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Old 07-23-2017, 02:12 PM
 
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I look at this classroom and I feel so inadequate.

Seriously, how much money did this cost? How does she teach with the kids sitting like this (this is why I hate flex seating)? How does she keep the books so nice (my kids destroy mine)? How long did it take her to acquire all these books and bookshelves? I could go on, but you get the idea.

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My students ruined my books too. I could not even sell them for 50 cents

I actually hid Jason's last week when he first started posting classrooms.
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First thing I thought of what how busy & cluttered it looked, followed immediately by what if there is a lice outbreak - soooo much fabric to try to disinfect!

Reading the comments under the pictures, I see I wasn't the only one thinking about the lice.
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My first thought is head lice. I see scrolling some of the comments others thought the same. I used to have a few pillows in my room (those kind you put in a corner that give you a bit of padding) but one bad outbreak a few years back and I got rid of them. I can't imagine how I would deal with lice with all that fabric.

My district is really pushing a more minimal/natural approach. Mind you they are not kicking any money towards a more natural look so I will be keeping my blue and green baskets! My point is, in my district this classroom would be far from the ideal.

It does look inviting though! It makes more sense as a library in my opinion.
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It was called a "reading lounge", so I'm not sure if it's an actual classroom.

However, read through the comments; they'll make you feel much better. For most schools, this is against fire code, or would attract lice, etc. And for me, it's just way too visually distracting!

I read a quote about Pinterest classrooms recently: "The only teacher I need to be better than is the teacher I was last year".


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Yikes! I don't even like it though. It looks WAY too cluttered...I would have a hard time focusing if I was a student there, and I don't even have ADHD. I get that we want classrooms to be inviting, but I don't get this whole, "turn school into a living room" trend...it's a completely different location.
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Well...it's quite amazing. I know when I was in 4th grade I would have wanted to spend every minute in there, curled up in a chair, reading the day away.
It does say "Reading Lounge" and no desks are pictured, so possibly it is just for reading?like a grade level library?
If it is a grade level thing, then maybe everyone pitched in furniture and books.
Not sure it would be ok in my school, lice is always an issue.
I do love it though.
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My first thought is that she must not have any special ed kids in there.

No structure, very distracting, counting on the kids to have the stamina and/or behavior skills to just sit and read.

Where do they take tests?

But, yeah, like PP I wonder if it is a lounge or something and not an actual classroom.
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This is exactly the kind of room "The Sisters" would love and expect! I also don't understand the point of posting onFB except to be a braggart.
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The article says that it is a language arts classroom in a departmentalized fourth grade. Using a Daily 5 like structure (and stamina practice), you could teach reading/writing in this set up. She doesn't have to teach math, science, social studies, art, music, or anything else here.

I think it's impressive, and I don't think that it's necessary to put someone else down just to make ourselves feel better as many of the FB commenters are doing.

Maybe she's one of those people who is really good at finding a bargain. Maybe it took her years to acquire all the furnishings. Maybe her parents/PTA are very generous. Maybe she spends all her extra money on her classroom. Maybe she's a naturally organized and neat person. Maybe she spends hours after school because she loves doing it.

Who cares how she did it? It's a nice looking classroom, and it gives me a few ideas for mine, which is the point of looking at other teachers' classrooms.

Someone else doing something impressive doesn't have to make you feel inadequate. If you're doing the best you can and your students feel cared for and grow as students, then you're more than adequate.

If she were my teammate, I'd want to learn organization from her!


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First thing I thought of what how busy & cluttered it looked, followed immediately by what if there is a lice outbreak - soooo much fabric to try to disinfect!
This was my exact train of thought! It's much too cluttered and busy for me to function, but I'm sure the kids love the cozy chairs and stuff.
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I cannot speak for other posters, but my response was not meant to put down that room. Just that my teaching reality would not support this.

At the start of my career, I was a huge proponent of the Daily 5 and even did observation hours in a first-grade classroom that had a couch and loft for silent reading.

But my range of experience has shown that Daily 5 in its pure form is not practical for many teachers, students and often entire schools.

