Megan Cannon’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger: Megan Cannon (@), 6th/7th Grade STEM teacher Sapulpa

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We haven’t seen a dirt bike theme before; I love the bright red and flags. She’s got some really nice details like the border on her chalkboard. I am super jealous of her exit door; I wish I could go outside as easily.

STEM classrooms are the staging area for a lot of different activities so I enjoyed the open (hardwood!) floor, even though I know she is still looking to add more tables for collaborative work. Her storage needs are great but I really like how everything is labeled and she has community supplies. Megan has made such an effort to make her students welcome; it looks like they will have a lot of fun this together year.

Rockstar Math Teacher’s Growth Mindset #NotReadyTour

Challenger:  Rockstar Math Teacher (@RoxyGirlTeacher), actually of California but I am claiming it as an outpost of #Oklaed now. We’re national like that 🙂

Blog: Rockstar Math Teacher 

Rockstar Math’s growth mindset math classroom kills me! First of all, I appreciate a fellow teacher who likes natural light. Then let’s talk about her walls, they are full of stylish inspiration without being cluttered. I know this is the #NotReadyTour, but she looks ready for students to me!

Please check out her detailed blog posts here: Be sure to click on her images for the full size.

Traci Richardson’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger: Traci Richardson, Science, Stillwater High School

Twitter: @scienceteachtk

According to Traci, “Still not ready. But my AC is working today & I have all my tables (still not enough chairs).”

I think her classroom looks just grand so far. I love the blue and yellow walls and different tables. I’m also jealous that her poles are blue -mine are gray and horrible. I’d like to see that bookcase up close -is it red? Is it orange? I’m also curious about the posters above the yellow and gray chevron bulletin board? Finally, where are the snakes?

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Megan Veldhuizen’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger: Megan Veldhuizen, Pre-K to 5th Grade Computer Science Teacher, Woodlawn Hills, Lawton

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Twitter: @mrsveldhuizen 

Megan’s “tech space will include STEM project-based learning projects. She is hoping her Donors Choose projects get her more Makerspace items” as well. It’s hard to design a classroom when you are limited by the requirements of desktop computers but Megan’s done a great job. I am most intrigued by the green screen and what kind of projects she has in mind. I also love the Bunsen and Beaker bulletin board. She’s got a great eye for detail and style, as you can probably tell from her logo.


Amy Fine’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger: Amy Fine, 6th Grade Math, Sequoyah Middle School, Edmond

Blog Post: It’s Fine in the Middle

Amy posted her challenge on her blog ( and I was super impressed by her seating options. Besides the surprise of the baby in the corner and bright red carpet squares, I liked seeing the DIY standing desks and can’t wait to hear her students’ response. She’s got great use of color and I am excited every time I see that in outside of elementary. Other highlights for me included the easily accessible Remind QR codes and the bright yellow cabinet cover.

Shanna Mellott’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger:  Shanna Mellott, Senior English, Cache High School

Twitter: @lsmellott

Designing my classroom started in May when I knew that I would be teaching seniors and moving to a different building. I created a plan for the design. I decided to do away with a teacher’s desk and desks for the students. Instead, I will use chairs and tables. The chairs are around the Smartboard; this area is for discussions about the material. The tables are for the days that we reading and writing to do. I want my students to get up and move, not just sit and take notes. The pictures show the progress that has been made since June. The room had a baby blue color, which was painted black and white with red in the middle by the Smartboard. I also designed several objects to go in the classroom. Think of this room as a Victorian Gothic/Elizabethan design.

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Cathy Benge’s #NotReadyTour

Challenger: Cathy Benge, Library Media Specialist, Longfellow Middle School, Enid

Twitter: @cathybenge1

Cathy is a veteran teacher turned first-year librarian taking no prisoners. One of the main features of her library will be a makerspace so big she had to take a panorama. All captions below are from Cathy.




Above: “More freebies for the Makerspace that need to be put away.”


Above: “Need to find a better way to keep wooden letters on textured wall!”


Above: “Classroom items waiting to be ‘dealt with’ from my move to library media.”


Above: “A basket of headaches” – cables that need to be matched up to their machines.