Monica Snellings

We have been sorting the thousands of books in Ms. Morrison's class — and categorizing them. We created a very DIY labeling and shelving system for the 15 levels of reading necessary for 5th grade at PS20. Because PS 20 has not had a budget for a librarian, teachers have their own libraries right in their individual classrooms.

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We started to transform room 220 which was a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun. And the payoff was the first day of school when Ms Morrison’s 5th grade flowed into the room, many of them helped give our plan focus when we held our workshop in May. This story is so easily told through a few contrasting photos. 

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We (actually Jorge and Hermes whom we hired) installed two large sound absorbent surfaces in room 220, including the gi-normous black bulletin board on the back wall. And the sound in the room has already calmed down substantially. 

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So many wonderful colors! 

DK and I are designers so we love color! But we figured the kids do too. So why not ask the kids to respond to the colors. "Ask the kids." has become our mantra for everything we are doing in room 220. Just in case you are wondering we "Ask the teacher." too! It's a truly co-creative adventure in this Inquiring Minds' co-laboratory.

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A big problems in any classroom is a lack of mobility. Constricting kids' movements only aggravates them, makes it harder to them to learn. A sitting kid is often bored. Their bodies suffer. The tables/chairs the kids currently have are very hard to move and are too rigid (i.e. not kid friendly).

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