I want people to understand more about me and the kind of teacher I endeavor to be for my kiddos when they walk into my classroom. This requires my classroom to become non-traditional but will also allow me to teach the whole child not just the part that needs to take tests and do well on them.
So here are a few of my favorite things and how I will use them this school year.
- Mood Music: I played music for the kids last school year as background music but my ahem Urban Setting prompted kids to ask for music that was often inapproriate. As much as I like giving the kids a choice, I will need music that is calming and will allow for productivity–not a dance party. Since I am leaving my issued laptop at work and working at home with my personal device I use Amazon’s Music Player. It is awesome and I do not get a kickback for telling you that. It’s just nice to have a music player I can actually log-in to and use no matter where I am. The typical music players are blocked on my school network but this one is not. I would like to have music for a 90 minute period including slower tempo at the beginning of the list and faster tempos in the last 30 minutes as a home stretch.
My playlist so far:
2. Having Flexible Seating in my Classroom. When I look back on my favorite classroom I remember it fondly being called “The Fishbowl” It had a glass wall between it and another classroom. There was a large carpet we could sit on, there was also an oversized chair or two and a sofa. We LOVED that classroom. I also remember that we were so relaxed that we honestly did not have a defiant bone in our bodies, and I honestly feel as though it helped our scores. We had the best Reading and English Scores in a school that was also the best in our district. If that is not a testament to the results given from Flexible Seating I don’t know what to do to make you a believer. I have a Donors Choose project set up to help me get Flexible Seating in my Classroom. All donations go through the non-profit that would then purchase the materials. If my project does not get funded by the deadline, you get your donation back. Interested in helping us out? See this link: http://bit.ly/2t782Ka
3. Shaking up my rituals and routines for the first day. I am a fun person. I promise I am. But sometimes my introvert takes over and I come off as serious or stand-offish. Enter the Escape Room Activity. Since I am doing a Game of Thrones themed classroom this year I think that I need an Escape Room. The general idea is to set up questions at each station and if students answer the questions at one station they get to move to their next destination. If they make it to all stations/destinations by the time the timer goes off they will have escaped from the White Walkers (In this Case). I’ll have music, sound effects and video clips OH MY! Maybe built into a Powerpoint. Stay tuned for details on that.
Any suggestions? I would love to hear them. Don’tforget to donate or share my Donors Choose Project!