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Archive for August 6th, 2009

While in Ozark, MO, I did a second classroom makeover. It’s Amanda’s first year to teach, and she’s really excited about her new kindergarten room. She thought about having two whole-group teaching areas, but we decided to just have one large space for both math and reading instruction. She moved it to the magnetic dry erase board area. Now she can convert part of that dry erase board into a low interactive word wall. And she can use her document camera there, too, since this is a room set up for teaching with technology. Her classroom library could have become a “landing strip,” so we moved it to create a more open, welcoming reading area. See her before and after pictures:

A before picture of the whole-group area with a large math board

A before picture of the whole-group area with a large math board

Moving the carpet was a team effort

Moving the carpet was a team effort

The new whole-group area is more open and welcoming

The new whole-group area is more open and welcoming

The old library area was a possible landing strip

The old library area was a possible landing strip

The new classroom library area with comfy bean bag chairs

The new classroom library area with comfy bean bag chairs

One corner of the classroom was cold and cluttered

One corner of the classroom was cold and cluttered

The cluttered back corner became a new area for manipulatives and portable centers

The cluttered back corner became a new area for manipulatives and portable centers

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