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Scrabble Names Classroom Wall

Classroom Design, Name Game

A Scrabble Names Wall has been on my “wish list” of ideas for a few years.  I finally tackled it this year and am very pleased with the results!  Want to create a Scrabble Names Wall in your classroom?  Read on for how I created ours! 1.  Count # of Letters Needed If counting the frequency of letters in your class list seems daunting, don’t worry.  There’s an app for that!  Using the app, type in your class list and click “record…

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Teamwork Posters

Anchor charts, Behavior, Classroom Design, PBIS

There will be no anchor charts adorning our classroom walls this year.  “What?” you ask!  Yes, no anchor charts.  They’re going digital (more on that in a future post).  I wanted to have something on the walls, and didn’t want to completely trash the idea of our teamwork anchor chart, so I decided to amplify it!  Using key words that we’ve used year after year to define what it means to be a part of a team in our classroom, I…

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The Day My Students Rearranged Our Classroom

Classroom Design

Last May I let my students rearrange our classroom.  Really!  I’m not kidding.  We had a Guest Teacher in the morning and they worked collaboratively in small groups to rearrange construction paper pieces on large chart paper.  Next year when I do this, I’ll make sure I’m present.  I was sad to have missed hearing each group’s discourse — discussions about what, where, and why. When I came back in the afternoon, I was greeted by, “Mrs. Meacham, which design…

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Student Choice in Flexible Seating

Classroom Design, Flexible Seating

The topic of flexible seating in classrooms is everywhere I look!  From threads on Twitter and Facebook to blog posts featuring pictures and explanations.   For some teachers, flexible seating seems to be a new concept.  I’ve even heard of it referred to as a fad.  It’s not though.  Rather, it’s a way of thinking and believing– it’s a part of a teacher’s Philosophy of Education/Teaching (remember writing one for college?!  I wonder where mine is…???). I started teaching in 1997.  My…

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