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Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom from the Inside Out
A Practical Guide for Teachers

ISBN 9781138586611
Published November 26, 2018 by Routledge
140 Pages

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Book Description

What are the magic ingredients to a dream classroom and how can you create one for your own students? In this inspiring new book, Becky Hunt shows you how to transform the elementary school classroom into a special place where students are excited to learn. You’ll gain practical strategies on key areas such as classroom environment, community, routines, procedures, expectations, lessons, and professionalism. You will discover how to:

    • Design a classroom environment in which students feel safe, happy, and eager to learn;
    • Arrange and facilitate regular class meetings so that students can express themselves freely, without judgement;
    • Maintain professionalism in and out of the workplace;
    • Set guidelines, rules, and expectations that students will understand and respect;
    • Construct a targeted lesson plan with a clear beginning, middle, and end;
    • Approach each day with a positive attitude by managing health and wellness;
    • And much more! 

Special features in each chapter include a "Tips from the Pros" section and "Reflect and Write" boxes to help you pause and apply the ideas as you go. There are also "Discussion Questions" and "Notes to Trainers and Mentors" so you can easily use the book for new teacher training, induction, book studies, and PLCs. With the practical tools and heartwarming examples in this book, you can have your own dream classroom starting today!

Table of Contents

Meet the Author

Getting Started

Chapter 1: You can be a Dream Teacher

Chapter 2: Design Your Dream Classroom Environment

Chapter 3: Create Your Dream Classroom Community

Chapter 4: Develop Your Dream Classroom Routines

Chapter 5: Plan Your Dream Classroom Lessons

Chapter 6: Keep Your Dream Classroom Alive

Thank-you Notes to Dream Teachers


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Becky Hunt is an educator, educational consultant, and children’s author who has been the principal of both public and private schools. She specializes in teacher training and staff development, curriculum studies, international studies, balanced literacy, and leadership coaching and training. She is also author of Global Concepts for Young People: Stories, Lessons, and Activities to Teach Children About Our World. Visit her website at