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Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I'm moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new rug for the meeting area (the kind with the squares in bright colors), setting up a very large classroom library, and putting labels and color… Continue reading Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

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Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

Ro left a comment a couple of days ago asking about meeting areas in upper elementary school classrooms. I've been corresponding with her, but thought that it might be useful to open up a bit of my thinking on the site. I believe it was Don Graves who said that having the kids in your… Continue reading Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

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Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area

Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew I'd no longer use in my apartment. However, I thought it might be nice to put these items in my new classroom, which is exactly… Continue reading Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area