I’ll show you mine if you show me yours… CLASSROOM EDITION

Ok, so the blog title is a little “risque”, but you KNOW what I’m talking about. Why is it that you can go to Pinterest or Google and find HUNDREDS of pictures of elementary and middle school classrooms that look AMAZING? Why aren’t there more resources for finding high school classroom examples (especially math)? Is it something we just don’t think about sharing? Or is it because we’re embarrassed? It’s not like we’re reading “50 Shades of WhatTheHeckDidTheyJustDo” here, people. It’s just a CLASSROOM for crying out loud.

I for one am NOT creative because I’m not surrounded by people who are and my mind just doesn’t work that way. I need ideas, I need examples. I went to Google and Pinterest. I looked for over a week. I typed every combination of words in that I could think of to get ideas. I didn’t find much. I can’t imagine imagine being a first year teacher who just found out they got a job. They’re moving to schools where they don’t know anyone and they’re probably terrified of setting things up and they want to make a good impression.

And I know most of us have packed up and shut down for the summer, and that’s just not on the radar right now. So this blog will be a work in progress, updated as I get more pics. HOPEFULLY once school starts, ALL of my tweeps will send me pictures of their classrooms so that we can be the secret voyeuristic creepers that that we won’t admit publicly that we really are.

Son, we teach in classrooms that have walls, and those walls have to be decorated by somebody. Who’s gonna do it? You? You don’t want to admit it because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you WANT to see other math classrooms… you NEED to see other classrooms…

Soooo anyway, let’s get on with it. I begged for a few days and the following tweeps were nice enough to share. Several others have promised pictures once the waxing/carpet cleaning is over. MAJOR MAJOR thanks to those below who jumped on the wagon and offered us glimpses into their rooms.

Here’s my classroom:

@approx_normal's classroom

@druinok‘s classroom:

@druinok's classroom

Of course @fawnpnguyen would lock her pics so I couldn’t download it, but you can check out her classroom HERE.

My pal @crstn85 blogged about her classroom layout on her blog HERE. Go check out her pics and descriptions.

@dandersod‘s classroom:

@dandersod's classroom

@lmhenry9‘s classroom:

@lmhenry's classroom

@aanthonya‘s classroom:

@aanthonya's classroom

@mathtastrophe‘s classroom:

@mathtastrophe's classroom

@graceachen‘s classroom:

@graceachen's former classroom

@mr_stadel’s classroom (with descriptions – LOVE the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the board!)

@mr_stadel's classroom

And you can check out pamjwilson‘s Algebra 1 classroom over HERE.

This blog will continue to evolve over time and I will tweet updates as I get them. I personally would love some feedback on what to do with my “nekkid” walls, so please feel free to shoot ideas to me. I’m hoping that this will inspire people to try things in their classrooms OR maybe give others the courage to post their own classrooms.

So I’ve shown you mine… What are you waiting for?

Tweet me a link to your pictures (@approx_normal), blog your pictures and send me a link OR just send me an e-mail with your pics to approximatelynormal dot stats at gmail dot com (put your twitter id in the subject for me, k?). Or if you have a more creative way, just hit me up. The point is to SHARE!!!