Last week I spent time in several primary classrooms at Arrowhead, Broadwater, Highland, Eagle Cliffs and Beartooth Elementary schools. I was so happy to be in the classrooms, meeting new students and helping the teachers with whatever they needed. In Mrs. Risser's 1st grade classroom at Arrowhead, I loved all of the blank space (I can't help singing a little Taylor Swift whenever I say that) on her walls. It showed me that she is very student centered, and she is waiting for her students to help her decorate the space with their artwork, writing and ideas.
While visiting Mrs. Niemeyer's 1st grade at Eagle Cliffs, I got to participate in an unplanned fire drill. Wahoo! :) I loved how she is organizing her classroom, giving students space to store their 1:1 iPads and other learning materials on shelves situated by each pod of desks. This will save so much time by keeping all necessary supplies organized and close to each student.
I also love how Mrs. Niemeyer intentionally balances technology in her classroom with hands-on learning experiences. It is important that students have opportunities to use tech in meaningful ways, but that this is balanced by traditional learning experiences. Here, students practiced spelling their names with a tactile fine motor activity, tracing and building their names using glue and Fruit Loops.