So now that we're back, it's time to get FOCUSED!
I've been meaning to post for a while about my Focus Wall. I had seen various versions of these in August when other bloggers posted their classroom set-up. (Not sure where some of these pics came from on Pinterest... you know how Pinterest can often lead you to a dead-end link, sorry.)
I thought most of the Focus Walls looked nice, but I wasn't sure if I could spare the wall space and it seemed as though there was a lot of "upkeep" to them.
So in September the front of my classroom held my CAFE wall.
As I got into the school year, I found that the CAFE wall took up a lot of valuable space... and we weren't really using it that effectively. We sometimes referred to it, but it seemed more decorative than useful. And then I felt that having such a large reading board left out our other learning. So in November, I put my CAFE wall in the back of the room (a little sad, but necessary).
We still use the CAFE board, but it now resides with my Math and Writing boards. It feels more balanced to have those subjects together.
... and I put the Focus Wall up in the front.
I keep it REALLY SIMPLE. Most of the time I simply write what we're learning in each area and we come up with examples to support our learning. Having my Focus Wall on my white board makes adding/changing it so easy. Sometimes I put up vocabulary cards or mini-posters if they go along with the skill we are learning. (Sorry the pic is so hard to see!)
The best part is the kids refer to it ALL DAY LONG! They love adding our skills up on Monday, and they ask to add more examples throughout the week. For example, in one of the pictures you can see that we were studying the short /o/ in Word Work. During reading group, the kids would point out short /o/ words and we would add more examples to the board.
My Focus Wall helps ME to stay focused too. I find myself referring to it often, and it reminds me to explicitly state what we are learning and why.
If you are looking for some subject headers for your Focus Wall, just click on the link below.
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On another note, I posted my Place Value Mats yesterday. I went to print them at school and they printed out all fuzzy, BOO HISS! Something happened with the resolution and the document got all funky. So, if you already saved them, go back to TPT and download them again. SO SORRY!
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