July 26, 2011 by k. liz
So . . . I know I haven’t posted here for a while, but I’m not teaching right now!! So, sadly, I’m not really living on educational ideas right now! Right now, I am actually enjoying some of beautiful Colorado with my husband and his family. But, our departure date for Turkey is coming quickly, and so I, of necessity, and starting to churn some ideas in my head.
Here is my latest idea. Now, mind you, I am moving from the University Prep School to Kindergarten this year, so I am hoping to hear some feedback on this idea from those of you with more experience. So, here goes!
Okay, my idea is to create several large laminated spaces for my classroom wall. One of those spaces would be the classroom itself, one would be the bathroom, one the office, and maybe a few others. Next, I would create some little laminated people with the students names on them. (I would also possibly have the students decorate one to represent themselves.) During the day, it would be the students’ responsibility to move their person around if they are going to the bathroom, or the office, etc. Also, there would be a home section, and the students would move their person into the classroom when they arrive, and into home when they are leaving. This would accomplish two objectives: one, I would always know where my students are; two, it will give my students the vocabulary for “Where are you?” and some specific locations. Also, I think that it would help some with the language barrier that will invariably be there for the first few weeks.
So . . . what do you think? Has anyone already done this? Do you foresee any problems or areas of improvement?