A Room With a View: Slice of Life #sol21 4/31

Yesterday I taught in my new classroom for the first time. It was a quick visit, a low-stakes test run during advisory to prepare for two full days of teaching in the building next week.

I was only there for thirty minutes, but it was more than enough time to fall in love with my new space, a corner classroom on the third floor.

The corner means that I have two giant walls of windows that soar to the ceiling. The third floor means that I have a view.

I’d told myself not to get my hopes up, to be grateful for any window at all and to expect a view of the parking lot or the warehouse or the strip mall. Or maybe the mirrored round skyscraper that’s the one building in Detroit I can’t seem to find much affection for.

I already had a plan for how I could get my daily river views. Because I am not going to work practically on the water and not get to see it every day. I could lunch in the cafeteria and step outside onto the fourth-floor terrace, which has expansive river views. I could leave the building at lunch or during my prep to walk the block and a half to the riverfront, breathe it in for a moment, and then return to the building to work.

But I only have to lift my eyes from my laptop to get my fill of the river, because I have a river view from my classroom!

Now it’s more a sliver of water, nearly hidden behind a vacant lot and a water tower and some abandoned warehouses. But to me, it’s perfect.

16 thoughts on “A Room With a View: Slice of Life #sol21 4/31

  1. I find empty classrooms paradoxical. At once they are so full of potential if they were in use and so quiet when empty. Your lowered expectations are so indicative of the moment; you deserve that river view, and so do your students. Congratulations on your new real estate.

  2. Some may think that it doesn’t matter what the view or if there are any windows at all, but it is not true. A good view adds to the well being and positive mood. I am happy for you.

  3. Agreed that a view can really lift your mood. My current office is an inner classroom with no windows, and I often need to stretch my legs and head outside. Many productivity studies, for adults and students, support this as well. My challenge would be on those dreary rainy days or snow days to be able to lift the mood. Oh, but to have a view!

  4. The view from one’s window can certainly affect the mood of the day. I would imagine this view will give great writing opportunities. I would also think it would have a calming effect on a stressful day. Enjoy the view.

  5. I have to tell you that just the sight of all of those windows and the LIGHT completely brought me to awe. So often, we are forced inside rooms with hardly a sliver or the outside world! Your gratitude for this space comes through loud and clear, Elisabeth. Your modeling of this small gift to your students will hopefully give them a sense of gratitude for it as well. We all need reminders of what it is we have to hang onto for keeping us afloat. Sometimes it’s just light.

  6. What a beautiful classroom! I’m so glad you’ll have a view of the water to look at (as well as plenty of natural light). Thanks for the great post!

  7. Those windows are magnificent. Every teacher deserves such a view. I love the way you made a plan to see the water every day and then received the gift of your new room.

  8. What a gift! A room with a view makes such a difference. And a room with a view of water … well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

  9. Love how you planned ahead and how you were rewarded when you got your first glimpse of your new digs. Sunlight is so important and a river view, even a sliver of a view, is the frosting on the cake. My view in my classroom of the 80s was the parking lot. But I’ll take a parking lot view over no view any day. Windows are essential elements for me.

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