Hello out there! I thought it might be fun to give you guys a little peek into my classroom!
I teach Language Arts in a 5th Grade classroom to two different homerooms. I love my block and am fortunate enough to work for a district that puts a lot of trust into their teachers when it comes to teaching our standards. Here are a few of my favorite places in my room that help me promote and share my love for reading with my kids...
First up, my library!
I moved my IKEA shelves to make more room in the reading area. I like how it looks, but this area is getting a major overhaul this summer. Right now, my two black bookshelves hold "books in a series," and the two tall shelves are separated by genre!
I liked the look of the library more at the beginning of the year:
I will find a solution, I'm going for a minimalistic look, but that's hard when you are trying to build up your library and book selection!
Here is a shot of my Reading Graffiti Wall:
Here we use markers or white colored pencils AND crayons to write quotes that stuck out for us in different stories! Our wall is packed and I fully plan on keeping this a focal point of the classroom next year. The kids LOVE it and it helps them find more books to read!
Here is my latest reading addition to my classroom:
It's so important as a reading teacher that I read. If you're a teacher, you should be making time to read, too. How will you ever pass on the enthusiasm for reading if you. don't. read?? Kids pick up on our attitudes and I think it's just rude to expect your kids to read everyday when you don't. #sorrynotsorry
Share that reading is something you do outside of school, it's something you do for FUN! Otherwise, kids can easily be convinced that reading kind of stinks with all the worksheets and reading logs. BLEH, that's a whole other can of worms I won't open!
Your environment can be very influential! What are you doing to make your room inviting for readers?