This Teacher Turned Her Classroom Into Hogwarts and the Photos Are Simply Magical
"Magic can happen in public schools."
Staci Lamb is a 9th grade English teacher in Elkton, Maryland, who recently went viral for performing some serious decorative magic on her high school English and language arts classroom. She essentially transformed the space into real-life Hogwarts.
Welcome to Hogwarts ⚡ (aka my classroom lol) pic.twitter.com/txZPBU7KCQ
— Staci Lamb (@EngagingStaci) August 31, 2019
For reference, this is what the classroom looked like before.
This is my room before. I'd like to reiterate that I'm in a PUBLIC school 🍎❤ pic.twitter.com/QODs3tCD85
— Staci Lamb (@EngagingStaci) September 2, 2019
And this is the cozy Gryffindor common room that it is now.
"Harry Potter is the book that made me become a reader," Lamb told Best Life. "I remember waiting in the midnight lines just to get the next book. That's the feeling I want my students to have when we read books and when they come to my room."
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Books are just worlds waiting to be opened 📚 If you missed my stories on the very interesting development of this book page wall, please go watch my 2020 Classroom highlight 😂 Let's just say this: make sure you check what's on your book pages before you hang them up 😂 This took me all of 15 minutes to do. It's an easy, inexpensive way to add some flair to your room and take up some space!
It took Lamb about a month to get everything set up just right, and she used her own creative and financial resources to do it.
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Another corner done ⚡ The bulletin board border is made from book pages, posters are from @buildingbooklove, Marauder's map from Amazon (thanks, @missmathmagician 💛), the trolley cart a Facebook Marketplace find, and the labels are my editable filing cabinet labels. 😊 I'm a corner by corner or section by section decorator. Are you the same, or you do task by task for the entire room?
"I found a lot of items on Facebook Marketplace, Goodwill, yard sales, friends and colleagues, and the University of Delaware campus during move-out weekend," she said.
But the reactions of her students made it well worth all that time and energy.
"The kids love it, especially the lighting," she said. "They appreciate the time I put in, and they know I love what I do every day."
Lamb posted a video of her new classroom on Twitter on August 31st, and it went viral, receiving more than 22,000 retweets and 94,000 likes in a little over a week. Needless to say, people are clamoring for acceptance letters into Lamb's class.
How do I join your class? pic.twitter.com/K1SgEhu5Ax
— Katelyn Callahan (@k_callahan4) September 1, 2019
Lamb said that she hopes the photos remind people how much students matter and shed light on all of the possibilities of education.
"This kind of transformation and magic can happen in public schools," she said.
And for another story about a teacher going beyond the call of duty, check out This Teacher Is Going Viral for His Incredible Spreadsheet of Slang Terms.
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