This will be the third year that I am in my classroom and I am lucky to have a campus that did not require me to take all my posters down, so that is still the same. I am adding a few things to the walls. The main thing I am changing is the desk arrangements. I have been so crowded in my classroom depending on how I arrange my student’s desks, so I had to make some sacrifices and get rid of a table and an old student computer (that didn’t really work anyway.) I am trying to make more room so the students and I can move around more. This will help me be in the Power Zone and more accessible to the students as we are learning. I haven’t taken pictures yet as I am still trying to decide on how to arrange it all. Do I put the desks in groups (really takes up a lot of room, but good for group work) or have them in rows. I like this the best, but need to see what my new principal expects.
My Goals for this year? My main goal to increase student retention. I have felt in the past that I do well teaching the concepts to them, and they do well when I quiz them over the material but later in the year they don’t remember well enough to master the state assessment. A book that my campus read over the summer has inspired me about this and I will be writing a separate blog about that in the next day or two. Some other goals I have is to keep up with absent student work and to just be more organized, period. I am a hoarder and stacker. I usually have so many stacks of paper in my room that you cannot even see my desk. My goal here is to trash (recycle) when I no longer need it.
Finally, this will be my first year to have a student teacher. I hope that I can help him in any way that I can, but also be willing to relinquish control of my classroom and students when the time comes (I take their learning very personally.) If you have had a student teacher before and can give me advice, I would greatly appreciate it.