This week I got to do my first classroom door decoration! Being someone who is happiest with glue and scissors in my hand, this was a ton of fun to do. My Cooperating Teacher (CT) and I talked about a way to do an interactive door where the kids could put something they learned or a question they still had after the lesson. A ticket out the door sort of thing. This is how it turned out.
The students may not get the Bloom’s Garden center (Blooms Taxonomy) reference, or the Webb’s Diving School (Webb’s Depth of Knowledge) one, but the teachers will. There’s the magic shop and the funny Einstein photo for the students. The kids will “park” their sticky notes with their big thoughts in the parking spaces on the door. We can use these to assess their understanding and see where we may need to reteach.
It ties directly in with out new classroom management tool using red cards and green cards:
Kids “park” their questions and comments on sticky notes to share during “green card” times. They can use these to park on the door as well.
It’s all a work in progress and I’m sure there will be updates to come on how it all works out. In the meantime, we have a super cute door decoration and lots of curiosity building for how we plan to use it!