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We ended our week of training in Humble ISD with the training that everyone wants at this time of year… how to set up your classroom space to maximize instruction! It’s the popular Spaces & Places training we do, based upon my book of the same title.

Teachers worked together mapping their classroom spaces on paper and were inspired to clean up their closets and get organized as the school year begins.

You might want to check out the Spaces and Places blog that Stenhouse Publishers has set up at www.flickr.com. Just look for the Spaces and Places group. You can post your own pics of your classroom, or check out what others are doing as they set up their classrooms. It’s a great site, and it’s free!

Teachers share what they’re thinking about as they prepare to set up their classrooms for the new school year

Teachers work with colleagues, mapping out their spaces on paper first

One teachers’s notes on where she'll put the whole group area

Teachers share ideas during the workshop

Here is another group of teachers sharing their thoughts

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Packing up?

It’s that time of the year when you might start to think about packing up your classroom for the summer. The task can be daunting, right? But I am sure that you all have some great ideas for sorting through classroom materials, deciding what stays and what goes, organizing so that you will remember in August where you put things and planning for the following school year.

How do you pack up your classroom? Any tips or advice for your fellow teachers? Send them to d.diller@live.com, along with a photo and a brief description of what you do. The best idea will win a signed copy of Spaces & Places!

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This past week I worked with about 200 dedicated educators in Bethel Public Schools in Spanaway, WA. The workshop was on Spaces & Places and using every inch of space for instruction. As part of the session, I walked teachers through the process of setting up their rooms, step by step. After class, Tom and I drove to Gig Harbor and enjoyed some quiet time by the marina there. Pure bliss! It was 70 degrees with no humidity. Quite a change from our home in Houston!

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers map their space during the workshop

Teachers map their space during the workshop

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

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