Don’t have it? Make it!

This school year Jee Young and I found ourselves going in completely different directions.  I am extremely excited and happy for her every time she talks about the resources she is enjoying at her new school in Singapore (and I am sure we will receive amazing blog posts about how to use these resources in our own classrooms!).

Whereas, this year I get to foster my creativity in a different way. My school is small, with a mission’s mindset. Almost everything the school makes they give away in scholarships to allow students the chance to an education they otherwise would not be able to afford (I know, so awesome!).

I was actually pleasantly surprised at the size of my classroom, it is a lot bigger than I imagined. The wall space is pretty great, but I was sad to discover that I didn’t have any large bulletin boards… so I made one! And by made one, I mean I taped up borders onto my walls and separated a space for my students’ work. Another way to display their work is to hang strings from the ceiling. When the strings are full the room looks so cosy and bright.

I also ran out of shelves for the books I brought with me, so I used baskets. I still need to organize them, but for now… it works!

I don’t have any rugs on my floors (yet, I am totally saving up or continuing to petition for them) so we are using nap time mats. They work out pretty well. I love how they are easy to move, but at the same time I wish they would stay put. Can’t have everything I guess.

What kind of international school are you at? If you have any ways to make something out of nothing you should TOTALLY share. Or what is something common for a school to have that you can use in a new way? Let us know!


5 thoughts on “Don’t have it? Make it!

  1. Saet says:

    Love it Mel~~ It’s weird being in a place this year where I have so many resources because last year I had none… I’m still making things though. ^^

  2. Mela OBrien says:

    I’m being temporairily housed in a room in a hotel confrence center. I’ve turned boxes my school supplies were shipped in into book shelves and low table spaces for my younger students, locally purchased student sized blackboards for a hard surface fro writing, and large peices of cardboard for mini bulliten boards. The tops cut off water bootle are now holding scissors, markers and pencils. It is amazing what can be done with a little creativity.

    Your space looks very inviting by the way.

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