Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inspiring Spaces. Deserving Faces by Amy Fadeji

What does your classroom say about the learning that takes place within the four walls of your room? Is learning dull? Bright? Cluttered? Organized? Exciting? Full of compliance? Are students seen as only individuals or is teamwork a priority in your room? Has your “teacher desk” turned into a “teacher corner”?

 Yikes. Over the past year and a half, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working with staff members to create intentional inspiring spaces on campus. Why? We see them every day: deserving faces.

 Our students deserve to learn in places that are fun to be in, that make them excited about learning, and that foster creativity. Spaces that that inspire, not require. Think about your favorite coffee shop, wine bar, or another neat space where you find yourself wanting to spend time simply because of the environment and space. For me, comfy seating is a must, and great music, laughter and cheerful decor go a long way too.

 Last year, one of the 3rd grade teachers at Penngrove came to me and shared that she wanted new desks because hers were too big. Being the supportive principal that I strive to be, I invited our Chief Business Officer (CBO) to campus to take a look at the classroom and see if we could purchase some different desks.

When that attempt went nowhere, I pretty much told Ms. O’Neil, “Sorry, just do the best you can.” About a week later Ms. O’Neil came to me and said, “Amy I HAVE to get rid of these desks, they are getting in the way of learning for my students.” That was all I needed to hear. I was all in.

Within a week, Ms. O’Neil transformed her classroom. A fun trip to IKEA, a little bribery with her fiance and my husband, a couple of Winter Break “vacation days” and we were in business! Desks were replaced with tables. White board paint filled the room. A variety of seating options scattered for student choice. A table for Chromebooks. Fun carpets. Less “stuff." Less teacher. More students. 

After the transformation in Room 7, little spaces all over campus began to change. A teacher “storage room” was turned into the “5th grade lounge.” An old book room suddenly had a couch, bean bag chairs, twinkling lights, and became the hip hangout for 6th graders. Special reading corners and nooks popped up overnight. And all because our staff was reflecting on inspiring spaces and deserving faces.

For anyone ready to wrestle with this exciting adventure, these guiding questions may be helpful:
What vibe/feeling do you want to create for the students in your classroom? 
What does your classroom say about you? What do you value? 
If students were given the choice, would they come to your class each day? Would they want to be with you? In your room? 
Far too often, we fill our walls with too much stuff, just because it is what we have always done. Consider simplifying. Fewer distractions. Less clutter. Not as many bulletin boards. Allow yourself to create a blank slate. A clean canvas. Re-think your space and make a few simple changes that create a happier learning and working environment for all. After all, everyone is worthy of inspiring spaces. Especially deserving faces.

 You can learn more about inspiring faces at an upcoming Future Ready Summit near you! We'll be in Orange County on June 20th and in the Tri-State area Nov. 7th.

Amy Fadeji is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. In her third year as principal, she has found herself reaching out to educators across the country to build a growing network of innovative and inspiring colleagues. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later the University of Southern Mississippi, Amy taught second and third grades for seven years in Mobile, Alabama and San Anselmo, California before launching her career in administration. Amy is passionate about supporting teachers, modeling and encouraging risk-taking, and collaborating with other educators around the country. You can follow Amy on Twitter (@mrsfadeji) or read her latest blog post at mrsfadeji.blogspot.com.

7 comments:

  1. The gucci replica availability and arduous array of replica items accept been steadily accretion in contempo years. If a assertive account becomes fashionable you can be abiding that a abundant added affordable, yet about duplicate replica is already on the way. If the 18-carat commodity sells, the replica will aswell sell. If there is a accumulation to be fabricated an industry will be born. The a lot of frequently replicated affluence appurtenances cover upmarket artist clothing, shoes, sportswear, perfumes, watches, sunglasses and of chanel replica advance artist handbags. Many humans will agreeably acquirement a replica backpack as a able-bodied fabricated replica can action the aforementioned authority as the aboriginal but afterwards the about ample amount tag. The boilerplate customer can artlessly not allow to pay the abounding hundreds, even accoutrements of dollars for the advantage of accustomed an accurate Prada, Hermes or Louis Vuitton handbag. It is estimated that over 85% of all the Louis Vuitton handbags in use today are replicas. Even an big-ticket replica will about represent a atom of the amount of the aboriginal and can be around identical to the "real thing", both in above of accomplish and abstracts acclimated in production. Luxury items like artist accoutrements will of replica watches advance alter in above of architecture and absorption to detail. The packaging may aswell not be as arrant as those of an original. In accustomed though, the akin of adroitness of apish appurtenances can ambit from appropriate to outstanding. This may be attributed to the actuality that Manufactures of copies are not alone jockeying for position with the 18-carat article, but are aswell bound in antagonism with anniversary other. Some pieces will alone be adequate representations while others are about mirror images of the original. If you attending carefully though, you may anticipate some accessory differences. The cast name or logo may alter hardly from the aboriginal as may some of the architecture actualization on the bag itself. The abundance of Replica handbags calamity the prada belts artist appurtenances bazaar is no accessory cephalalgia for the above actualization houses. Top end actualization manufacturers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Chanel are actual alive in their efforts to avert the admeasurement of replica appurtenances and affected manufacturers that accumulation on the base of their harder becoming authority and cast names. Millions of dollars are spent by actualization manufacturers annually to adverse this growing problem. Consumers however, adulation replica artist handbags. And who can accusation them? As has already been mentioned, the amount is right! Indeed, abounding consumers acutely abode the accusation for the top prices of accurate artist appurtenances at the anxiety of the mega architecture houses themselves. Actualization houses accept been accustomed to advisedly beneath accumulation a product, thereby artificially active appeal and prices up. People will consistently covet artist actualization products. The harder and added big-ticket you accomplish them to obtain, the added accomplishment the customer will put into award an easier and beneath big-ticket agency of accepting them. The availability of top above replica handbags, agency that even the account acquainted client may adore the authority of owning a artist account that looks and feels like the absolute thing. No best are these ailing advised knockoffs that abatement afar afterwards a few days. The louis vuitton replica acute antagonism in the replica bazaar not alone leads to aggressive pricing, but aswell above quality.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am ROSE SMITH from CANADA a single parent, before my husband died he left us with so much DEBT that we could not cope with life, I was totally confused on what to do. When I was going through the internet I came across a POST by MARCUS CAFE about how Mrs JULIA NAVARO help him to get a loan so I applied for the loan from JULIA NAVARO through her mail (navaroloancompany@yahoo.com) of $200,000 with a duration of 10 years. When I was applying for the loan I made a vow to GOD that if I get the loan I will let the world know what she did for me, to my greatest surprise my loan was granted with
    an interest of 2%. I was able to settle my debt and start up a new life and business with a settled family. So if you want any type of loan for as low as 2% please contact JULIA NAVARO on her mail navaroloancompany@yahoo.com.I just fulfilled my vow.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The Best place ever for your entire Craigslist ad posting needs. With our 6 years of craigslist ad posting experience we can post your Ads in all cities & categories of your choice with 100% Live Guarantee. We are sending daily, weekly & monthly reports to all of our clients. We are not charging our clients for Flagged or Ghosted Ads. Craigslist Posting Service available 24/7! Hourly, daily, weekly and monthly Craigslist posting plans available! Only pay for live ads!
    Information are more innovative and nice to read it.
    Plz visit this Business site
    www.craigslistposter.net

    ReplyDelete
  4. Insect problem of the serious problems that we face in everyday life, you'd better pest control company in Dammam achievement tops company continues to please visit us on our website
    شركة قمم الانجاز
    http://qmm-eltmayz.com/

    ReplyDelete