Where It All Goes Down Wednesday!

Today at Blog Hoppin', teachers are sharing pictures of their classrooms. Unfortunately for me, I have not been in my classroom yet because I only start work tomorrow. I do not have any pictures to share with anyone today. However, I would like to share my wishlist for my new classroom. I have been spending lots of time looking at fabulous teacher blogs, Pinterest pages, and websites. I made a list of things that I would LOVE to have in my new resource room. Here are some of them:

Synonym word wall. Kids often struggle with finding words to replace the boring words like said, good, and happy. Finding synonyms for these words can really help them make their writing better. I found a great way to display synonyms in the classroom but I can't find the link to where I saw this picture. It was called 'Spice up your writing with... Salsa Words'.

Tattling Turtle. I worked with a teacher who had a stuffed turtle which sat in a bucket with cool pens and colored paper. She used it to help students share their problems without being tattlers. No teacher enjoys having that student who always feels the need to tell on everyone. Now I won't have to! Students will write down their 'story' on a paper and talk to the turtle. In the end, I will be the judge of which stories should be shared with me and which should be shared with the turtle.

Reader's Toolbox. Check out this link to see what I'm talking about! When students are stuck on a word, we will pull out a tool to help us 'fix' our problem.

Reading Nook. I have no idea what it will look like yet but I am full of ideas on this one!

Classroom library. I will be organizing my library a little differently this year. first, instead of having all my books in the same corner of the classroom, I will spread it around the room in different sections. Students will be surrounded by literature and this make it easier for them to shop for books.

These are just a few of the things that I plan on incorporating in my classroom this year. Stayed tuned for before and after pictures!

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