|Day 8 of 31 at TWT!|
Anyway, today I have one more glimpse to share of my life with Rollsie. How do I function without walls of my own? No whiteboard with which to create a homework-posting area and display the day's scheduled activities. No walls to hang posters on for student reference or developing curiosity. (I love Linda's idea of hanging a poster on my cart and changing it every week, but none of mine seem to be the right size, and Rollsie's already so full I don't know where I would put it that wouldn't block something essential!)
To solve the homework board problem, I just got a portable whiteboard and re-created my homework board on it. Since I'm rather obsessed with color coding, like Diana, I always color-code the board. (I like to pretend that it helps the kids, at least!) There's not much on it this week, but usually red is required homework, blue is optional homework, and orange is for when assignments are due.
|the traveling hw board, easily set on any small piece of board tray I can get my hands on!|
Unfortunately, there's just no logistical way to also have a place to write the plans for the day, so I just have to live without that. Too bad, because the kids acquire significant vocabulary from the posted plans (I always write them in Spanish) -- they really remember words like "game", "video", etc! Sadly, that's just one of those things that we have to do without. (For myself, I carry the plans on my clipboard, as I mentioned yesterday.)
The other big essential item is the daily routine board. When I got this job three years ago, I spent an entire weekend (no really, the WHOLE weekend) covering a tri-fold board in contact paper for durability, putting Velcro on it for each question and answer, and laminating/cutting out all the paper pieces. Husband and I (poor thing, he always gets stuck helping!) were ready to collapse by the time we got it done, but it's been AMAZINGLY durable and easy to use. Even when I've had a room, I've just set it up on a whiteboard tray and kept using it.
|Every day we do feelings, weather, days of the week, the date, and the time (7th graders only). |
The board also displays the word of the day and important classroom phrases (i.e. "Can I go to the bathroom?") for reference.
One student runs the routine each day. He or she finds all the answers first and then asks the questions, calling on other students to answer and putting up the answers as they say them. When I have a room, all the possible answers (and weather pictures) are in bins on a nearby table, but when I'm using Rollsie, they're in bags on the back flaps of the board.
|the routine board closed up, showing storage on the back flaps|
Best of all, both the homework board and routine board are the perfect size to fit on top of Rollsie for transportation. (That was really just a fortunate coincidence -- I'm not THAT organized!)
|Ready to roll! (The routine board is under the hw board.)|