1. I'm so excited to be a reading specialist again and am thrilled to be expanding my grades taught all the way up to 4th grade! I've always taught Kindergarten and 1st grade, so teaching 2nd-4th graders in addition this year will be totally new to me, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm definitely excited that I'll get to still teach my little ones that I adore so much but also add other grades into my daily mix! I've got my room almost all ready except for a few more things to hang up-- I'm reserving lots of wall space for new anchor charts I'll be creating with my students and for posters/student work that'll get put up as the year really gets going. I've got my little buckets all set...just need to actually put some materials in them for daily use in our guided reading groups. :)
I've also got my "We heart to read!" banner up. I ended up just taping sturdy string to the back of the little pennants and kinda just love it! I'll be hanging student created "I love to read about ____" under this pennant once groups start and then update this display throughout the year with favorite character/favorite book student creations as well. All about reading and writing in this room!
You can check out this pennant and student decoration ideas here!
2. I'm not quite as crafty as other people, but I jazzed up a few clipboards with a little wash tape and fancy duct tape just to get rid of the plain old brown back...now they've got a little more color going on while my friends will be working on them!
4. One thing that will be new to me as a teacher is the use of D'Nealian print...all my years as a teacher, I've only used Zaner-Bloser, but it'll be fun to perfect my handwriting in D'Nealian this year! I'll still be doing lots in Zaner-Bloser just because I think kids need to be exposed to all sorts of handwriting styles, but now i'll put more of an emphasis on my own handwriting in this new fancy way. So I've got my new ABC posters with D'Nealian font right next to my word wall...also all in D'Nealian.
Of course I'll be adding more pictures of my classroom once it is all complete...soon, but hope you enjoyed these for now! Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching and Teaching Blog Addict for some of my favorite link ups!