You know that overwhelming feeling when you walk into your classroom for the first time at the beginning of the year? You look at the empty space with its weirdly off-white walls, hang your head and walk back out because you can't face it. Where do you even begin?
You are not alone, my friend. I have felt that way more times than I care to think about. It's not just when you change to a new school, but sometimes you just get moved out of your room on one hall because the admin needs that room for someone else (who knows why...).
What I want you to know is that there is hope, and that it's 200% worth it to make your classroom into a haven that you and your students want to be in. I know it's overwhelming, and it will take work, but please believe me..It's worth the work.
Here are a few pictures of how my classroom looks now.
I love flags! I think they're beautiful and interesting and I incorporate them into my lessons about colors and numbers as well deeper cultural things. I have posters of Art, other Realia from Spanish-speaking countries, as well as Essential Structures information.
I love hearing my students say that it "feels" good in here and that the environment that I've created really helps them focus on and work with the language more. It's not super hard to do once you get a few key things in place in your room.
So, if you want to come with me on this little journey around my classroom, I'll show you each of the specific parts of my room, how I use each, and why I think they are so important to the teaching I get to do each day. Let's get to work!