Room with no windows

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  1. sunbeachgirl

    sunbeachgirl Rookie

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    Hello all
    I am in a school that was built a LONG time ago. The inside walls are an ugly brown color. I'm a Resource teacher so my students don't produce any work I can put up in the classroom.

    What should I do? I'd rather not spend a ton of money on posters, etc. Maybe one day I should just get a bunch of butcher paper and paint and tell the students to make something!

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Could you ask some of the teachers you work with to let you "borrow" student work from those students you work with? PErhaps you could just put up some makeshilf bulletin boards in your room to decorate your environment...a pretend window with a lovely view? LOL

    I know your pain! I worked in a Texas classroom with no windows. The entire building was built like that to save on energy costs. Being a transplant from the midwest, I was the only teacher who seemed to mind the windowless environment. After spending the whole day walled in with air conditioning, walking out to my car at the end to the oppressing sunlight and heat was a shock to the system. I had to pas the football team practicing on the field and often wondered how they survived the season without passing out from the heat.
     
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    Do you have resources up on the wall for your students? I'm a learning support teacher and my students need visuals.
     
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    Why do your students not produce work that could be hung up on the walls?

    All of our resource classes are also windowless (they are on the inside of our circular building) and their walls are covered in art. It may be something simple as a letter the kids colored in or something like "scribble art" as they call it where the kids just scribble on a piece of construction paper.
     
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    Can you ask for maintenance to paint your walls? Otherwise, the butcher paper sounds great. Maybe read them a book and have them paint a mural, or have them paint a mural of what they like about school.
     
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    I should have specified, I teach high school. I wish I could have them do a project on construction paper. Maybe I can find one that's age appropriate.
     
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    Oh okay that makes a lot more sense now. You could incorporate art/drawings into any lesson you do. Read a book, have them draw something they liked, depending on their capabilities they could maybe write something?

    I'm not sure what kind of students you have, so I'm not sure what to suggest in terms of difficulties.

    I'm sure you could look around online and find something they could do that is age appropriate and meaningful that will also help liven up those walls.
     
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    You could ask the students in art to paint a mural for you.
     
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    I think tomorrow I will ask the principal if getting the room painted white would be possible (it's a horrrrrible brown color right now). The teacher next door last year had some cork board put on all of the walls to cover the brown color. I'm not sure how she got it, but she had been working there for years and so they were more likely to do it for her.
     
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    I taught like this for 7 years. None of the rooms in my old school had windows. I made them - I drew outdoor pictures and made a window pane over them.
     
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    Can you speak to the art teachers? Is there some student work that could be displayed in your room?
     
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    That's a great idea. Two years ago our reading specialist mentioned not having much art in her hall because she was in the hall with meeting rooms, etc. Viola, she had lots of stuff in her hall! Teachers were thrilled to share their students' work. We told our class we were helping out.
     
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    There is one teacher in my building with an interior room and she did something similar. She bought a few large mirrors, framed them out like a window with panes, hung them and then put window treatements around the the mirrors/windows. I swear it feels like a real windows :)
     

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