I will be teaching 6th grade math in the fall, and I have been trying to come up with an underlying theme for my classroom that my students will relate with, but won't feel so 'elementary'...
I know many students these days are very technology savvy and I thought it would be fun to do an 'iPhone' theme.
Here's what I have so far...
iClass/iSchool Bulletin Board - A large scale replica of an iPhone home screen with different 'app' buttons that can be for each class they have, different extra curricular activities, holidays, etc. (Obviously these could change as the year goes along...) Also, students could create their own 'app' with something they love and I could switch them out every so often!
iCal - Recreate the apple calendar in a large size bulletin board that's dry erase. This can be updated with important school dates, student birthdays, important test dates, etc.
iLaugh - a poster with a weekly joke or fun photo?
iWork (Would love a more creative name for this one) - basically a 'outstanding work' board with student's work!
The last thing I'm still pondering.... 'iCash' which would be a classroom money system. Students get so much per 9 weeks/or 1 week... during class they 'owe' if they 1) don't have their homework 2)are disrespectful to a student or teacher 3) are not prepared and have to borrow supplies 4) are continually off task.... etc... I thought they could even 'earn' extra for certain things (ie on their birthday, if they did a great job in class that day/week etc) At the end of each 6 weeks students can 'buy' homework passes, small toys from a 'iStore' etc, etc.... [Like I said, I'm still throwing this around... but I am a math teacher, so I think this would be another way to teach about economy and have them doing some simple math. What are y'alls thoughts?]
I would love any input on these ideas, and any more ideas that anyone can think of!