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If you could create your own long range, year long plan for kindergarten, what would the perfect classroom look like to you?

I am a K teacher at a private school with lots of autonomy, ie no Common Core, no standardized testing, no RTI...

I am redesigning my year and moving away from "letter of the week" to something better, deeper and more meaningful. 

What are your ideas for this fantasy???...which may become my reality!!!

I'd really like to develop a fabulous year full of engaging moments and learning memories!

Centers? Daily 5? Maker movement? Project based learning?

Any ideas in all areas would be helpful, especially if you are in the same place as I am with autonomy!

Happy August!

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Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
Teaching Middle School 'Technology, Engineering & Design' in Northfield, NJ

What a wonderful opportunity!

Are you familiar with the work of Reggio Emilia?

What sort of budget if any do you have?

What parent / community resources can you bring to bear?

Finally, are you on Twitter? Lots of people on #kinderchat would love to help!

Best, kj

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

Blank slate opportunity- fantastic!! I think you've suggested some very solid student centered ideas.

Cafe daily 5 is very empowering to young students in my first and second grade classroom. Project based learning integrated across the curriculum can enable 5 year olds to share their genuine energy and excitement.

Keep us posted how this progresses with what is successful and what you decide doesn't fit your students or teaching style.

M Shafer's picture
M Shafer
Third grade teacher in the Midwest

You don't mention math, but for that consider Marilyn Burns work. Although you don't have to do Common Core, be very familiar with the standards so you can make educated choices where you diverge. Also, how about writers workshop?

Jen's picture

I love your set up, it looks very engaging and appropriate. What does your curriculum look like? Can you tell me more about what occurs on a daily basis? What is a typical day on your room?

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Ask the kids and go from there.

What do you love?

What do you want to do?

What's makes you laugh?

What makes you cry?

Build your content and systems around the humans in your class.

Check out Nancie Atwell's School. I interned there. Sounds like the school you want to visit to see "real" education at work.

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