Ten things I want in my classroom (when I get my own classroom, that is):
1. A pet. I want to keep something – a fish, a small bird, maybe a hamster or gerbil – but, on a practical level, I’m not sure that I can do it. Over the course of the next few months, I’ll do some research; I think I’ll end up with a small fish bowl or tank in my room; they seem the easiest to maintain.
2. A wooden plaque that says “be nice or leave,” or one that says “manners matter.” MeadMaker has the capacity to rout wood, and he said he’d make me a couple of signs for my classroom. I’m also thinking about one that says “Wisdom begins in Wonder.”
4. I have a collection of cards and magnets from Quotables that I’ve already stuck all over my desk (I’m still looking for the one from Doctorow that says “you can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way“). They will be given a more prominent place in my new room.
5. A set of computer speakers. I bring a LOT of audio files (from NPR, from American Rhetoric, from the BBC…) into my classroom. Not having to huddle around the computer to hear them would be nice.
6. BOOKSHELVES! I’ve got a bunch of books that I’ve already brought to CHS, and I’ve got about half a ton more that I want there. As soon as the deal is sealed, I’m taking a hajj to IKEA and buying myself a couple of nice bookshelves. CHS doesn’t have a library, per se; I intend to remedy that, even if just a little.
7. Plants. I’ve got a bunch of plants that I inherited from my mother that I’m eager to move into my professional space. I’ve also got a little tree that I’ve been nurturing for a couple of years now that would grow very nicely in those giant windows we’ve got.
8. Filing cabinets. I’ve half a mind to move the filing cabinets that we bought at IKEA a few years back into my classroom; the only things in them are papers related to my teaching practice, anyway.
9. WHITE BOARDS. I’ve half a mind to put the damned things on as many walls as I can manage (I joke with my kids that my dream classroom would have white boards on every wall so that I could write my way around the room). I’m betting I’ll only get one, but that should be enough.
10. A Buddha or a Bodhisattva. I really want to bring in the Bodhisattva I got from my mom, but I’m not sure I’m willing to risk her being in so public (and therefore, vulnerable) a place. Instead, I’ll send out to the Universe that I’m opening my space to share with the right statue, and just believe that s/he’ll come to me.