I’ve been doing one of those back-to-school tasks that fills me with dread and excitement: setting up my classroom. The job can be overwhelming and the spaces never quite come together as seamlessly as I’d like. At the same time, I love getting back to my classroom and creating a fresh new space to call my own. While at times it seems silly to spend so much brain and pocketbook power on the perfect set-up, I figure that I spend far more waking hours in these four walls than in my own bedroom and my students spend more waking hours with me than at their home. This classroom becomes our entire community and world and it needs to be welcoming, functioning, and safe. If it happens to reflect my personal design choices, all the better.