Here I am for my annual visit to write a blog post about setting up my classroom! Well, perhaps, if I find a way to manage my time a bit better this year, it will be more than an annual visit. Between writing papers for my masters classes, reading books for those same classes and managing to actually teach at some point in there, I've been a bit busy!
|This will be one of two work areas for us.|
|My tiny "teacher area". That's a "fake" bulletin board above my desk, on which I will simply tape the school calendar and schedule.|
|This is the shelf in our main work area. The children's IEP goal progress papers will be kept in the mailboxes.|
If you remember (or look to the previous post) I find it very important to set up my room to help avoid as many visual distractions as possible. Now, I've only figured out two ways to do this. One way is to simply keep the walls as bare as possible until the students are used to the room and it slowly becomes possible to add in more visuals as the students become more capable of focusing and attending without being so distracted by everything around them.
|This will be our other work area. This area is a bit smaller, but will serve two purposes. We will use the table to work with children on goal work. We can also move the table out of the way and provide language/communication and play skills on the carpet. This area doesn't stick to my originally color scheme as much, but I've tried to cover up as many distractions as possible.|
|This is what the "curtain" is hiding. :) Agh! Just look at that visual distraction!|
|This is my tiny teacher area!|