Thursday, August 20, 2009

So far.

At my school, we have a different philosophy about education than you might find in most schools. The bottom two pictures are of my classroom, thus far. You might notice that the room seems a little plain and sterile. And, you might be surprised to find that it's pretty much ready for the first day of school on Monday.

Our method is to allow the children to create the environment. Sure, I have some personal things adorning a few areas. But, on the whole, the classroom is a shared environment for both the teacher and students. At first, this seemed preposterous to me, and for years I fought it tooth and nail. But now? Well, it makes sense. A learning classroom and a perfectly appointed classroom are not the same.

So, though the walls and bulletin boards are blank now, don't you worry. By Thanksgiving, we'll have every once of wall covered with the students products.

And, I'm sure that you're tired of hearing about school. But, that's what my life is revolving around right now.


Sandy Gillett said...

Why did I giggle with excitement inside? It looks very exciting to me. So full of possibility!

Jeze said...

I'm so excited for you to have a somewhat normal year this year! (I say "somewhat," because is there EVER a year that is entirely normal?)
Your students are so fortunate to have you.

Amber said...

I think it looks like a great room. Far different that what I am used to seeing, my mom is a teacher. But, I like it.

Lindsey said...

Aww what a great philosophy!!

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