|From the front|
|From the back|
The side by side seating allows for partner talk. Partner talk is when I share a question or idea, and students turn and tell someone their thoughts. It's a way to give everyone a chance to share without calling on students one by one. It's a safe way for kids to share because if they don't know the answer, or if they're wrong, they aren't embarrassed in front of the whole class. Plus, partner talk is a break from listening to the teacher the whole period!
Another thing you will see in my classroom is the library shelf. Students can visit the school library before and after school, at lunch, and during Academy. My shelf is limited (if you wish to donate used chapter books, I'll gladly accept!) but it offers options. I also have crates with poetry, magazines, and non-fiction picture books.
Next, a photo of my rules. The point of the rules is to create a safe environment where learning is the focus.
Students may leave to use the restroom as long as it is not in the middle of instructions, or a presentation. They must sign out, as you can see on the "Who's Out?" paper.
Next to the door frame is another list. This is for strikes. I hate the term, it sounds negative. But the other sixth grade teacher and I wanted something that was easy to communicate. Everyone understands baseball so, "three strikes you're out," it is! At this point of the year, 95% of strikes have been for forgetting materials needed for class. Usually, one strike is enough to motivate someone to do better next time. One strike means their name goes on the list. If the same student repeats the unwanted behavior, I add a checkmark. The second checkmark is when I take action by calling home and/or assigning 30 minutes of lunch detention.