Before the kids come back to school on the first day, teachers are busily preparing a classroom for the new school year.
Teachers plan the classroom space carefully, intentionally, and prepare it with a lot of work through the summer. Sometimes they also spend their own money.
In Winona Minnesota, Amanda Indra is the second grade bilingual teacher for the Spanish Immersion program at Madison Elementary. She has spent five to ten hours a week since July arranging the desks, space, and bulletin boards for her intern from Spain. She also plans the artwork, which is unique to the class.
“The things you’ll see in a normal elementary classroom you definitely see, but in Spanish,” she said.
She has a world map in Spanish that needs to be hung. She also has personalized the space with a jungle themed reading corner, complete with pillows, books, and artwork she bought on a trip to Costa Rica. Many of these items for the classroom environment have been paid for out of her own pocket.