Disneyland. I was going to create Disneyland.
|Panorama of my room from the front|
|Divider in the back of my room in attempt to form a wall to block out the hallway|
|I finally found a good use for all my ear hats!|
|Literature to Disney films|
|Class library is closest to camera, looking into my classroom from hallway|
I believe learning should be everything Disneyland stands for. My classroom environment encourages and reminds my students to use their imaginations, believe in the magic of life and learning, enjoy being kids, be creative, laugh, believe in themselves and their classmates, and have fun. The decorations prompt conversations about how Walt Disney created Disneyland from just an idea and allow us to draw parallels to our own learning.
My classroom environment also provides a fun, safe place for my students to come and learn each day. For some, it serves as an escape from their home life.
Your classroom is your students' home 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 180 days a year. As a teacher, you "live" there many more hours a day, 5-7 days a week, and definitely more than 180 days a year. I believe you have to feel comfortable there in order for your students to feel comfortable there. It needs to be a place you love to be.