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Undoing the Decorating

It's funny...at the beginning of the school year, and as the year progresses, we decorate our rooms with a variety of things. This year, I have added so many more math-concept related items in my room, thanks to the fantastic ideas I have seen on Pinterest. I often feel, though, that the students don't notice these posters, charts, etc, and that the things I've worked to create just kind of fade into the background.

BUT, as I've started taking things down as state testing approaches, it's been funny to hear the kids' comments as they come into the room. I had taken just a few items down on Thursday, and on Friday, I heard... "Mrs. N, your room seems strange," "Your room is weird today," "I can see the whole blackboard," "Why does it seem so empty in here," and so on.....I can't wait to hear what they say on Monday and Tuesday!

As we did some review yesterday, it was a little bit amusing to see the students look for the property posters on my closet doors and then seem a little distressed to find that they were gone. I don't think they realized how much they used them as a reference ......and maybe I didn't either.

The number lines aren't coming down until Monday afternoon - they take up so much space above my boards and it will look sooo empty without them. I know some people cover their items with other paper, but for me, it's just as easy to take them down and then put them back up.


Happy weekend!


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