It started out as a joke, but turned into something that is making me think in a new way.
It all started when my new teaching partner began in my class. I needed a place that wasn't in my classroom to store a few things because every time I went in to get something, it would really interrupt his teaching. My principal gave me access to room 106 which I share with the Aboriginal Ed program and the reading to dogs program (I'm not kidding). But when I went in there, the space was so uninviting (it is also used for desk storage and paper supplies, etc.) that it depressed me too much to go in there.
So little by little I started decorating it with little odds and ends. With the lights on, it still looks like an ugly classroom/storage space, but with the right lighting, it looks like a very relaxing cafe. I pretty much kept this to myself, but as time went on, more staff members learned about it. Now it's to the point that I can show up at work and find someone in there having coffee by herself, or sometimes and I will spend my spare blocks with someone in there having an espresso. My crowning moment was one Friday at 5:30 there were about 8 of us in there (including a TOC/sub), hanging out, playing music. Did I mention that it was 5:30 on the Friday when Spring Break had already begun almost 3 hours before?