Local Cool School: ‘Crash My Classroom’ Stuns Local Teacher

Local Cool School

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of her students, one Mid-South teacher received a major makeover.

The way our children are learning is changing. Teachers we talked to say the tools we used at school, chalkboards and books, is old school. So what does the classroom of the future look like? We got a chance to see it.

Through the halls of Farmington Elementary School, teachers are working up to the minute to get ready for the first day back to school. But in Joy Lustig’s room, there’s no hustle or bustle–at least not now.

Her classroom was transformed over the summer break into a 21st century learning space. But keeping it a secret and keeping Ms. Lustig out of the building was a huge undertaking.

“I’m so glad I can trust my friends. Not a single person said anything,” said Lustig.

Her class, which learned she won the ‘Crash My Classroom’ contest before school ended, kept it secret too.

The students sent the selection committee a video with her application and then crews got to work. The finished product–a $25,000 makeover that keeps up with 21st century students.

Gone are the traditional desks, blackboards and dry-erase boards. Now it’s all about technology, touch screens and versatile spaces designed to be mobile, hands-on and in an instant.

Ms. Lustig can’t wait for the 1st day.

“I hope the kids are going to love looking forward to learning new things.”

The contest for Germantown schools selected two winners. The two classrooms will serve as a pilot project of sorts. If the furniture and technology work out well this school year, it could be added to even more Germantown classrooms in the future. 

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