classroom décor can be a touchy subject. It’s easy to consider it the domain of
primary educators, or feel afraid of being judged by students or other teachers
for trying to be cute or not treating students as near-adults.
ways that honor the age of your students and your own life and personality as
well. I still love to work in a beautiful space and I’m far older than your
students, so I’m willing to bet they’ll be happy if you try out a few of these
Decor all starts with the door. Should we decorate it or not? Personally, I’m all for it. Here are a few simple, age-appropriate ideas.
square photo with a caption that shows them doing something they love or visiting a place they care about. That way your Instagram door represents your whole community and not just you.
up every book they read all year. Add yours too. Every day as students come in they will see new titles and ideas for their independent reading. Invite students to write a quick sentence about the book or draw a picture, or put stars around it if they’d highly recommend it.
Another great way to decorate your room is with book displays. They are colorful, interactive, and don’t risk being age inappropriate. You can
decorate a significant part of your classroom with books on display and
recommended reading posters.
I love using the Big Huge Labs “Motivational Poster” tool to make book recommendation posters. You just snap a photo of someone with their favorite book and then upload it to the poster and add your recommendation caption. These make great classroom decor, especially around your book displays.
Bulgaria who created an amazing display of travel photos of himself
around Europe. I’m sure they started so many conversations with his students. Consider adding a section in your classroom that shows you with
in my classroom, and also as story starters for journal writing. Build a postcard
collection from your travels and ask friends and students to contribute. Soon
you’ll be sharing images from all over the world with your students. Add literary quotations that relate to the images to draw them in. Travel may be a bit more broadening, but
seeing a postcard collection on the wall every day is a good start to opening up
your students’ horizons.
high. Collect best work and display it on a shelf or bulletin board, then draw students’ attention there when you introduce a project with an example on display. The hall of fame makes for a colorful and inspiring display on any classroom wall. To download the banner I made for mine, just click here.
I hope these ideas help you get inspired to decorate your classroom in some fun new ways this year. I’d love for you to share your classroom photos (and ideas and questions) with our community over in my Creative High School English Facebook group! Just click to join.
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