There are many words that teachers use to describe their classrooms. Student Centered, hands-on, fun, rigorous, diverse. I could go on and on. But if you were asked to choose 1 picture that sums up your classroom, could you do it?
The other day, in my 3rd grade classroom, I stood up after being on the floor helping a student with our math for the day and I just looked around. There were kids spread out in every corner of the room. Paper tape sprawled everywhere. Unfix cubes in rows and piles. Markers, Crayons, Pencils on the floor within an arms reach. Students working and chatting quietly about making number lines based on different multiples. I looked around and all I could do was smile and enjoy the view. Smile because what I saw made me say "Yeah, this is my room!" Messy, hands-on, collaborative, discovery. Students engaged and a central part of their learning. I had found the picture that perfectly described our room...and I wouldn't have it any other way!
If you were asked to find a picture that described your classroom, could you find it?