A dedicated teacher has spent over 70 hours converting his classroom into a scene from Harry Potter for his students this term.
For most people who grew up (or are growing up) reading J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, it’s their ultimate dream to get a letter finally saying they’ve been accepted into Hogwarts.
Unfortunately, it’s a cruel pipe dream, you’d have a better chance of finding a Horcrux in your Coco Pops than getting a much-cherished letter come 1st September.
However, one teacher from Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the US, aims to add a little bit of magic into his syllabus, after he converted his classroom into a Hogwarts-style utopia.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, teacher Kyle Hubler said:
I love Harry Potter because of the impact it had on me as a kid. Being a kid can be tough sometimes ― there were times when I felt weird and that I didn’t belong to any circle of friends, and reading the books was a way to escape that and feel like I did belong
When Hubler – who’s been teaching for four years to seventh and eighth grade students at his middle school – found out he’d be moving to a new classroom, he decided to remodel his new settings based on one of his and his students’, favourite books.
As I grew up, I became more skilled in socialising and developed stronger connections with friends, but the lessons in the books about acceptance, loyalty, and integrity stayed with me and inform a lot of the philosophy I have in my approach to teaching and how I interact with my students.
Hubler, who had already infused some Harry Potter themes in his old classroom, decided to go even bigger when he found out he was going to get a much larger classroom.
He brought over his personal collection of Potter merchandise to decorate his new digs and spent over a month working on the room’s decor to make it special for his students.
Many of the supplies were purchased at hardware stores or online and the expenses were out of pocket, but I found creative ways to keep the costs down by looking for things second hand at garage sales and on Facebook’s marketplace.
When Hubler finally unveiled the Hogwarts-style classroom to his new students he got a brilliant reaction:
[I] heard audible gasps and saw jaws drop to the floor.
They were scrambling around the room to inspect every little detail and were excitedly showing their peers what they discovered.
I really love what I do and I love the students I get to work with. I want them to feel like my class is a place they are excited about going to and to have fun learning.
As a kid I remember my biggest dream was to go to Hogwarts someday, but I knew I could never truly go there and that was a disappointment to feel like I had to give up on that dream.
When I became a teacher and started talking to my students about their dreams I realised I had the power to make my childhood wish come true.
It wasn’t necessarily in the way I imagined as a kid, but it still feels like I made my 12-year-old self proud and fulfilled that kids dream…
I want my students to feel like they can achieve their dreams as well, no matter how big or magical.
Sure is one way to get your students to pay attention in class and to encourage them to follow their dreams!
Well played Mr. Hubler!