The few years where I had a classroom of my own I was able to decorate the way that I wanted -- (fake) plants everywhere, lots of lamps, and curtains on the windows that let in plenty of natural light. Walking into a closet is depressing. Walking into a messy, ugly classroom is also depressing (and, sadly, I have seen plenty of classrooms like that in various high schools).
I think that people respond to their environments. If I were to design a school it would look very comfortable, homey, and it would have very large windows everywhere. If I had my choice of office space, it would have windows. Lots of windows. And colorful walls. Tonight Honey and The Teenager and I were watching "Body of Proof," a new show that Hulu carries. In one scene tonight it shows the medical examiner in her office and I said "That's it! That's like the office that I want! Except that Lotus would be under the desk by my feet." Sadly, I couldn't find a picture that even came close.
The nice thing, though, is that it's now spring, and even though it's raining all the time the flowers are finally starting to bloom. That means that when I pull up into my driveway, I see a beautiful picture.
|This is from last year -- not quite an accurate example.|