It’s all becoming real. Today I walked through my empty classroom, its bare and lifeless walls in stark contrast to the happy picture I had conjured up in my head. I sighed a deep breath of acceptance. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m trying to see it as a blank canvas: a fresh page upon which to make my mark.
I struggled to stifle the hint of disappointment as I realized my notable lack of resources. I have a blackboard, but to my horror, I am without a white board, let alone all the fancy resources that I have become accustomed to in teaching pracs: smart-boards, data-projectors, computers. It’s was a little like walking into a class from over a decade ago. I guess I will have to get over my repulsion of the chalk-on-board sound that makes my teeth squeak.
That aside, I’m faced with peeling walls, a broken and unsightly cupboard, a small table (Sigh, no draws) and shelves that are in desperate need of a little TLC. Much of the wall space is covered in old and crusty pin board material.
So my first plan of action is to buy some nice bright and happy material to cover the pin boards, I have no posters for the wall so for this I may have to get the learners to help or at least get them to do some creative poster projects in the first week or two. I need a table-cloth or two to cover my table, and the dilapidated cupboard, and a whole lot of shelving paper! Add a plant or two, a birthday chart and a few smiling faces, I think we may just be on the way to a happy environment for learning.
I am open to any suggestions on how to create a happy learning environment so please feel free to add your comments.