Tina Maples' classroom is a place where students feel comfortable.
Homework for each of the students' core classes is recorded on this chart. At the end of the day, teachers go over the homework with students so they can check their assignment books.
Maples has converted the cabinets in her classroom to a library.
On reading days, Maples opens the cabinets so students can access the classroom library.
Samples of student work from previous years are available for current students to use as examples.
A student files a writing assignment for her portfolio.
Students can come to this bulletin board to get reading lists, weekly plan sheets, and other class information.
As part of a community building effort at the beginning of the year, students worked with partners in a center called "Words of Wisdom." They traced each other's silhouettes and found quotations that dealt with respect or community.
Maples decides to try having the class sit on the floor for their literature seminar.
Students listen to the discussion during the literature seminar.
Maples makes sure that students sit in diverse groups.
During a break, students move around the room to file paperwork and discuss work with other students.
Maples talks to a student about a book he recently read.
Maples confers with a student about an assignment.