Welcome to my classroom page. Here I post photos of my classroom from time to time so you see how I arrange(d) my student desks and furniture and for what reason. Newest photos are near the top. Older photos are towards the bottom. You can click on the images to enlarge them.
June 2017 – I left traditional public education to work for a charter school instead. This is my current work space which allows for true small group direct instruction of up to eight students at a time when I am not in a traditional classroom on site.
September 2014 – This year I decided I like having rows of desks in pairs. This easily allows for individual work, paired work, or as the second photo above shows, easy development to groups of four for peer work with more students.
January 2014 – The Bill of Rights activity was left on the walls to act as a great reference tool for both Criminal Behavior students (many of whom had me for Introduction to Law & the Legal System the semester prior) as well as the American Government students.
November 2013 – The next major event for Introduction to Law & the Legal System students after their mock crime scene was a mock trial. Students practiced roles and background for each position in the court. We also went through three mock trials before one was used as a performance based final assessment for the course.
August 2011 – In order to help students struggling with geography I posted up a large map of the world in my classroom windows. A great unexpected benefit from doing this was it gave foreign exchange students a great place to go to show people where they are from at any time during the day.
November 2009 – World History students posters from the French Revolution and timeline projects are put back up around the top of the room. These students are now returning to me as seniors and I wanted to show the connections between what they had done in World History with what we were going to be doing in American Government.
February 2008 – Computer desk placed in the center of the room so students can be rotated through and assist in presenting digital material for the current lesson and thus get experience using a computer and its features.