I’m trying to make it OUR classroom this year. One way is to delve out more responsibility to the students in their learning, classroom jobs, etc.
Another way is to make them feel like it is OUR classroom, not just MY classroom. So the first week of school I had them make name art pictures. And then I put them on our ceiling tiles.
I was not scared at all climbing the ladder, gazing upward toward the sky, while at the same time holding 4 pushpins and a sheet of paper. (Insert sarcasm here)
But the kids think it’s SO cool. And so do I.