Rockin' Classroom Transformation
I had my calendar marked for September 20th for months. As soon as Get Your Teach On announced this summer that they were hosting a world-wide initiative to boost engagement in schools, my mind was spinning with ideas. Should I do a classroom transformation? Should I do games? How will the day flow? What are some ideas from Pinterest that could help? I was super pumped and could not wait to get this day going in my classroom, within my grade-level, and across our school.
In case you didn't hear about it, Rock Your School by Get Your Teach On took over the social media world! GYTO's purpose behind this day was to get teachers out of their comfort zone and "to create an out-of-the-box educational experience for your students." This year, over 30,000 educators participated from all over the world, and it was nothing less than amazing to see what was happening on Instagram and Facebook! I wanted to share with you all what I did in my room on that day (yes, nearly 2 months later but better late than never, right?!), as well as share some resources that I used that could be used any day of the year.
Since the title of the challenge was "Rock Your School," I went with a rock-n-roll theme in my classroom. I found an inflatable rock-n-roll decorations pack on Amazon that was my inspiration for the rotations my students would be participating in.
Station 1: Song Writer's Circle
Station 2: Sound Check
seesaw as an ongoing online portfolio. Therefore, I added this piece into the day so I could check to make sure everyone was doing this correctly still. Plus, it worked out nicely to go with the theme of the day.
Station 3: Meet & Greet
Station 4: Main Stage
The best part about this day was how excited my students were coming to school. I had sent "tickets" home a week before to inform my parents about our day and encourage the students to dress up. When they arrived to school that day, they received "All Access Passes" for the day which added some fun and excitement.
What did you do to Rock Your School in September? Have you tried anything since then? Share your ideas!!