The walls of a Kristen Hyde’s exemplary second grade classroom reflect a learning classroom environment.
Kristen’s lessons are collaboration and instruction. She writes their thinking on a large sheet of chart paper. When they’ve finished the lesson, that paper goes up on the wall for reference, continued learning and reflection.
I randomly stopped by – nothing pre-planned – and took pictures of her walls. You’ll see evidence of higher level thinking, group collaboration, strategy instruction, and more. Here’s what I saw.
Remember, much of the time the language is exactly what a student said. Kristen writes it down. When a student said “not loud”, Kristen wrote that down and added “quiet”.
Also, I cropped the photos to keep them a consistent size. Some of the charts got cut off.
Look at all this on the wall. Can you tell what Kristen is teaching? Can you tell what the students know? Can you tell what the class is learning?
Amazing stuff, isn’t it?