“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
…designing a space is not decorating. Instead, it should impact learning and have a purpose. Teachers often re-create the same classroom year after year without assessing whether their design guides students’ learning. Websites such as Pinterest give teachers ideas for decorating a room, but do these ideas support student learning?
“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Teachers who understand that it is they who must change and adapt to accommodate their students are the ones that will ultimately feel less stress and anxiety about the progress of their students. The effort they make to stand with kids on the same side of the looking glass gazing collaboratively and empathetically at the possibilities on the other side is the key to unlocking the hope and learning potential that they all possess.