Hi!! So I realized this picture was perhaps a bit too sunny (it just streams through the windows all morning) but then I thought it gave my easel a kind of glow around it–which reflects my feelings perfectly because I LOVE MY EASEL!
So, I remember reading about Katie’s (The Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher) awesome easel back when she shared her beautiful classroom this summer. I love how she set up her whole-group meeting area for her students. And even though I’ve always had a carpet area (thanks to Donors Choose!) I’ve never had an easel for my class.
Well, about seven days into our school year, I kept thinking about Katie’s whole-group meeting area and how much I wanted that kind of space for my students (they just love sitting on the carpet!).
I really wanted to find one that could fold up for easy storage during vacations, so I did a bit of searching and one of the first sites that popped up was for a sidewalk dry erase board! Kind of strange, I know, but I thought that anything that could withstand the elements could definitely survive a 5th grade classroom!
It has a handle at the top so you can lift it up and close it…
A shiny surface that’s really smooth to write on and easy to erase…
And it is double-sided! (I use the other side to post dates and times of upcoming events).
I anchored it against the end of our bookcases and, underneath, added some little shelves to store dry erase markers, tape, erasers, etc (still setting up this part)…
And that’s my easel! It is so great to have a more cohesive whole-group meeting area now!
What kind of tools/resources do you like to use in your whole-group meeting area? Thanks for visiting my very neglected blog…I have missed talking to everyone!