|As you walk in...|
During the last school year and over the summer, I was fortunate to be able to attend lots of professional development conferences and workshops (mostly out of my own pocket.) Something I heard Patrick Allen say has really stuck with me. Ok, really... a lot of what he says really sticks with me, but this one particular thing relates to classroom set-up! Anyway, he talked about how he no longer has a section of his classroom dedicated to being his "classroom library." Instead, he and his students are literally surrounded by books. This resonated in my head for a long time and fueled my desire to make some changes. Isn't that sending a powerful message about what we value in our classrooms?
I kept the "Camp Read-A-Lot" going as it corresponds to our class blog and more, but it's not over the top or overdone (in my opinion.) Here's a little peek into what our room now looks like....
|Newly designed reading corner (with these great bean bag chairs from Walmart!)|
|Whole Group Meeting Area and CAFE board|
|One section of the Classroom Library|
|The view from the back of the room|
|Another great bean bag from Walmart, near our "wall of books"|
|Individual book tubs, with self-selected books inside!|