Teachers love room tours! Choice Literacy asked extraordinary teachers from across the United States to guide viewers through their classrooms, demonstrating the links between learning and beautiful classroom design. Each tour is 5-10 minutes long, with teachers sharing strategies for:
- Creating vibrant wall displays;
- Organizing libraries to promote student independence;
- Making the most of low-cost and free materials;
- Displaying books in ways that pique student interest;
- Arranging lamps, rugs and seating for comfort and warmth; and
- Integrating your own sense of style into your classroom.
There are 12 classrooms from grades K-6 included on the DVD. Bonus tracks include tours of literacy rooms for teachers, and five bookrooms using different strategies for organizing books for grade-level team use.
You can view sample footage from the DVD below, a tour of a second-grade classroom (one of many featured on the DVD). Please be aware that compressed video on the web is much lower quality than that on the published DVD:
1. Introduction with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (“The Sisters”)
2. Kindergarten (Dublin, Ohio) Maureen Knostman gives a tour of her bright and lively classroom used in a half-day kindergarten program.
3. K-2 Multiage (Federal Way, Washington) In this excerpt from their Simply Beautiful video, Joan Moser and Gail Boushey give a tour of Joan’s K-2 classroom.
4. 1st Grade (Dublin, Ohio) Katie DiCesare shows how book and wall displays support literacy learning among her students.
5. 1st Grade (Kent, Washington) The first graders in Kelly Yahr’s classroom take responsibility for much of the writing displayed on the walls, as well as tending to the class library.
6. 2nd Grade (Snellville, Georgia) Cheryl Cole has created a “literacy playground” for her students, and she describes her innovative thinking about room design to her colleague Aimee Buckner.
7. 3-4 Multiage (Dublin, Ohio) Many teachers have to make many books, seats, and teaching materials fit into limited space. Franki Sibberson describes how she arranges her small classroom to maximize student learning.
8. 4th Grade (Dublin, Ohio) Andrea Smith discovers a classroom with a focus on exotic class pets and loads of nonfiction displays sparks student interest and motivation.
9. 4th Grade (Snellville, Georgia) Arrangements of books and materials in Aimee Buckner’s classroom reflect her keen interest in linking instruction in writer’s craft to high quality children’s literature.
10. 5th Grade (Dublin, Ohio) Karen Terlecky emphasizes the importance of displaying student understanding and concepts on the walls in her classroom.
11. 5th Grade (Kent, Washington) Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present many low-cost and lovely book display and seating area ideas from a colleague’s classroom.
12. 6th Grade (Portland, Oregon) Middle school teachers face the challenge of hosting 100 or more students each day in their classrooms. Katie Doherty shows how she creates an inviting environment for students that is still organized and makes efficient use of space.
13. Literacy Room (Waterville, Maine) Jennifer Allen sets up a model classroom for teachers to use for professional development, designing lessons, and selecting materials for instruction.
14. BONUS TRACK Dublin, Ohio Bookrooms Josie Stewart and Jessica Ardelea give tours of bookrooms undergoing makeovers to support more professional development use.
15. BONUS TRACK Federal Way & Kent, Washington Bookrooms Gail Boushey and Joan Moser give examples of three different bookroom styles for primary and intermediate students.
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