A small neatly engraved sign hangs upon a large wooden door...
In the Tower
From 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday - Sunday
Professor Kateri Karr
Students would enter to see this was no ordinary classroom... There were no rows of desks neat and orderly facing a chalkboard. Nor rows of benches resting under wide desks for students to sit two or three across. Instead they would find themselves in a large indoor classroom with plenty of room for various activities. To the immediate left when entering the classroom would be a set of shelving with spots for students to keep their notes, journals, extra jumper or gear for colder weather, or other classroom materials necessary should they choose to, in part to not give any excuses for students to come to class unprepared nor too cold and uncomfortable. Along the other side of the circular room were carefully stacked square cushions that students could use to sit on when they found themselves doing an indoor lecture. A handful of chairs were also provided for those that might have difficulties sitting on the floor or unable to easily maneuver kneeling/standing. If they were to hold an indoor class due to weather or other instances, Professor Karr would gather the students together in a horseshoe shape to face the large mechanical Orrery in the center of the room that she stands by while lecturing. The lack of desks is mainly to keep students from laying on them at the late hours of class, removing any temptation to nap during class... as well as giving them all line of sight to one another during group participation and debates.
Typically classes would instead be held outside, a three story climb up an elegant curved staircase leading to the overhead observatory. A place that like with previous Professors, remained under magical lock when Professor Karr or one of her fellow staff were nowhere close by.
As with the previous Professor Equinox, Kateri has obtained various enchanted orreries for class use. Some of which sit on the very same shelving, wanting to keep them in a familiar spot to students who previously may have been taught by him and easily attained when in groups for classwork. The largest orrery in the middle changing magically to reflect the current movements and keeping up in real time through another more involved enchantment than the smaller ones set for specific seasons etc. The constellations that had also been in the class during previous Professors still moved in a silent evolution around the spiral staircase that lead first up to the area with Kateri's desk. A spot she rarely uses unless grading particularly lengthy homework and can otherwise be seen in the middle of the room on cushions and her work before her or in her lap.
Though mostly untouched, her desk would not reveal its lack of use as atop it are scattered pages and notes from her own research. One quill with dried ink on it resting on an old piece of parchment with haphazardly scratched reminders while another sits in its inkwell longing to be used. A more modern writing implement, a pen would be tucked instead behind the Professor's ear while she works. A large oak drawer could be seen partially pulled out with a scrolls wedged inside and peeking out from over the edge of their wooden housing. On the back of the velvet padded chair would rest not one, not two, but three different cardigans, pull-overs or button up jackets of some kind long forgotten by the Professor who was too chilly to leave it in her closet but too warm to take it back with her upon leaving for the morning. On the shelving behind the desk were neatly stacked, shocking I know, books of all kinds from all eras, whatever the Professor had gotten her hands on. If it involved Astronomy or an inkling of it, it would be there. Students were allowed to utilize the books in the room however not permitted to remove them from the classroom. Staggered on the shelves were small totems of animals, some linked to various Zodiac or cultures including her own. Most were carved from stone or bone, the most prominent a larger moonstone carved wolf standing on all fours with its ears alert... eyes some sort of other unrecognizable gems... but almost as if they were watching the students every move.
As always the open walls of the classroom were blocked by invisible walls given the illusion that it was open-air when in fact it was not, not completely anyway. Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Kateri had enjoyed the openness and felt it gave the students a sense of "fresh air" during class, even a chilly nip to their cheeks should they find their eyelids too heavy that particular night. It also served as a way for her to keep tabs on the outside weather in case she decided to bring the class to the observatory partway through a lecture.
The door to the main classroom would remain open and unlocked so long as Kateri was in the classroom or observatory. Eager to help any who entered with a question or led by curiosity, the professor can normally be seen in the middle of the room doing grading or her own research, in her down time working on bead work or reading, keeping an eye on the door should someone need her. Each class, Kateri would be clear to her students that should they need her for anything, even outside class problems or concerns, they were absolutely welcome to meet with her during her scheduled office hours, by Owl or privately if need be.
Please only enter one student at a time. If someone else is already interacting with Kateri then please wait patiently until said student gets sent away or leaves. You can visit for whatever reason and ask whatever you please, but keep in mind not to godmode Kateri with dialogue or her actions. Doing so will result in a warning owl to edit your post and if it is not edited within 24 hours I will delete it and move on to the next student.
"Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."-Elie Wiesel