Classroom Improvements - Together We Are Better Link Up

I'm linking up again with the fun Ashley and Angie for July's Together We Are Better.  This month we are sharing what we are going to be improving this upcoming year.  It can be about a physical area in our classroom or a teaching area we want to improve.

I think it's so important to reflect on our teaching every year and make improvements for the future.  Next year I have a few things I want to improve upon.  The first has to do with classroom furniture.

1. Classroom Tables
The tables my students use are meant for preschoolers.  They are the perfect size if you have less than 20 students.  Well, I had 31 students this past year and my poor kids were squeezed together pretty tight.
So the first thing I'm doing is replacing these tables.  I fortunately found a kindergarten teacher that wanted squared tables that fit four students at a time, and she had rectangular tables that are thinner but fit six students at a time.  So we are trading! I am so excited about this move!  I will be able to comfortably fit 30 students in the classroom without it feeling like a sardine can :-)

2. Word Wall Usage
This was my word wall at the beginning of the year and... oops! This is how it looked at the end of the year :( In my defense, my kids had individual word walls in their folders, but I wanted to add to our word wall and make it interactive.  So the plan is to actually add words to it this year.  What I'm wondering now is, what kind of words would be the best to add for first graders?  In second grade we were always encouraged to use the words from our basal/story of the week, but the kids never referred to them no matter what we did.  The first 200 Fry's words are already in their folders, so I'm wondering what words would be best to use.  If you have any suggestions, please share with me :-)

3.  Storage
As you can see in the picture above, I have tons of storage.  The problem is that I have way too much stuff inside these cabinets.  This summer I'm going in a little earlier than usual to organize, donate, or toss what is in there.  My hope is that I can keep what I will actually use and not stuff that I think I will "maybe" need one day.

What changes are you making next year?  Link up for 2Gether We Are Better and share below:


  1. Thanks for linking up with us again! I always enjoy reading your posts! Your guilty confession cracks me up! The new tables look great but I have to admit that I think it's absolutely crazy that you teach THAT MANY kids in a primary classroom! You are a saint!
    Lucky Little Learners

  2. I love how your post tackles so many problems we all have! I has 31 first graders a few years ago too, and you really do feel like sardines in the classroom! My curriculum requires me to teach the word list from our basal readers (old school) but I am interested in creating some personal words for my kids too. I would love hear what words you decide to use and how you are going to display your words. My word wall is currently magnetic which is great for interactive activities and updates.

    Polka Dots Please

  3. Love the word wall!! I need to implement one this year too!

  4. I, too, appreciate your honesty! I had installed hooks below my white board with cute alphabet covers - thinking I would add words to rings and hang them there. But I never did because the students would have to flip through to see them. ;) I have a cabinet wall similar to yours, but smaller. I could use that space - but can't decide which words to add!! When you decide which words you will use, will you please write about it? Or, just let me know...
    One of your biggest fans,
    Linda aka lindalouhoo

  5. Guilty confession time, friend.... I have the SAME confession about my word wall. OOPS!!!! :) #there'salwaysnextyear :) I can't WAIT to meet you so so soon!!!! Thanks SO much for linking up with us!!

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd


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