Teachers' Wish Lists for the Physical Classroom Environment
As we were planning our focus on school environments for June and July, I came across an article in one of my favorite leisure magazines that got me thinking about the effect of the physical school environment on teachers. The article was an interview with a hiking and climbing guide in Utah and the question was simply "Best rescue?" The response has left a significant mark on my thinking.
The hiking guide described the rescue of a man and woman after 36 hours lost in the desert. They were dying. As the guide slowly nursed them back to life, the woman, a teacher, talked about how much it had meant to her to have a window in her classroom and how she'd thought a lot about that while she was dying.
Teachers, if you were granted one wish to change your physical teaching environment for the upcoming school year, what would it be? How might that change affect your teaching and quality of life?