My first big decision (though an easy one) was to get rid of my desk. I NEVER sit there and the students always want to sit there. Problem solved. My computer will be at a table. I can sit at that table to check papers, plan activities, etc. Now that whole corner is more space in my room!
My brother-in-law is making me a shelf where I can put all of my supplies that used to be in my desk similar to this one:
I also have several other storage ideas, mostly thanks to Pinterest:
5 Gallon buckets that are also moveable seats
One of those “mechanics” organizers
File folders duct taped together.
There are a lot more shelves, containers, and classroom ideas at my Pinterest page. Not a ton, because I am just getting started with Pinterest. It sure is fascinating and addicting!
As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of my bulletin boards will probably be a place for review by students. My white board is very large, so I envision sectioning off a part of it with a border and using it for agenda type info.
This week I am at a Great Expectations workshop, then my husband and I go on vacation. I imagine soon after that I will be spending hours a day in my classroom setting it up.
I would love to hear your ideas or see pictures of your classrooms.