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Starbucks My Classroom E-mail To Colleagues

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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.

Anyway, my goal is to spend $0 of my own money, which means I have to be creative, think critically, collaborate, and communicate.

All I'm asking is this:

1. If you are getting rid of used, but suitable furniture (no strange smells etc.) such as coffee tables, chairs, couches, futons, bean bags, rugs, picture frames, armchairs etc. please think of donating (I think it's a write-off as we are non-profit).

2. If you know someone who is updating or have any other leads please let me know as well.

3. If you have anything you think might be suitable in your classroom and you don't want it let me know.

Thanks a lot- back to thoughts of beach, sunshine, and margaritas,

Oskar Cymerman

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Oskar is a teacher and an author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." Oskar specializes in brain-based teaching and learning strategies to help students become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn.

Oskar has a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. He teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering. His professional interests are brain-based learning, flexible seating in middle and high school (#StarbucksMyRoom founder), social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.

He is also a fan of the Jedi order (and uses DA FORCE frequently), ninjas, and the superhero in all of us. He is on a Quest to Change the World because he can. We all can.

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