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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom" which is a book that helps students understand how their brain processes information and learns. In the book, I explain why students can learn anything and give strategies on how to learn effectively.

Starbucks My Room: Last Bell Before The First Bell

By Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve | BAM! Radio Network & Teaching Channel Blogger

Better Is Possible

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:

Starbucks My Room Beginnings

And before this weekend:

Starbucks My Room in progress

And this is what the students will see tomorrow:

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.

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