Does anybody else feel this way? I always try to have my room ready before students walk in on the first day; it just helps me feel more put together and prepared. I love to be crafty, but like most secondary English teachers with 75+ kids a day, I just don’t have the time to replace monthly boards with elaborate and often pricey art. Plus I want my classroom full of juniors and seniors to feel comfortable, too, so nothing too over-done or too Disney Channel or too, well, you get the picture!
The solution is simple: I picked a relevant theme that can stand the test of time, planned “bulletin boards” that are student-centered, and designed my room around that theme so not only do the elements match, but they also develop the theme. I chose the theme “Rock Stars” because I like to use that concept to inspire, inform, and motivate my students. I tell them we are on stage like a rock star performing from bell to bell every day! I even let them share with me their concert-going experiences on the first day of school, and we talk about how the star is giving 100% for the entire show. It is a fun way to cover rules, get to know each other, and it is a simple yet purposeful theme. Here are 5 ideas for making your walls student-centered, creative, and easy to update.
title or objective what’s to be covered each day will do. I also like to put
up-coming tests and homework in red ink.
for the Unit – Again, nothing fancy here, but it does
help guide the focus of the unit and provide a fun interactive way to review at
grammar quizzes. I take the averages of all my classes and post them.
Sometimes I make it a challenge and they can compete against other classes for
a prize! Additionally, the students chart their personal growth in their
student work. When it comes to student work, I always
post creative tasks and projects, and I almost always post everyone’s work.
folders to the board. This way things don’t get lost, scattered, or look
cluttered. Since I am also the yearbook teacher, and we use my classroom
as the yearbook room, this type of “bulletin board” works perfectly
for everything we need, too.
whiteboards. The other precious real-estate consists of my “décor.” My
classroom theme hasn’t changed for several years now, but my boards are always
up-to-date and changing. My strategy for keeping the boards
up-to-date so students get don’t get bored is all in the content and purpose –
boards with need-to-know information and moments of celebration for students.In a secondary classroom, it is often unique to find a room with creative
and cohesive decorations, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. The best décor is the kind that is
thoughtful and doesn’t take much time to create but packs a huge punch and puts
See MORE classroom decor and organizational pics at these posts, too!
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