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Starbucks My Room: Last Bell Before the First Bell

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I had no time. I was stressing out. I watched others get it done. I was in awe.

I was not ready in June. Neither July. Nor August.

I had doubts, fears, and obstacles...

I told the world I'm doing it and I wasn't sure till the very end if I'll be done.

And now - I Am Done!!!

I spent about 6 hours at school finishing it all today. As I was leaving my school parking lot at 2:30, I wanted to scream.

It is Labor Day Monday and I just finished "Starbucksing" my classroom.

If you followed #StarbucksMyRoom you know what I'm talking about.

If the idea is new to you, here's the scoop: I've decided to "Starbucks" my high school chemistry room at the end of the last school year, which means that I've set out to get rid of the traditional student desks and replace them with coffee house type seating and decor. Here's the post that started it all - I’mma Starbucks My Classroom: My 21st Century Manifesto.

Take a look at what my room looked like in mid-August:

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And before this weekend:

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And this is what the students will see tomorrow:

Click to watch the #StarbucksMyRoom- This Is It!!! Video

I have a pretty relaxed, spontaneous, and somewhat unstructured lesson plan for tomorrow. Yet, I've never felt more ready. I AM READY.

I Want My Students To Know That...

I Want You To Know That...

I Want To Know That...

Better Is Possible.

You Have The Power To Change The World. Use It Often.

Thanks for reading and Happy New School Year. If you liked some of my ideas you might want to SIGN UP for my NEWSLETTER and I'll drop more of them straight in your email inbox.

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Oskar is a teacher and 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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