Here is an organizational chart I use to give my students ownership of the space from the first day of school. I print pictures of the materials we have and locations in the classroom and glue them on sticky notes for easy manipulation. Then together we discuss where it makes sense to keep the different materials. When someone makes a suggestion, I invite other ideas and then we do a casual vote. I usually have a sense of how I'd like it to go, but this process gives students a say and is much more meaningful for them!
—Lauren Bakian Akker, 4th-grade teacher, PS 110, Manhattan; follow Lauren at @nofrillsclassroom on Instagram!
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