If there were any significant behavior problems in that room a behavior consultant would target the setup and structure. Any unmedicated ADHD kids would need frequent sensory and/or movement breaks. And kids who thrive on consistency and routines would need their spot every day and often the same students sitting next to them.

These are quite common IEP accommodations.
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1st of all this teacher is my district (no I don't know her or know what school it is at. Not mine.) Small world.

My first impression is that it is overwhelming.
I feel like there is too much going on.
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Old 07-23-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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When I first looked through the photos, I was actually getting a headache. Absolute sensory overload.

Yes, it is organized.
Yes, it may be nice looking.
Yes, it may seem welcoming to some.
Yes, she has tons of books.
Yes, she has flexible grouping.
And yes, it looks like a work of art and obviously she spent much time on it.

My issue is not with what is in it. My issue is HOW MUCH there is in it. This room is not conducive to children and adults who have attention issues, focusing issues, personal space issues.

I am not putting her down. From the evidence on facebook she seems to be a fabulous teacher. But that has little to do with this physical space. I just think she needs to look at this room from someone else's perspective. Let's face it - it may be her room, but it needs to be the best learning environment for the children in it. So many of our children these days have issues that would be exacerbated by having to function in such closeness.

And then you have fire code and health issues that have already been raised. We are not allowed to have anything within 12 inches of the ceiling. Also, I saw only one small area dedicated to showing student work and those pieces were laminated.

I'm also wondering what her school's janitors are saying. They have such a hard job to do on a daily basis, how can they justify the dusting and cleaning this room requires?
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I read a quote about Pinterest classrooms recently: "The only teacher I need to be better than is the teacher I was last year".
I love this! So true. I find myself wondering what I should differently to my room when I see pictures of others, but then I remind myself that MY room is for MY students. I have to make it work for what we do.

Apparently that room works for her, but it's too busy for me. I would also have a tough time keeping it clean!
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Thank you all. I also thought it looked very busy (the SpEd teacher in me), and I also worried about lice.

What works for one person doesn't work for another. I know this, but for some reason this room struck a chord.
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I cannot even with that.

I could not even look at all of the pictures without feeling anxious. And I'm a reading specialist!!

My school is moving in to a new building and we just received our list of building care type rules (things like "don't poke holes in the walls"). One of the rules is we are only allowed to have district provided furniture.
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OMG, I love it! I have a couch and many pillows in my room. Yes I had one student that always had lice. To keep from having an outbreak just spray with tea tree oil daily. NONE of my other kids ever got lice .
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It is beautiful and I am sure intriguing for some students. I understand the insecurity it may cause other teachers. This teacher's quest to have a beautiful standout classroom by way of decor says little about her students' learning results however there are some random quotes about student impression of the classroom. I have seen these Martha Stewart teachers come and go several times in my career. They make a show of how they "are different because of their decor" and then before you know it,these showgirls have some job at the district office . This strategy is called the "classroom exit strategy." There are several proven strategies for escaping the toughest job there is.

I will check her out in a few years. Let's see what she is doing in 5 years or so. She may not be a showboat so I will give her the benefit of doubt for now. My classroom is usually perceived as cute and I make it cute because I want a comfy fun place to hang out for 10 hours a day. Tons of money is not spent on doing so nor is begging for donations(as claimed in the article) my practice.
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Looks more like a really nice library or book store than a classroom but I don't see a problem with that. As a student I would have loved going into that classroom for language arts and if she can manage students and materials in that environment, more power to her.

I'm pretty sure there isn't anything I do personally or professionally that someone else doesn't do better. Doesn't mean my contribution isn't valuable.
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It is way too cluttered for my taste.
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What an amazing room! If I were a 4th grader who loved to read I would feel like I had died and gone to heaven!
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As a kid, I might like it. For me now, it's way too overloaded and cluttered. I need a calmer visual environment or I can't think straight. I can only imagine what the custodian who has to vacuum that room thinks.
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I would like to have my own reading space with about half of that stuff. I love the look, but can't imagine kids being on task with all that going on. I imagine her kids do love it.
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Private school? Home school of sorts?
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Just looking at the number in each bookset or the number of places to display student work, I'm thinking this must be a small private school or homeschool of some sort. There's at best 12 of anything including work display. Anybody else thinking similar?

