{Peek of the Week} A Peek into Courtney's 5th Grade Classroom - Teaching with a Mountain View

{Peek of the Week} A Peek into Courtney’s 5th Grade Classroom

Peek of the Week is back, and I have so many beautiful classrooms to share with you!  I have been on a little blogging hiatus over the summer while spending quality time with my family, and it has been so wonderful!  Alas, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and I'm thrilled to share Courtney's 5th grade classroom tour with you!

I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney from the blog Ramona Recommends while in Las Vegas for the Teachers Pay Teachers conference.  She is as sweet as can be and passionate about what she does!  She's also very patient with me, considering she sent me her pictures months ago!

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So, here it is.. Courtney's adorable classroom!

Courtney deserves major kudos!  She put together a beautiful classroom in a really short period of time.  She got her classroom just SEVEN days before school started, and it turned out so wonderfully! 
Here is a picture of her room right before the first day of school.

And a few more shots throughout the year.  I love all those windows she has!

What a fun grade book this is!  Whatever it takes to make grading more fun, you just have to do it! πŸ™‚
I really like this Power Point that shows students exactly what Courtney expects.  It's always better to prepare kids ahead and get the results you are hoping for than do it over and over again.

Aren't these the cutest decorations her friends made for her?  LOVE!

Courtney is a big fan of task cards (love that!) and she has them displayed beneath her white board.  I think this is a great use of otherwise difficult-to-use space.

Here are Courtney's student assessment guides.  She has the students rate their understanding after every lesson or big idea.

I am a huge proponent of building community in your classroom, and student RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) are such a great way to do that.  They can do these for people around the school and each Friday, Courtney delivers the completed forms to the recipients.

I like this peek at her white board.  She has the Voice Levels (from Amy Grosebeck), Catch-Up, May Do, and Must-Do signs (so clever), table points, etc.

Here is Courtney's writing wall.  I love that she can change this throughout the year without having to take down the entire bulletin board!

Here's a look at Courtney's reading wall.  She has these awesome Talking with the Text posters and Reading comprehension posters from The Brown Bag Teacher.

Reading Bingo is such a cute idea!  She says students can pick up their book report form from this wall when they need a new form.

Thank you so much, Courtney, for letting us take a peek into your room!  I can't wait to see your classroom this year!

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