My Classroom Setup




  1. Respect everyone’s right to learn.

  2. Follow all classroom & school rules.

  3. Act with empathy – bring your best self.

  4. One mic, one voice.


  1. Enter quietly.

  2. Take Do Now by door.

  3. Get notebook/binder.

  4. Sit in assigned seat and follow Do Now instructions.


  1. Complete Exit Ticket.

  2. Tidy & clean surroundings.

  3. Line up at door.

  4. Wait quietly to be dismissed.


coming soon


Created giant washi tape grid for monthly calendar on a whiteboard in the back, loaded all assignments on their due date at the beginning of each month. No surprise late work.

Templates (click to edit & print)

Décor (by location)

Above door entering room

  • FREEDOM print by Emory Douglas

  • Enter to Learn… (above door entering room)
    Depart to Serve (above door leaving room)” – Mary McLeod Bethune

  • Safe Space poster

On inner side of classroom door

  • “You are your own best thing.”
    Toni Morrison in English, Spanish, Chinese (when door is open, these greet students as they walk in)

  • Queer space & Wellness half-poster

  • blue cellophane to tint the windows in the doors and increase reflection/reduce distraction

On exterior side of classroom door

  • whiteboard decal where I write the daily main topics of each of my classes

  • a washi tape geometric logo I made of the school mascot with a washi tape heart saying “LOVE” on it

  • “Please knock! Learning inside!”

Storage closet door

  • 50 Women in Science postcards taped into one poster

  • “A safe lab is a happy lab!”

Outside classroom where students wait to enter

Supply cabinet doors where students line up

  • “Mistakes are evidence you are trying.”

  • “Just because you have to do it yourself doesn’t mean you have to do it alone.”

  • I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

  • Latinx leaders at NASA half-poster

  • African-American leaders at NASA half-poster

  • Know Your Rights: A Guide for Immigrants stapled packet

  • Stonewall Was A RiotDon’t Forget Our Queer Story – “I’m not missing a minute of this. It’s the revolution!” - Sylvia Rivera poster

  • lab safety poster

Above whiteboard at front of room

  • “All models are wrong. Some models are useful.”

more coming soon, including doc download for discussion stems