This is my third year at LWHS, and I'm not gonna lie- I kinda love it! No joke, I love my students, my classroom, my colleagues- I just love it!
I have been working on my room bit by bit over my time there and I really feel like I have made progress. It's not 100% organized, but definitely getting there. Don't BEElieve me? Check out this blog post from my first teacher work days in the new space;
But I couldn't fathom just throwing it away. It's old, but some REALLY great stuff. So I had the idea to set up a big display of all of the art in the back half of my classroom. I decided to use the back half that way I could leave it up as long as possible, knowing it wouldn't interfere with any projects I had going on to get ready for the new school year, and even into the first week.
I made a flier basically saying 'free art' available...oh, but I DID mention to keep me in mind during the year with extra pencils, newspaper, paper towels, etc. (hey, I have 200+ kids to look out for and no budget!) My principal forwarded it to the staff, I even spoke up at the faculty meeting...and slowly but surely the teachers started trickling in!
No one left empty handed. Some only took a few pieces, some took piles of work, some made multiple trips...some even came back with their teacher friends! The teachers had a little help getting their classrooms ready, we made the school more visually exciting for our students, and I got a chance to get the teachers in my room, advocate for art, talk collaborations and let them know what types of items I needed donated.
Oh, and I got all of that old art outta my room! I love a win-win!