Look at it Differently, or Where I Managed to Put the Bookshelf

I want to thank Elysabeth for her comment yesterday on my post Look at Things Differently where I described my vanilla dilemma of where to put my classroom bookshelf. I placed it too far into my math wall and so I was thinking all was lost. After I slept on it and drew a schematic I had an “aha.” I put it in the middle! (embarrassingly simple conclusion I admit). Below is a before and after. The point I was making was made, with a visual. Mind you, this was a very simple matter but it made my point in the post about all matters of classroom decor: look at it differently.

I published this “idiot’s” conclusion (the idiot being me) because I feel it makes my point solid: if you take the time to look at your predicament “differently” you are likely to find a solution that is simple, possible and often right under your nose.


Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Look at it Differently, or Where I Managed to Put the Bookshelf”

  1. Interesting – the picture in your first posting (the dilemma) doesn’t look anything like the second and third pictures – so maybe that is why I was confused – lol. I’m glad you came to the conclusion and that it all worked out perfectly for you. I think the confusing part for me was all the white board looking pieces around a bookcase and the bookcase looking like it was actually elevated up on a counter or something – but you got it figured out and now the kids and you will be happy – I’m glad I’m not a teacher and having to deal with arranging my room – but then again, it could be fun if that is your passion (teaching that is). See you in the postings – E :)

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