• Thursday, February 2, 2017

    School Tour: My English Room (Elementary School ALT)

    One of the most disheartening things to me, when I first started teaching, was the fact that I didn't have my own classroom. (Heck, I didn't even have my own English board!) I knew an entire classroom dedicated to English was a lot to expect, especially because I'm not even technically a full time teacher!

    Though, I think it's more common to have English rooms in elementary schools (where they have an ALT for most days of the week). Your situation and experiences may be different than mine, because if there's one thing I've learned, it's that nothing is ever straight across the board.

    When I moved schools and my main school was an elementary school rather than a junior high, I got an English room. Technically, it's the "foreign language activities room" but English is the only foreign language offered so it's under my control creatively. Though, that's not to say that I'm the only one who gets use of the room exclusively.

    Nope. Every Monday afternoon, it's used for a teacher's meeting. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, it's used for an after school study hall. So, I really only use it for teaching (and rarely am able to use it to just get some alone time).

    The former ALT at my school was extremely dedicated and spent the last 8 years turning the English room into what it is today... So I definitely can't take credit for it! I only changed the chalkboard a bit. I would definitely like to say that I'm not responsible for the "Let's start English lesson" paper at the front.

    The front of the classroom. "Good Moorning [sic]"

    However, having an English room is a lot of responsibility. I wasn't aware of that at the time, nor was I aware of how much time and effort goes into giving a classroom life. Luckily for me, the former ALT had years to work on the room, and she left a lot of things the way they were when she used it. This meant that, apart from the back walls, everything was already colorful and fun looking. I've seen some of my friends who don't have this luxury, and are either challenged to fill everything up, or who just leave the walls blank.
    Front of the classroom--day, date, weather
    The left of the room: alphabets and random posters

    Back of the classroom. Where the students would keep their bags, but I use it for materials.

    Hand washing station, just in case!

    Some lesser-used material storage (song books, dictionaries, etc.)

    Teacher's Room Tour