Teaching with Intention-Chapter 1
I’m linking up for Mr. Greg’s (from Kindergarten Smorgasboard) book study on “Teaching with Intention” by Debbie Miller. Chapter 1 is hosted these lovely ladies so click the picture to check out what everyone else thought of chapter 1. (After your done here of course:)
Teaching with Intention is all about defining your beliefs as a teacher and building your classroom and teaching practice around that. Chapter one was short and sweet with a big focus on having picture in your head what your ideal classroom sounds and feels like for both you and your students. I can picture my ideal classroom in my head but getting it to a place where it actually exists like it does in my head is a work in progress. That’s one of the reasons this book study interested me is because I like the idea of really defining what I want for my classroom and working towards that goal.
My ideal classroom is calm and structured with a clean and clear layout. I want each space in my classroom to be clearly defined and I want it to have visuals to help my students understand what each space is for and how each space should be used. Since I have lots of adults in my room throughout the day and my students have lots of other services I want a large master schedule so that everyone can see where they should be and what they should be doing. My ideal classroom is structured to foster my students independence. I want people to be able to walk into my classroom and see little people engaged in activities appropriate for their individual level.
In my ideal classroom my job is to help my students continue to gain the skills they’ll need to be independent in my classroom and outside of my room. I want my students using their individual schedules and the visuals in the room to complete activities as independently as possible. My role is to introduce new concepts and materials and structure opportunities to interact and practice these new skills
Keeping on top of things has always been my biggest weakness. With some many people in and out of my room all day I always feel like I’m constantly having to stop and answer questions or find something for someone. My goal this year is to have a master schedule up and have things organized in an easy to find manner so that the other adults in my room will not have to be dependent on me for all the answers and so that everyone can easy find what they need. That’ll mean a little more effort on my part up front but hopefully it’ll pay off in the long run.
What does your ideal classroom look like?