Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Teaching with Intention- Chapter 1

I am super excited to participate in my first ever book study!! This book study is focusing on the book Teaching with Intention by: Debbie Miller  and it is hosted by Greg over at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard :) This week I am linking up with some amazing teacher bloggers to discuss chapter 1 of Teaching with Intention!! Make sure to visit their blogs to see what other teachers are saying about this chapter :) 

So here it goes........

My ideal classroom is a classroom where the students are always engaged and always talking with one another. I have tables instead of desks in my classroom and I think that this is the best decision that I have made! Tables gives the students the opportunity to walk around and not feel like they have to stay at their desk. All materials would be organized and available for all students to use whenever they need. I would like people to feel happy and enthusiastic when they enter my room. I love bright colors so each one of my bulletin boards are covered in neon paper and bright borders to help the space feel fun and inviting. The library area has all of my books organizes in bright pink and black bins according to genre and reading level. Since I have a self contained class with students on all different reading levels I have a variety of books ranging from level AA-Z :) Lots of books means lots of bins! 

The students are working either independently or with other students even when the teacher is not teaching a specific mini lesson. I think that a successful classroom is one where the students feel comfortable enough to be talking and working with other students and not feel that they have to work silently or alone. I think that Debbie Miller describes an ideal classroom in my eyes. 

I already have a very wealthy classroom library and space in which students can go sit on the rug with either a pillow or sit upon to read quietly. The fact that I have tables for the students to work at during the day instead of desks I think helps facilitate the student led classroom aspect of my ideal classroom. I have a daily schedule posted on the board so that the students are aware of what is planned for the day and they can see when their pullouts are happening. My students have become so used to their schedules that they can go where they need to go without having to be reminded.  

Even though I think that I am on the way to my ideal classroom I am always learning and trying to improve what I do in my classroom. One aspect that I need to work on is trying to not let things pile up on my desk throughout the day! The mess drives my INSANE!! I am just so busy working with students that i will throw things in a pile and leave them there. I also am going to work on my library. I love the idea of my library and I know that it can be better.....Since I have such a wide variety of levels I have to come up with a better system for students to take books out and make sure that the students are choosing books that they can read independently. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this very long post! Check back next week for thought on chapter 2 :) I can't wait to keep reading!!! 


  1. Thanks for linking up!!! I totally agree with the tables. I am currently trying to get rid of my all together, but I wouldn't want desks for anything!!! I loved reading this post!

    Enchanted Kinder Garden

  2. Oh desks drive my crazy! I teach kindergarten and I am so glad I have tables. Classroom libraries are just the best! Organizing the library is hard. I already have a different idea for mine. I've changed my library (it's location, labels, or size) each year for the past 3 years. Enjoy your summer!

  3. I think most teachers struggle with the messy desk syndrome. I think that just means you are spending your time on whats really important! I am all for organization, but sometimes in the real world you just have to pile it up and keep on teaching :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  4. I love tables too! I can't imagine having desks. Love the "team" feel of the tables. I would love to see how you have your library organized! Let me know if you ever do a post on it... I am thinking of re-organizing mine this summer!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Primary Possibilities

  5. So glad to have joined this book study, thanks for helping to put it together. Great way for me to reflect and plan for the new year! I definitely need to reorganize my library and make it a larger area on our room. I took out most of our tables after spring break and the students have a choice of sitting at a table, standing at a table or working on the rug. I spoke with them about the change before doing it and they were all on board so it helped the transition. I think student buy in is a huge!