Have you ever thought of giving your classroom an identity? So often we set up our classroom to be this universal setting that is focused on Social Studies, English, Math, or Science. So we put up a few posters and decorate a bulletin board. Is that giving your room an identity. Create a setting. If you teach English and Language Arts, have you tried to make your classroom to be more of a relaxing environment (couches, an arm chair, coffee cups or tea cups for students to use, etc.)? If you teach History, have you put items in your room that are historical and connected tot he content that you teach? Does your homeroom have a name? You could use a theme such as weather or Mythical creatures (The tornadoes or Lightening Bolts or Dragons and Leprechauns). These titles could be used for grade level competitions. You could also work the theme into the design of your classroom. Share your thoughts on this topic. Let me know if this is something you would be willing to try or have tried.
Does anyone have a summer reading list that they assign for their students? Last summer I assigned, Peter and the Starcatchers, The Magician's Nephew, and The Year of the Hangman. Thinking of switching it up a bit.