More AR books were in our book baskets and non-fiction section, too.
|I loved their monkeys!|
|I created this after we had some back-up at the computers because too many kids wanted to look up books and take tests.|
So that's it for today. I hoped you liked checking out some of my ideas from last year, and I hope it helped you come up with some ideas of your own. How do you manage AR in your classroom? What kinds of things does your school require you to do when it comes to AR?