Below are some photos Mrs. Middlebrooks was nice enough to share with us of her new classroom. I love that everything is so neat and organized. One of my favorite features of her classroom is the cart and stool in the center of the room. The cart is an incredibly affordable piece from Big Lots that comes in both black and white. What an awesomely functional idea!
I really appreciate that she included photos on her bookshelf to bring a personal touch to her classroom. You often spend more time in your classroom than you do at home, so it should reflect who you are as a teacher and as a person.
Mrs. Middlebrooks also shared photos of a project she did with her Humanities class on the Middle Ages. She says, "The Middle Ages project requires the students to build something or make something: a castle, a shield, anything. Then they present and explain what it's purpose was and how it would have been built and designed during the Middle Ages. This supplements a written test and essay. I've also attached a perspective drawing that went along with the Renaissance unit."
Be prepared for ANYTHING and to be patient with yourselves - you won't get everything right the first year. Also - be willing to change plans at any moment.
What's it like to be a student in your classroom?
Structured time-wise usually with healthy doses of pop culture comparisons.
What's your favorite way to engage in a little self-care during the school year?
Definitely using my personal days! They are given for a reason! (Snarky approves.)
Have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
Sticking to plans - which includes making solid, detailed plans. I write mine out instead of typing to help me remember things more easily.