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Building a Classroom on a Budget

IMG_2158Did you move to a new grade/new school/new job (or any combination of these) this year? Are you thinking, "Help! I don’t have anything"? Believe me, whether you are new to the teaching profession or new to your grade, we have all been in your position. Teachers are notorious for spending out of their own pockets for their classrooms, but also for finding creative ways to turn "finds" into learning tools. As we begin the new year, I would like to offer some tips I have learned along the way for building a classroom on a budget.

Photo: The furniture for our reading area, including the bookshelves and the table, were all donated.

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What Can You Do to Nurture a Classroom of Readers?

IMG_2098Kids have to be allowed to read just for the pleasure of reading. Let them make their own choices on what they want to read as much as you can.

As I began moving my classroom to its new location, I found myself wondering how in the world I had amassed so much "stuff." I have a penchant for borders, colorful objects, and an interesting assortment of things I collected because "I might be able to use them sometime." However, my largest load, by far, was the books I have amassed over the years. It helped me realize what, in teaching, is closest to my heart: reading!

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Greetings From Top Teaching Advisor Kristy

Mall_Kristy_p_xlg I believe that teachers are some of the most important people in the world! We have the awesome responsibility of shaping the future with every interaction that we have with our students! That, and the fact that I love learning and kids, is what helped me choose to become a teacher. I wanted to leave a “positive footprint” in the world, and what better way to do that than to teach?

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