And I could keep all of my decor, I just had to rearrange it a bit so all colors were together to represent a particular subject.
Each subject in our class has the same basic elements to keep it color-coded and organized. Here’s a peek at our color-coding for Writer’s Workshop:
1. Bins: Students pass in any assignments during the day in these bright buckets.
2. Charts: I use large pieces of bright chart paper that I’ve laminated to create our anchor charts (I am NOT the best chart-maker…working on that one!). We create the large ones together on these laminated sheets, then I type them up onto smaller sheets to refer to later.
3. Markers: We use coordinating chalk markers to mark the following on each bulletin board:
- essential question
- key vocabulary
- our strategies
I’m honestly not sure if I will use these markers in the same way next year or not. They are pricey, but they do pop nicely across the room. It’s been a great visual for my students this year.
The next stop in the hop is Tech with Jen! Jen has a post all about Keyboarding Skills for your students and you can click on the button below to read all about it. I will see you there because that’s where I’m headed first!