I don’t often write about my job, for confidentiality reasons, but today I do want to share with you my new classroom. I have spent four years of my 10 years of teaching, in standard, “normal” classrooms. The other six years, were spent in some interesting venues:
–My first year, I taught in a windowless, half-room, the size of an office.
–I spent two years teaching on an enclosed stage, at the end of the gym. I took quite a few dodgeballs to the head, coming and going!
–I began this year in a cute, tiny room in the high school. This room used to be the kitchen, and had its own bathroom. It was a minimalist’s dream, and became very homey with the addition of an area rug and some plants.
Last Monday, I moved into the most interesting classroom yet, back at the middle school. This is a “life skills” room, much like the home ec rooms from the days of yore. We’ve got kitchen stations, a stacked laundry machine, a fridge, and lots and lots of cupboards.
So here is a day in the life…
Math lessons and writing prompt (notice the one that I chose–but it was followed by a discussion!) by the washing machine.
Papers are handed in by the microwave.
Good work is displayed on the fridge.
Lots of beautiful, empty space!
Students cover the cupboards with their artwork.
And lots of room for “inspiration.” (The pictures from summer are on the board, next to my desk…)
There definitely is something about spending the workday in such a unique, personalized environment. Wherever you spend your time, make sure it’s uniquely yours!