I'm not quite sure when beautifying your classroom became such a trend. Don't get me wrong, teachers have always worked hard on their bulletin boards, but one look at Pinterest and it's easy to see that classroom decoration has been bumped up a notch. Colour-coordinated bulletin boards in trendy colours and patterns, comfy reading nooks with couches and giant cushions, soothing lighting and giant cardboard trees abound. And why not? Why shouldn't we transform our cinder-block walled, institutional-looking classrooms in to places where teachers and kids want to be? It seems logical that students will learn better in well-organized, cohesive spaces, intentionally designed by teachers to invite them in.
Having embraced this concept, we went shopping! We went shopping in the school, gathering tables, cupboards and chairs that we could re-purpose in our space. We went shopping in our own homes, finding cork boards and fabric. We went to Michael's, the dollar store and the teacher store, buying the bits and pieces that make this room an inviting space for kids and teachers.
We're pretty proud of the final product but are always on the hunt for new things to dress it up. Who doesn't want an ever more beautiful, organized space to work and learn in?
I'm Bryn, teacher, mom, book lover, athlete. I am passionate about literacy, collaborative teaching and finding new and innovative ways to engage & motivate all kids. I hope you find something that speaks to you here on my blog and would love to hear from you too!