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My Favorite Classroom

My Favorite Classroom
Originally uploaded by Pegasus Librarian.

It’s not included on any registrar’s list of Carleton classrooms, but it really does get used every once in a while. If you look closely you can even see the blackboard (which is usually covered in the detritus of learning).

It’s one of those things that gives me that warm, fairytale vision of life and learning. You know the one. It’s the same vision that allows you to “see” the quiet domestic scenes that could take place in houses that leave their lights on and their curtains open at night.

Just as I always see tranquil evening scenes complete with fireplaces, books, soft music, and quiet companionship when I look into those lighted rooms, I can’t help but imagine classes on Wordsworth and Keats being held in this outdoor classroom.

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  1. Julian Julian

    When I was in college, a new outdoor ampitheater was built on the campus. It was placed between some campus apartments and the softball field, but it was in a great setting. The best part was the view of an excellent mountain. I never had a class there, but on a mild, mid-fall afternoon, it would have been a perfect alternative to the more concrete indoor classroom.

  2. Iris Iris

    We don’t have any mountains here. I sure wish we did, though. Mountains and trees are two of my favorite landscape elements. Water’s way up there on the list, too. So if I’m by a mountain stream under trees I’m a happy camper.

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