I would not want this room. I'm some form of attention deficit and this would drive me batty.
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it looks lovely
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but a little cluttered in some places (for me).

i'm guessing she doesn't ever have a "normal"-sized class in there--27-32 kids...

don't ever compare yourself to others (you never know---others are usually coveting something that YOU do.)
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I like this room. There is quite a bit going on, but to each his own. Comparison is the thief of joy.
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Neato. Is that a living room in a house? I am skeptical about these current trends in education whereby everybody has to feel comfortable all the time. I think it's okay not to coddle kids too much. The room looks like a counseling or psychiatrist office. It might be too cluttered in there.

I don't think chairs in neat rows with minimalist decor is a bad thing. I like it when the teacher is in front of the room, and the students are looking forward. You know, Behaviorism. But I guess I am fairly traditional.
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I don't know if I would be able to teacher in a room like that. Then again, I have 28+ middle school students.

I read through the comments and my favorite has to be:

"I don't think this is a regular classroom. I think it is a reading room, or an ELA room. . . "

apparently ELA is not a regular class . . .
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I could not live in that room - let alone my sped kids.

Besides, I want to spend most of my money on my real home. Yes, those kids might say they had the "cool" room that one year, but does that actually help them learn more?

And lastly, that's what it might look like on Day 1 before kids show up. But I can guarantee you that's not what it looks like at the end of the day, let alone on day 175. And if it does somehow magically look like that all of the time... well, somebody has issues.
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I'm thinking this must be a small private school or homeschool of some sort.
She says in the comments that they have a max of 28, and whole group instruction takes place on the rug.
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No one's mentioned the ceiliing fan yet...
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How did she get a ceiling fan in her room? I want one!
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I googled "minimalist classroom" and this is the first picture that popped up:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mini...cIjirdXir4CoM:

My classroom actually looks a lot like this, (but without the curtains) and I love it. One thing I discovered when I started keeping things uncluttered is that students didn't steal things anymore. It's easy to notice something g missing right away when there's no other stuff around.

I could never be comfortable in a classroom set up like the one in the original post. Too many hiding places. I need to be able to see my kids and what they are up to at all times.
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I LOVE it! I do think it would only work with a very small class or as a designated reading room.

Comparing is so rarely helpful. My school wouldn't even allow such a room so I don't feel badly that mine is different.

We all have to work within our own contexts & what benefits our own unique teaching style.
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That teacher must have spent big bucks decorating that room. Couches, coffee tables, bookshelves, and everything else are not cheap. I was never one to spend much of my own money on teacher things, and I had a lovely, inviting classroom.
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I am so jealous of her ceiling fan!

To each their own...this isn't for me, but it clearly works for her style.
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Our fire code wouldn't allow most of that.
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While I like the coziness aspect of the room, I would feel overwhelmed trying to keep it dusted and clean! I also think a little bit of unoccupied space would be helpful--- every inch doesn't need to be covered.
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Personally, I think it looks like a thrift store. A nice thrift store though . It must take a lot of time to keep it clean. My students are rough on books too.
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Like I posted before: this teacher is in my district, not my school, and I have no clue who she is. What I do know is:

*This is a very large public school system. Not private or homeschool.

*All of our buildings have ceiling fans. Older ones have 1, my building has multiple in each classroom.

*The fire marshal is a toot. He cares about things 18 inches from ceilings and nothing blocking windows.

