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This painting of The Little Prince was created by my daughter Madeleine, a former Bromwell student. It is displayed prominently in the classroom. Sometimes when I look at the painting, with the colorful characters upon their different planets, I am reminded of how my students are different, too. They don't come from different planets, but they have varied interests and passions, and different styles of learning. I hope that my classroom can be a place where they all feel at home.

My classroom has a somewhat unique approach to "interior decoration." I have a large collection of action figures and toys displayed above my cupboards. They are hand-me-downs from my own two children. At least, most of them are! I also have a large collection of comic-books in my classroom, many donated by the generous manager of All in a Dream, a great comic-book store at Colfax and Fillmore. I have a large collection of games such as Othello and Mancala, and a variety of chess sets featuring characters from Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and even Scooby-Doo.

I have single desks, as opposed to the two-fers that are found in most Bromwell classrooms. This gives me a greater ability to change the configuration in my classroom. I change the seating plan once a month, so that my students have different seat-partners and work-mates throughout the year.

I love to take the students outside the classroom for reading, writing, and discussions. I think the fresh air is good for them, and I know they enjoy the beauty of our campus. If you stop by the classroom and no one is there, chances are we are right outside. Take a look!

Is the classroom for parents, too?
It sure is! I enjoy having parents come into the classroom. Parents can just pop in for a few minutes to find out what's going on, or they can stay longer and help out in many ways. I offer a wide range of volunteer activities for parents, especially coaching writers in the classroom or running book club meetings . Ms. Maierhofer and I also have a program called the Fourth Grade Forum, a weekly symposium for parents (primarily) to present information about foreign countries and cultures to our students. Find out more about it here. I have a similar parents' program focused on literacy and called the Best Book Series. Find out more about that opportunity here.


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These photos were taken during presentations by our parents.