Four Corners 24/31 #sol23

There are no corners without books. That’s the first thing you notice. Teaching books in the corner with my desk, which is just a table because I don’t need drawers that will only get messy. New arrivals on a shelf by the door. Sports in the back corner. And appealing stacks on the large vents surround the plant corner.

Front left: The snacks live in the cupboard behind my table. I don’t see how any classroom functions without snacks. I get to know so many kids I don’t actually teach, because everyone knows I’ve got snacks. And snacks lead to bigger conversations. Please have a granola bar–and now help me understand why you’re failing 3 classes and what you’re going to do about it. Today. Right now. While you’re eating that granola bar.

Front right: The supplies live on a table by the door. Pens, pencils (I’ve gone through thousands of pencils this year; where do they go??), paper, masks, band-aids, bookmarks, tissues. Each student table also has a supply caddy with pens, pencils, glue sticks, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, and sticky notes. We love snacks and supplies in Room 321.

Back left: The plant corner, a new development in my classroom this year. I tried to have a plant last year and mostly killed it. But this year, I’ve mostly kept them alive! I enjoy the three orchids best. They have bloomed for months, and the one that lost all its blooms is now covered in buds.

Back right: A design feature of my school is that each classroom has a window in the back corner that looks into the classroom next door. I’m probably lucky that the teacher next door has her desk in that corner so that when my students look through the window, all they see is her at her desk doing mathy things.


This idea came from Megan’s Slice of Life. (And also took me more than 4 minutes!)






15 responses to “Four Corners 24/31 #sol23”

  1. Susan Kennedy Avatar

    So many things to love about how you’ve artfully arranged your space. Snacks and tough talk, I’m here for that. Supplies, check. Plants. Well maybe there safety in numbers. I should give that a try but I don’t have much light. I settle for cut flowers.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ooh, cut flowers are a wonderful idea! I can’t have them at home because of my cats but I expect my students would LOVE cut flowers in the classroom.

  2. Suzanne Avatar

    Great idea for writing but also for naming your things and why they are there. I wonder if this activity gave you pause anywhere. Did you think, wow, clever of me to do this!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The biggest pause was realizing I don’t have any photos that show my very non-Instagram classroom as it is. These photos were taken when it was first set up before students arrived and things got much more lived in LOL.

  3. arjeha Avatar

    OK. Love the cat on the bookcase. With this kind of set up students are surrounded by books, which is as it should be. Having snacks for the students is a great way to make them feel comfortable open up.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Gotta have my classroom cats! I have a student who is now drawing a cat illustration for me each week, and I love adding those to the wall. Yes to being surrounded by books!

  4. WOWilkinson Avatar

    This is a fun way to tour another classroom. I’m not sure I’d like a window into another classroom very much though.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s a huge help that the teacher next door is my work bestie. But it’s a weird design for a school to be sure. Our old admin made us cover the windows with posters or paper, but the new admin found it looked messy and believes that solid classroom management would keep kids from being disruptive gesturing to their friends in another room. I mean…. sometimes??

  5. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    Such a wonderful peek into your room. “No corners without books” should be a classroom motto! I chuckled at the supply corner because I am a sucker for supplies and everyone knows who to come to when they need something.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I introduced my students recently to washi tape, and let me tell you, it was a HUGE hit! They love supplies too. And it’s interesting to me what happens when the supplies are there: kids begin doing more creative things with their work!

  6. WriterTammy Avatar

    What a cute idea for a slice and wonderful to see your room! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love my room! I do miss the river view from my old classroom, but I think our space is cozy and pleasant and inviting. I love how space itself can do some of the work of gaining students’ trust and helping them understand my values as a teacher.

  7. […] post was inspired by Megan and Elisabeth and focuses on four things in four corners of my classroom. As I worked on this post, I realized […]

  8. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Books, snacks, supplies, and plants to boot! Love this format and peek into you class. Setting really drives the story in your classroom.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Setting does drive the story in my classroom! I especially love when visiting kids I don’t teach are excited about the books and want to check them out!

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