*No fire code about fabrics as long as it meets above statement.
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That is an amazing classroom. This elementary school(from what I read) is departmentalized, so it is only used for reading. I'm not sure how she administers tests or other pencil/paper work. I also checked out the make up of the schools. There are very few students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds. Cabot schools, having a population of 10,000 students only expelled 5 students this past school year. They appear to not have the issues that schools that are more diverse in population, wealth, and homelessness. I teach (now sub) in a large urban district. There are children of all races/ethnicities. There is a large homeless population. Students bring a large variety of life experiences to the classrooms. A good portion of students with special needs are either fully included or mainstreamed into the regular ed classrooms. I am not sure how they would react to the amount of "stuff" in the classroom and on the walls. I did teach, and now sub in, an open pod school. Most students and teachers did adjust well to the noise of six classrooms on each pod. Maybe the visual "clutter" of this reading classroom becomes background visual "noise" and isn't an issue.
That being said, our fire inspector would have a stroke if he walked into that classroom. I had to get ride of a couple of recliners and a chair/ottoman set because the fire inspector wrote us up. I used those chairs as positioning equipment for my physically disabled students so they could get out of their wheelchairs and stretch a bit. I had curtains (plastic shower curtains) to separate that area from the rest of the room. Even the principal came in to escape from the demands of his job for even a few minutes so he could "reset" and go back to work. It was a sad day when I had to put the furniture in the dumpster.
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My biggest issue with the room is the cleaning issue. Our custodians spend 10-15 minutes, max, per room. This means wipe down desks or tables with disinfectant (if the surfaces are empty), dump trash, and vacuum the middles of the floor (no corners). If dusting (including blinds), board cleaning, or corner vacuuming, are done, I do it. I have occasionally enlisted students to help with dusting, and I do request Swiffer dusters from parents to help with this endeavor.

The other problem is class size/room size. I could not fit the furniture and the kids in the same room! With diligent re-arranging, I've found a corner to put a small, 4' X 6', area with pillows I made and an interlocking foam tile floor. The floor can be wiped clean because of its vinyl surface, but it has become damaged by students and the custodian's vacuum hitting the edge.

Lastly, another post mentioned student work boards, and where do anchor charts go? I'm starting Notice & Note this year. I can't see where the suggested charts would go in this room.
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Maybe when school starts we should all post a picture of our clean classrooms that aren't pinterest interest so we all know we are human.

I would not spend that much time and money on my classroom. I do what I can with what I am given. Less know than when I started out. Moving multiple times really cuts a person's energy down for keeping "stuff."
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I love this, but could not function with it as a classroom. As far as the books, I have just as many, and except for the much-loved ones they are nice. I think there are too many knicknaks for me. I love the bookstore feel with the couches and chairs, but it just seems like too much! As far as money, it looks like there are many nice repurposed things. I spend money in my classroom stuff if I want to--I don't actually care about that if it is what I want.
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While impressive I find it to be overwhelming. There does not seem to be enough places for students. I can imagine parents seeing that room and wanting their child in there. Back in the day, I built my classroom library with books from used book sellers, donations, yard sales, garage sales, and anywhere else I could get good books cheaply.

The shop (tech ed) teacher and I built 5 bookcases that lined the back wall. I also used the bookcases built into the uni-vent (ventilation) system built into the window wall.

I would imagine that this teacher has a rich spouse to support them.
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I think it's very nice
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Obviously a labor of love. Much work went into that classroom and I can appreciate the efforts made by the teacher to make her room welcoming, inviting, and comfortable. It's very different.

I can appreciate her classroom, but I have no feelings of either inadequacy or feel the need to emulate her. Her classroom works for her, and mine for me. Every year I try to change or improve things in my classroom, and I expect her classroom has also grown and changed over the years. As she said in the comments, it's a classroom that has been 12 years in the making.
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I hate this classroom. Unless this is a classroom with many IEP accommodations, items are very much unnecessary. This screams to the district, "You pay us so much money, I can buy these things on my own".
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Can you imagine how much time she spends packing it up for the summer? And then unpacking and arranging it all again just a few weeks later??
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That's insane to me. It looked so cluttered ... I like school girl sty

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I can't see the extra pics, but from the ones in the post, I do like the room - for what it is. It reminds me of a great bookstore!

Sure, it would be too busy for me to teach math in - but then again, nobody has to. It's a room designed to invite children to love reading, and inspire them to write. (All the pictures and things probably foster creativity.) And in a departmentalized setting, I think it's good to have different sorts of rooms, so all the kids get a turn in their most comfortable setting.

