Category: Classroom Decorating

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Looking Back: Evolution of a Classroom

When I think back to how my classroom has evolved over the last ten years, so much has changed.  But, many things have remained the same.  From the very first moment I stepped into my classroom I knew one thing… I wanted my students to know that I was excited to have them there, learning together was going to be awesome, and it was our room.  I also have always wanted them to know that I value creativity.  I never set out to create everything from scratch, but every summer it became a fun game of hunting thrift stores, spray...

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There’s No Place Like Learning!

My summer ended with intense jet lag in which I seemingly woke up with a glue gun in my hand, muttering “Let’s do this!”  It was just days before Open House and it was time to get the room set up.  I’m a firm believer that a classroom does not have to be expensive to set up.  Rather, it’s about using what you have, repurposing what other’s are throwing out, and putting your heart (and creativity!) into creating a unqiue space that will say to your students “Learning happens here!” This year, I really wanted a classroom theme that was...

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A Dose of Pintereality: The Brain

I love Pinterest. But, my life? It doesn’t live up to Pinterest.  Here’s a dose of what I like to call Pintereality. I’ve gotten a few requests asking me how I created this brain for my classroom wall.  The glowing brain you see on Pinterest is a finished product.  The real reality? My hands were covered in adhesive.  My kitchen table stained with spraypaint, and I had to improvise with duct tape and bowls on the back to hang this thing on my wall. After it fell down about 98 times, it finally stayed.  Last summer, I was like, oh,...

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The Learning Space

I think a lot about setting up the perfect learning space.  By perfect I mean three things: It inspires thinking. It welcomes kids. It feels like home.    In getting ready for next year, I am tossing around different theme ideas.  I *think* I have settled on two (yes, I have two spaces to set up, twice the fun!) but have a few others that keep tugging at my brain… 1.) Journey to Oz… “Learning is about the journey, not the destination.”  Learning takes brains, hearts, courage, and believing in yourself.  Toto and his basket of questions all over the...