Welcome to my classroom! I was so intimidated when I walked into my room in mid-July. Suffice to say, the janitor had not made it to it yet and the room was in need of a good cleaning. The most pressing needs were the floors and the walls. There were a couple of different colors in the room and the floors had not been stripped and waxed well in a few years. So, with the loving lending of paint supplies from my in-laws and primer from my parents, I primed and then painted my classroom. I was able to get my first can of paint for less than $10 because of a sale and then used the generous PTA donation to supplement the second can as well. I'm so pleased with the results!
From there, I mostly cleared out unneeded furniture, outdated materials that were no longer on point with our classical curriculum and sorted through so many old textbooks. Doing all of this left me with a clutter-free, clean space to work with! In the pictures below, you'll see highlights like our Sacred space, my classroom library, and worktables.
I have three designated student spaces: their desks, lockers, and a shelf of supplies. I keep extra paper, pencils, and other needed items like tissues and pencil sharpeners on the shelves. I have two tables that are used during group work as well. I love having different work spaces available to allow them to spread out! It helps them work together without getting into one another's space.
Finally, my favorite space is all thanks to my wonderful, generous MIL. She used to work as the teen youth minister at her church and had rugs and pillows that she was willing to share/donate to my classroom! My classroom library features a variety of different books for students to pull and read. They also can use the pillows on Free Read Fridays to find a cozy space in the room and just read for one entire period. Needless to say, we love our Friday afternoons around here.
What do you think? Would you enjoy a classroom like this? I really believe in minimalism and intentional pieces rather than just stuff and that definitely carried over into my classroom. Cool gray tones, simple bulletin boards, and greenery all contribute to a calm, relaxing environment that I think my students enjoy.
First year Catholic educator in the Classical curriculum style. I teach middle school English-Language Arts.