Tips For Designing An Effective Classroom Set-Up

Designing an effective classroom set up is important because it can help increase attention to task, decrease behaviors and create a natural flow. Many times, our students are highly distractable. There are things we can do to the classroom environment to make it EASIER for them to attend, self-regulate and learn. 

Designing an effective classroom set up is important because it can help increase attention to task, decrease behaviors and create a natural flow. Many times, are students are highly distractable. There are things we can do to the classroom environment to make it EASIER for them to attend, self-regulate and learn.

Begin by taking inventory of the furniture that you have available that can naturally be used as boundaries to create individual and group work spaces. When choosing which furniture you are going to use as boundaries, think about these things:

Frog And Pond Life Activities For Hands On Learners

Many of my students don't have a lot of back ground knowledge to draw on in school. These hands on activities help students build a deeper understanding of the science and language concepts.

Many of my students don't have a lot of back ground knowledge to draw on in school. These hands on activities help students build a deeper understanding of the science and language concepts.


To begin, we start with our frog and pond word wall cards to introduce vocabulary and concepts. Our unit runs for 2 weeks, so I usually focus on 10 word wall card per week.


5 Tips Planning For Next School Year

It's the end of the year and your drowning in end of the year duties and paperwork.... BUT you can't stop thinking about the excitement of next school year. I get it- you are not alone! Here are some tips for getting prepared for next school year.

It's the end of the year and your drowning in end of the year duties and paperwork.... BUT you can't stop thinking about the excitement of next school year. I get it- you are not alone! Here are some tips for getting prepared for next school year.

1) Reflecting On The Classroom Management & Organization

Take a look around your classroom and think back over the past school year. Ask yourself these questions...


Developing Strong Concepts Of Letters

Students need a strong understanding of letters, their forms and the associated sounds. A strong understanding of letters and sounds will help your students develop higher level reading skills.

Students need a strong understanding of letters, their forms and the associated sounds. A strong understanding of letters and sounds will help your students develop higher level reading skills.

To develop this strong understanding of letters and sounds, these are the skills I focus most on: