When Stephanie Stephens got to thinking about the upcoming school year, she didn’t want her class to be a dry learning experience. The teacher for sixth through eighth graders at James L. Capps Middle School in Oklahoma City specializes in special needs students, and knew that many would be coming to her with difficulties in math and English.
So, why not spice things up a bit? Stephanie turned to her favorite book for inspiration, and created a truly awe-worthy classroom that kids and adults are sure to love. Check it out.
If you’re a “Harry Potter” fan, that 9 ¾ on the door is probably getting you really excited, but just wait …
Inside is an entire Potter-themed room!
It’s awesome and magical, but why did she do it? As Stephanie explained: “One of the toughest things as a reading teacher is instilling a love of reading in students that don’t like it. This year, I chose to go with a Harry Potter theme because if I’m excited and enthusiastic, students tend to follow suit.”
The room cost her over $400 of her own money, but a school year filled with students eager to learn is well worth the expense.
And you can tell she is a true fan – just look at Fluffy guarding the shred box!
There’s also a nook for Hedweig …
A box full of paper for Scabbers …
And a special spot for prefects (that’s class leaders for all you Muggles).
One of her students favorite touches are the “potions.” They might just be water and glitter, but they make a great palate cleanser after a hard day of learning.
Best of all? The Potter theme doesn’t end here. Stephanie plans to read one chapter of the book to her students each week, as well as provide art and math projects based on their place in the narrative.
It sounds like a fun and truly educational year. Dumbledore would definitely approve of this amazing teacher who went the extra mile.
Via: Stephanie Stephens