Yikes! I just realized that it was ONE YEAR ago today that I officially started this crazy little blog off mine! I have a one-year anniversary giveaway in the works that will kick off this weekend! THANK YOU to everyone who has joined me on this journey! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a part of the blogging family....even if I struggled with the balance of keeping up with it during this first year! ;)
I have a question for you - Do you have certain things that you are required to post in your classroom? Over the past few years it seems that this list has been growing in our district/school. We just received an email yesterday from our principal that just made me cringe.
It started off by saying to remember that LESS is more when decorating your classroom. Put up only the essential items on walls to begin the school year.
Wonderful - agreed!
But, then it went on to list these "essentials" -
1. Word Wall
2. Calendar Math
3. Counting Tape
4. Data Board (place to graph all student data throughout the year)
5. State Writing Rubric (poster-sized and student friendly)
6. Editor's Checklist (poster-sized and student friendly)
7. School SOAR Expectations (school-wide behavior rules - poster-sized)
8. Daily Essential Question Board
9. Covey 7 Habits
10. Leave space for class anchor charts and student work to be posted during the first month of school
Geez!! When did our classrooms become so cookie-cutter? When did the "higher-ups" get to decide what our individual students need? Ugh! Maybe it's just the rebel in me not wanting to be TOLD exactly what needs to be on my classroom walls and when!
Students never even glance at most of the stuff on the list above, so much of it is just a WASTE and then there's not room to post things that I know they truly need and would use!
Then, the email ended with "There is such as thing as too much information. We have more and more students with attention issues and they are easily overstimulated with a lot of things on the walls."
Ya think??? I'm not even ADD and I'm overstimulated by just LOOKING at that list of things to post!!
So, I'm asking you....what, if anything does your school/district require you to post on the walls of your classroom?