"During this process, we had to get into what we called the "acceptance mode."
In the end we had to work with what we had.
Good teaching, more than anything else, rests squarely with us."
Debbie is telling us, we have to use what we have, what we find in our rooms, within our buildings and not spend energy creating giant wish list for new furniture and beautiful spaces. She gives tips on making subtle and financially reasonable changes. I love Debbie's thinking about wall space and embraced this years ago. She encourages teachers to leave them blank and don't buy things commercially made. "Instead, everything on those walls was purposeful and authentic....That's because much of the teaching, learning, and thinking had been made visible, public, and permanent. We saw not only the evidence of learning, but also the processes students and their teacher used to get there." I just love she mentions showing the evidence of learning AND the process. Learning is a journey. You can't go from point A to published point B without work in between. I think it's important to celebrate the journey. I think it's important to show the journey to appreciate the evidence. Debbie also devotes a section on organizing books. In organizing books and materials the last step in our environments to work need to have a system. Any system can work as long as it is modeled and the children know how to use it with success. I've really been reminded of this my last two years of teaching kindergarten. It takes a great deal of time to model, I've spent more time on modeling this year and it's paid off for more student success and independence. While the environment has to work for us as teachers it needs to be created for and sometimes by the students.
|Our classroom meeting area back in August.|