This week has been FULL of 10 hour work days… and that is not including the laminating, cutting and printing I am doing at home! I have been busy setting up my classroom, organizing all of my belongings, getting acquainted with my new school/staff and of course those lovely beginning of the year meetings where you can’t focus because all you are thinking of is the growing list of “Things to Do”, “Things to Buy”, “Things to Make”, “Things to Print” etc…
So far, I have met some amazing people, endured numerous paper cuts, and I think I have done more strength training this week moving desks, filing cabinets, chairs and tables from room to room than ever before in my life! I have felt really supported by friends and family. My husband has worked in my classroom for 3 days to help perfect it. He is a master at hanging bulletin boards and has even helped other teachers move some furniture. I can’t wait until my classroom is done. With each new bulletin board put up, I am falling more and more in love with my Bright Owl Classroom space. I think the kids will love it!
My new classroom has a LOT of wallspace. This is both amazing and intimidating. I had to run to the fabric store to
spend a fortune buy more fabric because I totally underestimated how many yards I would need. Since I have a great canvas, I decided to create an ELA focus wall this year. Moving to Common Core and being free of past rules and regulations, I am excited to dive into Language Arts this year in a way that I haven’t been able to. The Focus Wall will help me organize key concepts, focus on standards and allow the students to interact with academic language in a non-threatening way. What I LOVE about having a Focus Wall this year is that is an ever changing resource for my students. Because it’s different for each story, the class can interact with it. I will refer to it during whole group and guided reading instruction. I plan on having students use post it notes to show examples of the various comprehension strategies.
Some of the cards included in this pack:
I have bundled the focus wall altogether in a neat little package for you here.
academic language and make literary connections.