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I love getting photos of various classrooms from around the country! Here is the latest batch from Traci McGraw’s classroom at Eastside Elementary in the Rogers Public Schools, Arkansas. If you want to share some classroom photos, send them to d.diller@live.com

These are the charts Traci uses to rotate her students through work stations

 

Traci's "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" tree that she uses for her behaviour system

Traci uses different colors on her word wall to help students find words easier

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Word wall

I received this great message and picture from Jeanne Messmer, a third-grade teacher in Arcadia, Indiana:

“Debbie, I am a third grade teacher, and was at your workshop in Lafayette, IN. I talked with you about arranging my Word Wall Words around my Read Aloud books instead of in ABC order. I have attached a picture of the books I have read aloud this year, and the vocabulary words we talked about. I find it very useful to have the words connected to a story we have shared. The students find the words in books they are reading independently, and I use the words as much as possible in my teaching.”

Jeanne's word wall in her third-grade classroom

Jeanne's word wall in her third-grade classroom

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Working with Heather to create a word wall on the magnetic chalkboard

Working with Heather to create a word wall on the magnetic chalkboard

This summer I helped my friend Heather set up her kindergarten classroom for the new year. Instructor Magazine called and asked if I’d write an article on setting up a classroom at the start of the year. They sent out a photographer and we did the classroom setup in just one day. See a preview online! The full article appears in the September/October 2009 issue of Instructor Magazine from Scholastic.

Just a note… there was no air conditioning in the classroom when we set it up! Made for a rather hot workday in Houston in June! But one that we hope will help lots of you with ideas for your classroom. For more ideas on classroom setup, see my book, Spaces and Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy for teachers in PreK-5th grade.

See my other posts about classroom makeovers:
Welcome classroom environments
A new teacher gets a classroom makeover
Classroom makeover in Ozark, MO

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