I called my school today and found out that I have the worst classroom in it! A bit of background: My school is a small private school, housed in a complex of 3 converted houses. Each house is dedicated to a different grade level. Because they kept the original walls where ever possible, classrooms are a variety of shapes and sizes. So, each summer, you shuffle classes around so that they're in a classroom that will fit them. When I had a small class of 10 students, I was in the smallest class in my building. I found out that I have been cursed with the largest class in the building this year, meaning that I get the largest classroom, which is also the worst. Yeah, counterintuitive, I know, but listen! The Problems: It's the basement, so it's dark and smelly. Especially on hot days. It's dark. Did I mention that? Only has one window. And it's nice panelled dark wood, on the bottom half of the wall, with corkboard on the top...making it even darker. It's oddly shaped, and only 1/2 of it can view the whiteboard, meaning I'm limited in where I put the desks. It has no place for coats. There are 5 hooks. 5. For 20 students. Anyone else see a math problem here? Where I need help: I need help on how to make it less...depressing. I'm planning to cover all the bulletin boards (upper half of the walls almost all the way around) with white backgrounds. Amazingly, I can use all of these bulletin boards, I'm always looking for more wall space. But what else I can do to help spread out our meager light? What can I do to help battle the basement smell, which will be amplified by 20 5th graders? Besides getting a whole bunch of milk crates, any idea for storage for their coats/bags. The last teacher didn't have anything and whenever I had to go down there last year, there was the "mountain of bookbags!" against the wall in the corner. Oh yeah, before I forget, due to some unexpected financial difficulties this summer, I'm very limited on what I can spend. Other than that, I already know basic room layout, I've often wanted to go in and rearrange the room for other teachers, but didn't think they'd appreciate that, so I laid off!