I have my students on a number system. I alphabetized them by first name when I became their teacher in November. Then I assigned them each a number. This helps me (and my volunteers) see who is missing assignments, and allows me to put grades in my grade book a lot faster. The kids love having numbers. Who knew something so simple could make them so happy? Ha!
On Friday, I rearranged my classroom and got rid of my "teacher's desk". There's so much more room now! I really needed to move my small group instruction table to another location in my classroom. Some of my students were distracted by what's going on outside the window - which is nothing since we're on the 2nd floor and you can't see anything but a bare tree. Now we're in a better spot. I'll share pictures later this week or next Monday. I'm still in the process of rearranging and tweaking. LOVING my classroom now! =]