I work for a charter school that rents out an old catholic school. The classrooms are small, and the extra spaces for the psychologist/ed specialist/counselor (etc...) are quite limited. I moved rooms this year- from the random small room above the gym to a different (slightly bigger and more versatile) room on the stage. I think I'm in an old storage/prop/dressing room. Well, I've grown to like it. I call my room the reading loft, because it's quite lofty indeed!
|This is where I work with small groups. The table also doubles as my desk to save space.|
|On the wall by the table: I have small pocket charts for vocabulary for each of my small groups, Thinking Maps, SIPPS Sound Cards, and a timer for my groups.|
|Boxes of leveled books I use for my intervention groups. I have 6 of each book set.|
|These clear bins hold materials (books, folders, etc...) for each of my groups.|
|I had this Einstein poster from when I taught middle school. I converted it to a poster for decoding tips. I like to tell my students that Einstein (the smarty that he was!!!) had a hard time learning how to read.|
|These bins are labeled and leveled so that kids can borrow books weekly.|
|On the other side of the carpet area are more books for students to borrow. These are the chapter books for the Read 180 students I work with.|
|My table is to the right in this picture.|
|This is the area behind my table.|
|No space goes unused in my small room!|
|I used painter's tape to divide up my white board.|
|Unfortunately my white board is not magnetic, but I did discover that velcro works wonders. With these laminated sentence strips, I am able to quickly post a schedule for each group.|
|Door exits onto stage|
|I post student work on the outside of the door.|
|I meet with my Read 180 students on the stage for whole group instruction (15-20 minutes a day). I wish I had a classroom to meet with them in, but space is limited.|
There it is! My room. Not too glamorous, but it works well.
Be well! Read on!