I would worry about lice, but maybe it's not an issue for them? And maybe they got lucky with donations and second-hand items. I wouldn't want to begrudge someone else something nice just because not everyone would have the same thing. - I like the quote above that said "Comparison is the thief of joy."
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I think it is a beautiful room! It just wouldn't have worked in my school with my students. My custodians would never have cleaned this room. My students need more structure than it provides. Also, I need more space for my students and myself to be able to walk around and move. I would have loved to have a room like this to take my students to when we were just reading and talking about books.
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I hate it. It's busy; it's distracting, and it makes me feel claustrophobic.
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No way! Too cluttered! I hate flex seating too. Students need to realize that life isn't always going to let you do what you want, sit where you want, have everything on screens, etc. A simple classroom with a bit of academic decor suits me fine.
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There is a video of students working, and she explains a lot of how things are run. It's a general education classroom with a maximum of 28 students that's departmentalized in 4th grade. I see lots of positive and negative comments, but I would love to be in her classroom reading in my own little world. This room is for the students, and as long as they're happy, I'm fine with it.
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I think the room is lovely and I would have enjoyed it as a student. On the other hand, it does bother me when I see teachers spend so much of their own money on their classroom. I know it's none of my business and they can do that if they choose to, but IMO the reason that many schools don't provide adequate supplies, furnishings, etc. is because they know teachers will make up the difference with their own money. In no other profession is it just expected that you spend your own money to do your job and I wish more teachers would band together and demand to be treated like professionals.
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There is so much thought, work, and obvious passion put into this room, but I am not overly fond of flexible seating. I do give my kids the opportunity to sit at different spots at different times during the day, but no way am I doing a classroom where they walk in each day and just choose which sofa they want to sit on for the day. We had a bedbug problem at my school last year, so that limits what I'm willing to bring in, so sofas and pillows are out. I showed this to my own kids and they both said that they may have had a hard time staying focused in a classroom like this. My daughter said she would probably fall asleep. They are also the type of kids that need their own personal area to keep clean and uncluttered. So, for some kids, it might be great, but for others, it would not be so great. Did anyone else think it's odd that a pencil sharpener and lights are plugged in right by the sink? Our fire marshall might lose it in this room!

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It is really unique...
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but it has more furniture than my first apartment! That being said it would be a cool and engaging place for kids. The custodians must have a heck of a time in there trying to clean.
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Maybe she has deep pockets and/or the spouse makes mad cash and can afford it.

Maybe she's part rodent and scounged all that stuff. I have friends who spend their lives on Craigslist/estate sales/OfferUp and could cobble together that whole room for minimal money.
The trade off is your down time is hustling about work. Hard pass for me.

I think the room is over top sensory overload.

One infestation of bed bugs, and that whole room is toast. Very nice places can get bed bugs dragged in. A nursery school by me had to gut out the little library included the built in book shelves because of bed bugs.

My DD's elementary school had a 4th grade teacher, whoes room was as minimal as a a college classroom. EVERYONE loved her. Parents fought to get their kids into her room because it didn't look like Pinterest puked all over it. Kids learned. Kids thrived. Her wallet wasn't screaming. Snowflakes didn't melt because there wasn't color coordinated throw pillows.

I wouldn't feel less, because I'm lazy as hell. I'm not Scotch guarding the biological ooze off of cushions, all those throw rugs AND wall to wall carpeting. Dust mite heaven. Unless she's doing some heavy duty vacuuming, my asthma wouldn't last 5 minutes in there.

At the end of the day, work is work, and the hire ups consider you a replaceable minion. I personally would not sink that much time and effort (unless I could just order it all) into a classroom. The results matter more than how much goo gag and tat you have in your classroom. I've seen teachers with Pinterest rooms that couldn't teach worth a damn, and others' rooms that were beyond Spartan doing a fabulous job.

I would have to vacuum at least twice a week to be in that classroom. NOPE!

*I have that many books at home, and know how much vacuuming those shelves need.
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That classroom would drive me nuts
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I haven't read all the replies yet. But seriously, there's way too much cr&p in that room! I don't see how anybody concentrates in there.
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Seems that much hard work and planning went into the physical space of the classroom. I wonder what the feedback is from the administrator?
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YIKES! We aren't allowed to have anything like this! Flexible seating? Yes, for sure, but it has to be plastic or metal and able to be hosed off. That is a directive from the District Supt!

