|My co-teacher's desk. (8/12/14)|
This past Tuesday, after a very pleasant lunch with a recent graduate and a meeting regarding the new school year with a colleague, I stopped by my classroom. Standing in my empty room I had some random thoughts and reflections about the beginning of the school year. While it is the same classroom I have taught in my previous five(!) years in the high school after moving down (physically) from the middle school, I like to begin each year fresh. What that entails is taking most of what can be easily removed from the walls at the end of the school and re-setting things at the beginning of each school year.
|The mighty plastic sword, the Deus Ex Machina, is a holdover from last year. (8/12/14)|
|Location of last year's Word Wall. (8/12/14)|
Each year I have established and added to a Word Wall of Tier 3 terms. Based on some work last year with my AP 11 classes, I'll be tweaking that concept and devoting one bulletin board to each classes (Advanced Placement Language & Composition and Regent English 11) most relevant terms and concepts. As I've thought about it this summer, aligning the terms (and adding to them) within the context of an analytic filter might help to make the application of the definitions more concrete to the students.
|Rubrics and pennants for reference. (8/12/14)|
With quite a bit to process about how to proceed, I am glad to be preparing the physical classroom environment for what I'm confident will be a great start to the new school year in three weeks.