I used to love setting up my room at the beginning of the year; I was refreshed after holidays, full of new ideas, and ready for a new school year! I would scour the Internet, looking for inspiration to turn my classroom into a place that both the students & I would love to spend our days in. A classroom that was colourful, without being too zany, a classroom that showcased the students' work, and also inspired them, and a classroom that was organised and made sense to everyone who worked in it. Before Pinterest I used to print off classroom photos I found on the Internet & make up a folder of things I wanted to try. Now it's so much easier with Pinterest. I've become slightly obsessed with clicking that little red 'pin it' button! While searching for photos I did notice that there weren't a huge amount
I love books! So much in fact, that at one point I considered opening my own little book store. The economic realities of such a venture stopped me. I'm always looking for new books to add to my own private collection though. On my Facebook page we often have people asking for book recommendations. This post is something I've been wanting to do since I started Relief Teaching Ideas; create a list of book recommendations, made by teachers, for teachers! Thank you to all of those who contributed their favourite books that they like to use in the classroom. I've started compiling people's answers, adding them to some of my own, and now have this document to share. It is still very much a work in progress. There are so many more books that can be added and more learning opportunities that can be inspired by these pieces of literature!
FOLLOWER QUESTION Kim asks: "Hi, I've just been asked to be school SEP- Special Ed teacher tomorrow and I don't know what to expect. Has anyone had much experience in this field?" Relief Teaching Ideas - I haven't had very much experience in this field but I would make an educated guess to say that the students would be working on a set program & activities would be left for them to do. I would also assume that there would be education assistants who would be working with you & they will be able to point you in the right direction as far as schedules, routines, student backgrounds & where resources are kept. Good luck! It sounds like a really good experience! I love the variety of classes & lessons that goes along with being a relief teacher! Sarah - I had a day in one today and it was