Classrooms don’t have to be institutional and dreary places – in fact, teachers are discovering that more inviting classrooms create more opportunities for learning. In Simply Beautiful, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (also known as “The Sisters”) visit the classrooms of five new teachers to help each one deal with specific design challenges that include:
- redesigning poor lighting in the meeting area;
- displaying student work creatively;
- reorganizing materials for easy access;
- sorting through accumulated materials in a cramped storage area; and
- dressing up plain walls on a budget.
The video includes a fifteen-minute tour of a model classroom at the start, giving viewers a sense of possibility and the research base that supports elegant classroom design. Joan and Gail then move into the classrooms of their young colleagues, and with flair and humor show how simple, “quick change” strategies can yield amazing results. Each makeover takes less than 30 minutes in real-time, with minimal expense. Inspiring and fun, Simply Beautiful will have you itching to roll up your sleeves and start transforming your own classroom in no time.
You can watch a brief preview of the introduction to the DVD below. Please be aware that the quality of web video is significantly lower than that of the published DVD kit:
Joan Moser and Gail Boushey are known simply as “The Sisters” to the teachers they have worked with in Washington state and throughout the country. They are biological sisters, and elementary teachers with over forty years of teaching experience between them. Gail is currently a literacy specialist and Joan is a grades K-2 multiage teacher. In addition to full-time teaching, they are nationally known consultants specializing in literacy, assessment, and creating lovely spaces for learning in classrooms.
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