Thursday, July 18, 2013

Change of Heart

                                        A Change of Heart

I can hardly believe that the summer is more than half-way over. I have spent entirely too much time in my classroom already. But this year I need a refresher. With all of the craziness going on in education, I need to make my room a safe place for me and for my kids. My classroom has been my refuge for many years up until about 4 years ago, and then something changed. So after a long look at myself, I have come to the conclusion that I need to remember all the things I love about teaching. I need to make my room the place of comfort it once was. I need to live with a more grateful heart. Teaching is what I am meant to do. So now I need to just do it and let the other politics and mess around me roll off my shoulders and just keep moving.

So I have begun to make sense of the mess around me by first organizing my entire classroom library, which quite frankly is A LOT of books. Something about organizing books is calming and therapeutic. Even though this took days and days. I also covered my walls behind my reading area with a very bright red and a puffy boarder that I found directions for on Pinterest. I am very happy with the end result. I know this is my first step into transforming my room into a place of learning and love. I can't wait to see what happens next...

I love the red wall!

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned to see how it all comes out.

This is only half of my books!
Trying to make the ugly bookcase look better.


  1. I love it - your room looks wonderful!

    I understand completely your need for making your classroom a safe place. Education has become such a tough field, for so many different reasons.

    I'm doing a behind-the-scenes house-cleaning this year, with hopes of doing my classroom fully throughout the year (and next summer).

    I can't wait to see what else you have in store! :)


    Love. Learn. Teach.

  2. I have seen this transformation in person. Wait for Trina's "after" pictures... the room turned out so cute. Her students will definitely be excited to spend the year with her. She's a superhero! :)

  3. @ Dawn, that is the smart way to do it! I should be doing a deep cleaning of my house! Oh well... One project at a time. However, my classroom feels like a place I want to be, and that makes me feel happy. I'll be posting after pictures soon. :) Thanks for the enthusiasm. It helps a lot!

    @ Andrea, you are the best! I love you, my friend. Your my superhero!