Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ready, Set, Go!

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So, I am ready. As ready as I will be. I have visited and revisited my classroom throughout the summer and gotten my room "ready." I have chosen my touchstone text, I have copied August's homework packet, and I have organized my books.

Room 127 is your typical rectangular space. It is extra warm because this is where the pipes are housed. (daily average, 75-78 degrees) It has no carpeting, it is an institutional eggshell, and the cabinets are peeling laminate. I have tried to make this space a community. I have purchased 5 lamps, a couple vases of fake flowers, and some decorative place mats. I have had bookshelves built so that they border my community area so that when we meet together it feels cozy. I am ready for student to arrive.

This year feels different. I feel like I have owned my space, like I have made it my own, and I am excited to share it with little people. I had to just be in my space for a while. I had to sit and think about its potential. Mulling it over in my mind before bed, while waiting at the park, and driving in the car I have strategically placed each item. I am ready for the go.

I just hope that my students feel as comfortable as I do in this space.

Why do you think the environment is so important? That is a good question. I think it has to do with building the community, but it goes beyond that. They say (I'm not sure who or the validity of the statement) learning coincides with emotion. I hope that my room 127 creates an emotional tie that induces learning.

What steps have you made to create your learning space? How is environment helping your community?


Jen Barney said...

Sarah- Your room is fantabulous! If M. were at Haley, your room would be the one that I would insist that he be in... It is comforting when I walk in (despite the hellish heat).

I think that creating a room that is loving and warm allows students to feel comfortable and free in a space that is almost their home for a year... It makes it a home away from home.

Sarah Amick said...

I have to admit that I wish that M. could've been with me, but... What can I say, I love your children. I am always so glad to see their faces pop into my door. I would've welcomed him with open arms, "butt nugget" and all!

Amy @ Literacy Launchpad said...

Your room looks great! I want dig through your book baskets!

As a traveling teacher I don't have my own classroom environment. Anything I use to create my "classroom" has to conveniently travel with me. This is very limiting. So I envy you in this respect!

Sarah said...


I also feel like I am very close to being ready. I have been spending all week in the room. I will post some pics on my site if you're interested. I liked seeing your sacred spaces. They look ready for little bodies and minds.

I also read your post about putting your first grader on the bus. I know what you are feeling going from summer mommy to teacher mommy.

Stacey Shubitz said...

Looks cozy!