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.
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.