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My almost 2 ½ year old son woke up very distraught this morning. We came back from a family trip to Chicago on Sunday night. We had a fun and relaxing Memorial Day Monday at the park with family and friends, and today it was “back to the grind,” and by that I simply mean getting back to the usual routine.

Adam woke up when my wife Kasia was taking a shower and immediately started crying. Imagine a toddler screaming for his mom, angrily kicking his heels, and thrusting his little body upwards when his dad attempts to comfort him. When mom comes into the room he keeps freaking out, yelling at her to take the towel she has wrapped around her head off. He is relentless.

Somehow we get him to calm down...

But then I try to kiss him goodbye and go downstairs to get ready for work. Meltdown! Unrelenting…

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So a couple of weeks ago I’ve pulled the trigger. I’ve decided to replace what is my traditional chemistry room now with a brand new flexible seating 21st Century Learning Space. I’ve decided to “Starbucks” my classroom. If you are new to the whole idea, please read my post “Starbucks My Classroom” Project: The Master Plan”, join the ride, and visit #StarbucksMyRoom on Twitter for information and inspiration.

I’ve given myself the summer to do it. It hasn’t even started yet. It does for me at 3:30pm Central Standard Time tomorrow. And then, the clock starts ticking. The countdown begins. And this time IT’S BIG.

I’m committed. I’m motivated. I’m energized. And, I’m scared….

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No one knows enough. Period.

And that’s a good thing. I try to remember that.

Recently, a good friend of mine told me that he is convinced the Earth is flat. And, as far as I know, he’s not medicated.

He said that the evidence he’s collected is too overwhelming for him not to believe in it any more. A few days later he handed me a document titled “200 Proofs Earth Is Not a Spinning Ball.” I did not read through all 200 reasons, but upon a closer look I have to concede that at least a few reasons are compelling…

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Hi Friends,

In the spirit of helping everyone who is thinking or already decided to Starbucks their classroom I am sharing the copy/paste of an email I wrote to my school colleagues today to ask for support with the Starbucks My Room Project. I hope you find it helpful! Use, lose, or abuse as my physics teaching colleague Lee Wignall says.

Hi everyone,

I know it's the end of the year and I should just sit down, shut up, and chill, but I can't. And I need your help. I am rearranging my room to create an environment that promotes the 4 Cs. I got the idea from an edutopia article written by Kayla Delzer (a teacher from ND) "Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign"http://edut.to/1No6TXN . I also blogged about it: http://bit.ly/1YcZP37 and http://bit.ly/22MPJq4. Basically, my classroom will look like a swanky cafe next year.

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I want to thank everyone who decided to join the “Starbucks My Classroom” Project and everyone who supports the idea. I am grateful for all the tips, words of encouragement, pictures, retweets, shares, and questions on Twitter and LinkedIn! You Rock!

If this is the first time you’re hearing about this project, check out my 2 previous posts: I’mma Starbucks My Classroom: My 21st Century Manifesto and “Starbucks My Classroom” Project: The Master Plan and join!

In this post, I hope provide encouragement of my own and answer some questions about the project. Some were direct, others posted to #StarbucksMyRoom I’m diving right in.

Q: In our #StarbucksMyRoom quest, is it fine to model our rooms after already made rooms? Until we know more of what works?

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