On the outside of Room 303, you won’t find my name above the door. Instead, you will find my nameplate turned around with, “Our Classroom,” handwritten in black marker. At the beginning of the year, the absence of “Mr. Moler” made it hard for incoming 7th graders to find the classroom. I didn’t do this to create confusion. I didn’t do this to hide. I simply made this change because I believe a classroom should be a shared learning space.
As much as I believe a classroom should be a shared learning space, for much of the year I’ve had trouble getting across this belief to the students. Implementing this belief seems to be a struggle for me. This struggle stems from the day in and day out chaos of a school day – questions, curriculum, conversations, responsibilities, and the list can go on and on.
When 2019 came about, I decided I need to be better at implementing this idea of a shared learning space where students are a part of a community. I want the students to see they are a part of an ongoing process called learning. In come Moler’s Musings – my weekly thought to let students know that Room 303 is different. Room 303 is a safe place to take risks with learning. Room 303 is a place where we are all learning from each other. Below are my first 2 Moler’s Musings post…..