Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: My Dream Classroom

This week's topic is all about wishing and hoping. Who wouldn't want to design their own classroom if they could? I have an older classroom and I am always thinking about what I would want if my classroom could be redesigned. I know I'm not the only one!

If I could design my own classroom, here are my top ten things that I would want. My top thing would still be an Activboard but since I already have one, I am going to leave that off this list. I am including things that I don't have but wish I did.

(1) Storage, storage, storage.

My room doesn't have much storage. I am constantly try to find ways to store all my stuff and I have lots of stuff. I would love to have a closet or somewhere to put my stuff where I don't have to look at it all the time.

(2) Tables.

I love the idea of tables in a classroom. I hate how desks scoot all over the place and I am constantly having to rearrange them. Tables would be so great for group work and for getting kids to talk to meet those speaking and listening standards.

(3) an iPad for every student

I love my iPad and wish I could use it with every student. How much easier would it be to individualize instruction if every student had one? I think the iPad minis would be great because they would fit their little hands.

(4) a wonderfully organized and comfortable classroom library

I can't find where this library is from. If you know, please let me know so I can give you credit.

I would love to have room for a couch in my classroom. What kid wouldn't want to plop down on a  comfy couch to read?

(5)  a cubby area in the classroom

Several of the new schools in my district have a cubby area when you enter the room. I would love to have one! We have old lockers that the kids have a hard time opening. They won't hardly close all the way when their backpacks are in there. Drives me crazy!

(6) more bulletin boards

I have an entirely empty wall that could contain bulletin boards. I don't have much of a place to hang student work. More bulletin boards would solve my problem.

(7) magnetic whiteboard

It would be so much easier to hang things if my whiteboards were magnetic. 

(8) the ability to control the temperature

My district controls the temperature of our classroom's from a central location. I would love to adjust it based on my kids and the location of my room. My room gets sun at different parts of the day than the rooms across the hall. It may be freezing in my room but sweltering across the hall. Doesn't really make sense and makes us all uncomfortable.

(9) lights that are not fluoresecent

The lights give me a headache at times and can be really harsh. I would love to have more natural light in the classroom. 

(10) Hokki stools
These stools seem like the perfect solution to wiggly kids. The stools move but are stable enough to keep the kids safe as they sit. It's an interesting idea for sure!

I would love for you to join this linky party. If you can't link up today, this linky party will be open until next Tuesday. I would love to see what would be in your dream classroom.

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  1. I love your top ten! I have many of the same wishes-but the ability to control the temperature would be the best! It gets really hot here in South Florida and the temperature of our whole school is controlled downtown!

  2. What a fun topic! I love the idea of being able to control the temperature. We used to put a cup with an ice cube in it on the thermostat to great the heat to click on! Thanks for hosting!


    Leaping into Teaching

  3. I moving from a newish room to an old old room. I'm going from having a restroom, to not having a restroom.....gahhhh! I feel you,on the desk, I spent almost a whole hour yesterday just arranging desk and the were still not alligned to me. I'll be linking up this evening. Thanks for hosting!

    The Learning Chambers

  4. I would love to control my temperature too!!!

  5. I forgot to add the temperature one to mine...I always tell the kids to dress in layers as you never know what the temp. will be:) You have a great list!

    Primary Classrooms are Oceans of Fun

  6. I have some of the same top 10-- infact - I created two bulletin boards for my room, and bought lamps for better lighting this year!! :) Great list - loved to read it and the other links!

  7. My school was remodeled this year and we are getting all new furniture. The seats the second grade team chose were the Hokki Stools! I'm very excited and I'll have to let you know how it goes!

  8. 2, 3, and 4 would be in my top ten too! If only they would let teachers create their own classroom when they build!
    Rambling About Reading

  9. I agree with number 8 100%. We do not control our temperature either. I keep an extra coat at school and wear layers so I can get comfortable during the day.

    Oodles of Teaching Fun

  10. I agree with all 10, but those Hokki stools are new to me!

  11. I agree, I also prefer having classroom tables instead of desks. It conveys a much more informal setting which promotes more interaction between the students and I. I also allowed my students to create custom designs for their classroom tables. I gave them colored pencils, crayons, stencils, markers, and stickers to create their designs on colored construction paper. Then they taped their designs to their tables. They had a wonderful time!

  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose whiteboards are not magnetic! That library DOES look inviting!


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