As I’ve gotten farther into my new profession, I’ve had an interesting reaction whist driving my car. When I drive past a school, I am struck with a sense of reverence. I am not one to over-spiritualize things, but I’ve found my reaction interesting. It’s like I am driving past the sacred space where education takes place. Even though it is not my school, I feel a sort of kinship for what happens behind its walls. Hence, the title of this blog mini-series.
Okay, so on with the after pictures! Yesterday I spent an hour in Joanne Fabric finding the perfect fabrics for my boards. I couldn’t be too girly (I want my room to be male-friendly,) or too loud (you want to be able to see what you’re displaying.) Here is the compromise:
My phone doesn’t have the best color quality, but the color scheme is mint, brown, and white.
My desk area:
(I inherited an Obama campaign poster! I am not into politics, but you have to admit that it’s a pretty cool poster!)
Also, notice that I used the rest of my polka dot fabric for the top of my desk (buh-bye dated contact paper!)
You would not believe the fight I had with this board. Underneath is more blackboard that the past teacher covered with a makeshift pin board made out of foam (we’re talking packing tape holding it up.) But I managed to make it look decent!
No good CMU English grad’s desk is complete without some Chippewa pride (or a Hunger Games poster!)
One of my first awkward teacher moments happened over these literature-themed teacher posters. The discussion went like this:
Me: “We need to make some art to replace these ugly, outdated teacher posters.”
8th Graders: “We got those for Mrs. Finley before she left.”
Me: “…Really?” (Changes subject.)
I had to get this “create” sign for two reasons: 1. Because it matches my color theme. 2. I am devoting the entire back wall of my room to my student’s creations. I am all about student-created decorations! Also featured are some perfectly-matching magnets that I found!
Like I said in the last post, I didn’t have to do much to this corner. I replaced the ripping butcher paper with my fabric. I think a punctuation board is a useful tool in an English classroom, so I kept it!
Another thing that eveyr English class needs is a classroom library! One nice thing about the previous teacher leaving everything behind is that I’ve inherited a ton of books! I would say only 1/4 of these are mine!
And there you have it! It took me eight whole hours to get this done. I didn’t bore you with documentation of the mountains of papers I had to wade through and the stacks of books I had to lug from one side of the room to the other!
I am sure this isn’t the last you’ll see of my classroom improvements, but I am quite satisfied with today’s renovations!