My question is how many students are there? My kids barely fit in the room as it is! And kids are kids--not exactly the most hygienic bunch of humans to walk the Earth! I try to make my room inviting within the parameters of a public school classroom.
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The first time that I saw this room, my first thought was...claustrophobic. My second thought was...cluttered.

I either read or watched a video on this room with before and after pictures. If I'm not mistaken, there were parents that donated furniture. Testing is done in the Art room. I wish that I could remember where I got this information.

I like for my classroom to look like a classroom. This whole looking like a lounge/home is not for me. I also don't have my desks in neat rows. They are in groups of three. There has to be some balance. This is, at least for me, has gone to the other extreme. Maybe it wouldn't look so cluttered if some of the decor was taken down, and her are was neat and tidy. This teacher definitely knows organization as her library of books are very organized.
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I've been seeing a lot of these classrooms and it's a worrisome trend. Admin seem to love it, but I don't.

1. I was a good kid, but an anxious one. I thrived on routine and strict structure.

2. I have plenty of kids who would lose their mind in rooms like the ones I keep looking on seeing shared. Can you imagine the havoc a kid with behavioral issues could cause in that room?

3. It's fine and dandy that you like to go ALL out, but your ALL out then becomes an expectation for the rest of us. So it's not a put down, but i do take issue with a this room. To many admin judge teachers by appearances rather than actions.
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Wow, I've never seen a classroom like that. It looks more like a sitting room in the basement. It's kind of cool. It's nice that the teacher transformed the space into what works for her. I don't envy this room though... It wouldn't work for me personally because I prefer bright rooms with clean lines.

I totally understand feeling anxious when looking at fancy rooms. In fact, I went to the extreme and avoided pinterest, teacher blogs, and facebook teacher groups for a while. It helped me to focus on my own classroom and my own style. It helps to embrace the "different strokes for different folks philosophy". Now, I really love my room and what I'm doing in my own classroom. When I see classroom pictures online now, I look at it with the lens of "Hmmm, are there any ideas here that will work for me?" (I love how there are so many books...working on that for myself) AND it reminds me of the things that are important to me in a room that I don't see much of in a photo (openness, clean lines, less clutter, photos of my students, anchor charts of our learning together, personal seating, large rug space for class meetings, and book shelving that is accessible to students).

Just remember, "Different strokes for different folks."

Edit: I just wanted to add that since none of us knows this teacher personally, we have no idea if she spent her own money. Maybe she got the items in the room through other means. I personally stopped spending my own money on my classroom and I'm so glad I did. I've discovered there are still ways to get lots of nice stuff for your room through donations, gifts, grants, etc.

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Looking again at the pic.. it reminds me of a hoarder. I just can't handle the clutter. It gives me anxiety.

I don't know what is going to happen with my room this year. I was looking at some schoolgirl style designs. They are expensive though.

Pinterest and instagram make me just feel bad sometimes about my lack of a beautiful space.
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Wow. Just. Wow.
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So that looks more like a movie set version of a dorm room than a classroom.

And here I was feeling all great and grand for having the classroom of my dreams by using all of my school-given supply money ($200) and everything I'd saved last year for it (almost $300). Now I feel like my room is cheap and bare.

I keep donated and school-provided books on my classroom library shelves. If it's something that I've bought or means a lot to me, it stays in my secret little supply closet/cabinet and is only taken out for immediate use. And I don't let anyone borrow anything--probably bad, I know, but I've been burned too many times in the past...

This has to be a joke. There's no way. Even if I won the lottery, I doubt that I could do THAT. And, yes, I'd feel so subpar and inadequate to have that person on my team. Can you imagine an Open House night?! Yikes.
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I totally agree. It doesn't matter the size of the checkbook or the look of the room, what matters these days are the test scores that equates to evaluation and keeping my teaching license. What is learned in the class and that I become a better instructor, learning from my mistakes is the most important.
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