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Re: classroom organization


Date: Tue Apr 01 2003 - 04:44:36 PST

As per how I handle all of my notes, examples, etc. when switching grade
levels back to back....

I had a long counter and cabinets that stretched the width of my room in
the back. I asked the school to build me another shelf that is 18
inches deep, and place it 9 inches over the previous countertop. Now,
on what used to be the old countertop (under the shelf) I have cardboard
boxes that 18x24 inch ream paper came in to keep lesson ideas for each
grade. I just cut away the front of each box so that I can just bend
over and see the labels of each project from the front of the boxes
where the projects are stacked up on each other. Each grade has two
boxes full of samples and plans in storage under the new counter/shelf.
I bought a small drying rack (18x24, only about 20 shelves if even that
many) and put it at one end of this counter. THAT drying rack is for my
in process demo materials to be stored in during any given lesson. I
keep each lesson inside of a folded in half piece of 18x24 labeled piece
of paper. Yes, the work sticks out way beyond the edges of the folded
label paper, but it gathers it together enough to make it easy for me to
just gather up the materials with one of the largest pieces on the
bottom, slide the label around the edge of it, and plop it into the
rack. While there, I just grab the next classes lesson. I also
sometimes stick odd things of student work in there that don't somehow
make it back to the class cabinet at the end of the class with the other
student work. (maybe the only kid in the class to watercolor something
that day, for example.) That way, I don't leave it in the big drying
rack and forget to put it back with the rest of the class's work at the
end of the day...thereby preventing the work from being forgotten in the
big rack and mixed up with another class later.) This new countertop
sticks out about 6 more inches than the last one, so it is also a good
place for kids to work at a computer on my high stool. (their legs can
go underneath just enough to let them work there on a chair)

    All that being said, now that I have an LCD projector, PowerPoint is
my life. I have photographed all of the visual examples in those files
under the countertop. Some of them do NOT work in a Power Point, but
MANY of them do. They are now all on CD, so I can access examples
either way. I have also photographed many of our posters to CD so that
I don't have to keep dragging them to the table. I do put them up on
the wall, but It's great to not have to wrestle with them as a class
comes in/leaves. And now kids can ALL see what we are talking about
easily as it is in your face HUGE on the projector screen. My next goal
is to figure out how I want to demonstrate drawing on a screen for them
easily. I've seen a science teacher using one of those little cameras
on an adjustable coil holder mounted to a projects on the tv
clear as a bell. I had no trouble reading small print out of a text
book when he placed that under the camera. I was thinking what a great
way to demo drawing techniques, but I don't want the tv in there anymore
with my LCD...just too much stuff. Ideas?