Last year, I began my teaching journey in a year 4 class with 28 students. Throughout the year I was always so intrigued by the shared spaces in our school, so when the opportunity came up to teach in one, I was stoked!
This year, I am teaching in a modern learning environment along side two other teachers - Matt and Kelsey. We now have about 100 energetic, bustling students in our space! Some people may think that's crazy, but I'm absolutely loving it. There have definitely been some challenges so far whilst I've been adjusting to a different type of learning environment. For example, getting to know so many more students (as we have different classes for maths and literacy) and learning how to engage my class whilst there are other things happening in the same space. However, I'm not at all stressed about these things as I know that everything happens in time and I now have so many more opportunities to learn from my fellow teachers since we share the same students! I am also thrilled as I have a large number of my students from last year who moved from year 4 to 5. It's super helpful as we've already built solid relationships and I've learnt how to engage them in their learning.
We've had a great start to the year and have set some solid routines. Next up, year 5/6 camp! It's going to be awesome.
Part of our shared space - my class (room 6) is in the corner.