Back to School: What a Wonderful Time of the Year!
Wendy Sheets, Intermediate/Middle School Literacy Collaborative Trainer
As teachers and students across the country make their way back to school, there is excitement and anticipation in the air! Teachers have thoughtfully planned and prepared for students’ learning as they’ve designed and set up classrooms. Students don new shoes and backpacks, and the smell of fresh crayons and markers wafts through the hallways. The hope of a new beginning puts a twinkle in every eye as children are greeted with smiles and promises of a great new school year. What an important time!
I commend all teachers for the efforts they put forth in assuring that classroom environments are welcoming places most conducive to student learning. As you make your way back to school this year, I want to wish you all the very best, and I’d like to share some photos of classrooms that our literacy coaches have been working to organize.
Check out the classroom library below, shared by Megan Witucky, from Zanesville, Ohio:
This classroom library belongs to Michelle Rodgers, from Warren, Ohio:
Tami Loughman has organized books by genres, topics, authors, and series from which her students may choose:
Teachers have been thoughtful in planning for whole-group meeting areas to conduct Interactive Read Alouds and minilessons. Some of those areas are seen above, doubling as classroom library areas. Others are shown below.
During these first weeks of school, students will be planting seeds in their writer's notebooks. Here are some examples from Tami Loughman's class in Newark, Ohio:
We see evidence of minilessons taking place in various classrooms.
Megan’s minilesson also supports her readers in making good book choices: