Above the windows we have 4 bulletin boards. I have two of them set up already. One has all our reading strategies with helpful hints and reminders about what each one means. It also has my reading motto, "Reading is thinking!" The other board is a reminder of the West School values and expectations. The school-wide expectations are something new for this year and we are going to be doing a lot of work with them.
Pardon the mess that was still going on in this picture, but it's the only one I have that shows how the whole room is set up. This is how the room looks from the door. We've got the desks up front right near the SmartBoard (because we'll use it a lot!) and then a big meeting area with an easel for morning meeting and mini-lessons. The desks are starting out in groups like this, but I change them around pretty frequently depending on what we are working on and how the class is cooperating.
This last photo is just one more project that I worked on over the summer. I love that the binders fit into it so perfectly and there's even room for more! It is also a very handy place to keep those tools that the kids always seem to need (but I can never remember where I put down.)
I think one of my favorite things about summer vacation is that it gives me a chance to think about all the things I can do better for the next school year!