“Kind words unlock an iron gate.”
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
This school year is our first in our brand new building, meaning that everyone on the teaching staff set up their rooms all over again. I remember one teacher in particular, who sat in her room for hours, mulling over potential set-ups, “listening to the space” to determine how to most effectively organize her room. It was because of her example that I took a step back to think deeply about my own classroom set-up.
There’s something very personal about setting up a classroom. It’s one of the first impressions you give to your students, and it has a major influence on the development of classroom culture and the day-to-day flow of each class. Continue reading