What Makes an Inspired Classroom?

As a new year is well underway, I thought it would be fun to explore with you what truly makes an Inspired Classroom.  So, I’ll start by putting the question out to all:

What makes an Inspired Classroom?

I think it breaks down into two main things: the teacher and the room.

The Teacher:  To inspire students, you need to have a wonderful, inspiring teacher.  One that is positive and uplifting to his or her students.  Who encourages and coaches as much as imparts knowledge and the love of learning to students.

The Room: To inspire students, the room needs to have a certain feel to it.  It must be welcoming and inviting.  There should be a layout that cultivates good communication, creativity, and places to explore and study.

Of course, through the years, we have looked at these two things in other posts.  If you are interested in reading further, check out some of these great articles:

What it Means to Be an Inspiring Teacher

(After some great conversations with other teachers on Twitter, I compiled some of the great ideas and thoughts about what it really means to be an inspiring teacher.)

 8 Inspiring Values of Unforgettable Educators

(You will love reading what our guest blogger wrote here – such a great list, and so true!)

Conversations in the Classroom – The Cocktail Party Philosophy

(Here, the idea of classroom atmosphere is discussed – “A good classroom should sound like a really great cocktail party.”)

So, as we begin this long term series for 2014, please add your thoughts in the comments:

What makes an Inspiring Classroom?

~EMP

P.S. Interested in writing a guest post for this series?  Don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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