So, I didn’t read the prompt until school got out today. . . it said: Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see – and what you don’t see that you’d like to.
Since I didn’t read this until after school, I don’t have a picture of my classroom – today. However, I took a lot of pictures for a couple previous posts! Check out my post on creating my pirate-themed classroom or the one on my first day of school! Here is just one picture of my classroom.
This doesn’t do a very good job of showing my entire classroom, but I can tell you that the rest of my classroom looks almost the same. Three of my four walls have counters like the ones seen in this picture. The other wall has my white board, desk, and bulletin boards. I’m not sure if this question was asking about the physical set-up of your classroom, or what it looks like with students in it, but I am going to touch on both!
My physical set-up is a challenge. The room is very small, and I have 29 students in one class. I have 4 tables that are 6 feet long and about counter-top height. Students sit at these tables with chairs and stools. I also have 16 desks (seen in the photo). The tables are in the back of the room, so you can’t see them in this photo. Personally, I would have designed this lab/classroom totally differently, but since I wasn’t around for that, I need to work with what I’ve got. As I try to work with it – I keep trying to think of how I can best set it up for my student’s needs. I need my students to be able to work with a group, but also have their own space for class. I would LOVE to have a bigger room, where I could have some tables for doing lab work, and desks for “class-time”. What I’ve done to attempt this, is we keep the desks in rows until its a lab day. Then, I have the students help me re-arrange the desks into groups, so we have a lot of interaction.
If you were to take a picture of my classroom each class period, each picture would look different. Actually, if you took a picture every 10 minutes, they would each look a little different. At least I hope they would. (Now I want to set up a camera to take a picture every 10 minutes for a day!) In those pictures, you would see students working in groups, reading to themselves, listening to a little bit of lecture, giving presentations, doing labs, and practicing skills. I try not to allow my students to do the same thing for more than 15-20 minutes. We’ve seen the studies that say how attention spans are not very long, and getting shorter. I know this is true for myself. I need to make sure to help my students out by not asking them to listen to me drone on for 40 minutes! One thing I would love to see is more student inquiry – asking their own questions, not just answering the ones I’ve given them.
Like I said before, not sure I answered this question the way it was intended to be answered – but I don’t really care! This blog is for me to reflect on my teaching, and I guess this is the way I wanted to! However, I do hope you enjoyed reading about it!!