Module 6/7: Assignment #2
I chose my classroom at South Lyon East High School as my most creative space. I spend most of my time throughout the day in other classrooms because I co-teach all of my classes. My room is used for small group testing in our classes as well as small group reviews or activities. Since I spend my teacher consultant hour and prep hour in my room, this is my special place.
This space is engaging for many reasons. As you can tell from the pictures, there is a lot to look at. When I was first hired, I couldn’t handle the blank brick walls and no windows; I had to spice it up. Sports are a huge part of my life and I love sharing that with my students. I have quotes displayed around as sources of inspiration for my students and myself. These quotes and student letters/artwork really help pick me up when I am feeling down. This room is home to me and I feel inspired when I am there. I enjoy working with my air freshener and Pandora going, researching new lesson plan ideas or creating activities for my students. My round table is nice and big when I need space to work on a project.
There is no window to the outside and my initial disappointment has become more of an acceptance. I have grown to like not having a window because I have less distractions as I work. Students are more focused while taking their tests or quizzes as well. Some high school teachers may think decorating is elementary or distracting, but I find that it only brings me closer to my students. They enjoy having things to look at and connect with.
Throughout my undergraduate study of education, I always thought a classroom environment should be welcoming, safe, and a space where students feel comfortable. After completing this assignment, I still believe that is important. Your creative space is influenced by what you make of it. You wouldn’t recognize my classroom if you saw it before I was hired in. The true essence of the room is the positive atmosphere that is created with myself and my students. My space is limited and technology is not abundant, however I choose to make it efficient for my students. When someone is designing a learning space, they need to keep the users in mind. “Designs must be created flexibly, with sensitivity and attention to context” (Mishra, Cain, Sawaya, & Henriksen, 2013) which is why I think of my students before I choose to make any changes to my room. When I was hired I only had half of a round table in my room. I knew that a full circle table would be beneficial for all users and I requested the change. This table is now the most used piece of furniture in my classroom and the host to all of my IEP meetings.
Mishra, P., Cain, W., Sawaya, S., & Henriksen, D. (2013). Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century: A Room of Their Own. TechTrends, 57(4), 5-9. doi:10.1007/s11528-013-0668-7