My learners are very visual this year I have found it important to use a lot of color in my room. I made the pockets in a matching color to store my strategy cards so they are always handy. There have been a couple of times when an incidental lesson has lead to teaching a strategy so I've been able to pull out the card to immediately put on our board. My kids each have a name tag with a velcro spot and there is an extra bit of felt underneath each heading where the kids stick their name on the goal they are working toward. ( I don't think you can see that bit in the pic, whoops)
I have to say I am not entirely happy with my CAFE posters and I am planning on changing them but still keep the color scheme.
I also wanted to show some pics of my pencil boxes I put on the desks. We work in groups of 4 so each table has a pencil box with enough equipment for each person. Each table has a number that corresponds to the pencil box and it is the students responsibility to make up a roster for who collects it and puts it away each day. On Fridays they do scissors/paper/rock to decide who the collector for that day is. I have also made them responsible for making sure they have the right equipment in their box and if they are missing pencils etc they have to replenish it themselves. I am trying to encourage independence and self help skills as the group I have this year seem to be a little timid in the initiative area.
|I got the cute pencil cases from the $2 shop, they cost $2 ha ha|