My room is not set up for centers as I follow a traditional workshop format for reading and writing. Most of the time during reading and writing workshop that is all they are doing... reading and writing. I save word work for a completely different time of the day. This year I plan to have the kids come in and rotate through five activities at the beginning of the day before announcements. By Friday, they should have completed all their jobs.
Below are the pictures I have taken of my room this year.
Our Welcome Banner as Viewed from the Doorway
Thematic Reading Books & a Student Desk Area
Up Close of the Book Bins
Our Computer Station and My Book Storage
Circle Spot and More of My Storage
Calendar, Alphabet Chart, and Daily Schedule...
Yes, I use a real calendar. Pretty much that is it for calendar time.
Just Another View
Our Interactive Daily Schedule
My Thematic Units and Games
View from the Doorway
View From the Computer Station
If you noticed, there is no teacher desk in the room. I have a small area near our window that just happened to be a mess the day I took pictures. The table I use is half of one of the tables you see above.
Many children come in believing that because you are a teacher you know everything. I believe in working with the children as a facilitator and guide in their learning. I feel using the same desk as the children moves me one more step closer to being that facilitator in their eyes. It also lets them know I am learning along side them every day.