Series: First Days of School: It's Always Awkward in the Beginning

Teaching Without a Classroom
Lesson Objective: Navigate life as a roaming teacher
All Grades / All Subjects / Environment

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Wessling create a strong classroom culture without a traditional classroom?
  2. What materials does Ms. Wessling include in her cart?
  3. How does Ms. Wessling utilize digital resources?
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I LOVE this! I am SO doing this!


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  • Teaching Without a Classroom Transcript

    Speaker 1:      Good morning.

    Speaker 2:      We are in a really unique situation.

    Speaker 1:      I

    Speaker 1:      Good morning.

    Speaker 2:      We are in a really unique situation.

    Speaker 1:      I can't find my key.

    Speaker 2:      We are opening up a brand new school.

    Speaker 1:      There it is. There we go.

    Speaker 2:      This year there is a lot more shifting. So all of the teachers have a shared workspace, there aren't any teacher desks in the classrooms themselves.

    Speaker 1:      Okay.

    Speaker 2:      Teachers are moving from one room to another.

    Speaker 1:      I'm losing stuff.

    Speaker 2:      In preparation for this, there's actually quite a few things that I've had to do.

    Speaker 1:      Back and forth.

    Speaker 2:      I found a card and tried to include some of the things that I loved about my classroom that I'd had for 19 years. I did a lot of purging and a lot of careful thinking about what was really important to a classroom.

    Speaker 1:      We're gonna take a look here.

    Speaker 2:      I took my entire file cabinet, and I scanned it. It's all electronic.

     I also tried to be really thoughtful about how to make sure we, as a group of learners, understand that we have agency over our own space.

    Speaker 1:      Today, I need us to be in a small, tight circle on the floor. So we're gonna go down to the end of the hallway. There's a nice space there.

    Speaker 2:      I don't want to be defined by a traditional classroom any more. I can't be defined by a traditional classroom any more.

    Speaker 1:      This is good right? This works. Yeah.

    Speaker 2:      We will be a class and we will be a community wherever we're at, and that the people are far more important than the walls that will define us.

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School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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Sarah Brown Wessling
English Language Arts / 10 11 12 / Teacher



All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture