According to an article posted by The Huff Post Good News, Stephanie Stephens brought the magical world of Harry Potter into her classroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Stephens teaches elective math and reading at James L. Capps Middle School. While working at a camp during the summer, she was inspired to decorate her classroom with details of Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) by her own love for the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
“It got me thinking that if I can get adults to be excited about reading using Harry Potter, I can get my students excited about reading as well!” she recalled.
Mrs. Stephens took a week to plan and order the decorations related to the first book about the boy wizard. She even persuaded her sister, who is an artist, to paint the lightning bolt and Harry’s glasses on “Mrs. Stephens’ Room” board. After getting the materials and items she needed, Mrs. Stephens took another four days to put it all together.
“I thought of all the magical things Harry saw and experienced and put myself in his shoes and picked the things that I could pull off in a classroom,” she said.
“I chose to go with the Harry Potter theme because if I am excited and enthusiastic, students tend to follow suit,” she told HuffPost. “My goal is to help students find at least one book or genre that they can find exciting and be as enthusiastic about as I am regarding Harry Potter.”
On the first day of school, surprisingly enough, there were some children who were confused because they didn’t know about Harry Potter. However, the majority of them were excited and looked forward to the fun activities Mrs. Stephens planned for the year. The article quoted her to have commented:
“Their favorite part of the entire classroom are the potions. They love playing with them while waiting for class to start.”
The article continued to note that Mrs. Stephens’ husband shared photos of her classroom on Reddit.
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