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Case Study Seven

Ms. Rice used to spend several days before school started decorating her classroom. Not any more. Now the kids arrive to an almost bare classroom, and then she and the kids decorate the walls. Together they put up calendars, frame areas for studentsí work, and create individual spaces for their personal materials. As they work, Ms. Rice explains the purpose and value of each space. She is convinced that by doing this they understand and use the resources in the spaces much more quickly. She now uses more of the time before school starts for curriculum planning.