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Classroom Design and Decoration

Every teacher sooner or later, will have to decorate their classroom. It may seem daunting but it can be really fun IF you make the students part of this. Get them making the decorations and being an active part of the process.

Here are a few fundamentals I've picked up over the years. I've outlined them in a nice slide show with photo captions. (when it opens, select "slideshow" to get the captions)

Please add your own ideas. Get more pics and videos of other teacher's classrooms HERE. [Note: these classrooms are mainly for teachers of Young Learners]

Full Alphabet Cards.pdf

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Comment by Roselink on March 30, 2010 at 7:19am
Would you like to see my classroom? I'm a secondary teacher and this is the 1st time ever I've got a place of my own. Students come to my classroom, which is on the 3rd floor, but despite the fact that it is not as cute as the ones displayed in your presentation, they love coming up to their English classroom.
I like changes and hate boredom, I can't stand boring faces in my classes and among other things I change classroom settings on a regular basis, well, I try to give a new beginning every morning so I plan activities for different types of groupings. To be honest, what I change most frequently is desk placement.
There are times when I want students to collaborate in small groups, so I organize them around tables or clusters of desks. However, the basic setup in my classroom is the U-shaped desk configuration. I've always liked this arrangement but never had the opportunity to do it frequently because I had to share the classroom with other teachers and they, can't really tell why, they won't let me arguing that classroom management gets really difficult in that U-shaped arrangement.
I have never believed that, I'm not that fool. Whatever the reasons that is not the real one.

Who cares now? This school year is special to me because I'm aware this classroom gift won't last forever. It's common practice in my Autonomous Community to make public education the poor relative in the system.
I'll upload the pics in a minute.
Comment by Roselink on March 30, 2010 at 7:31am
Here they are. Next time I'll share the ones that show desk setups.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on March 30, 2010 at 7:45am
You know, I never took pictures of my classrooms. Sometimes another grown-up would tell me I'd be sorry, but... I liked seeing it in my mind (besides, messes are so much easier to straighten up that way!)

But I've been lucky to have the sweetest rooms. Windows full of plants. Blue Christmas lights peeking out from underneath the bulletin board borders. For 4th grade, a big red heart with the title, "We Belong Here" and pics of us in pairs, duets, and our names in computer cursive below, so if you forgot someone's name you could just go over and look, you didn't have to admit you had forgotten it! :D

My favorite way I ever organized the desks was in almost a complete circle. I had a student who used an electric wheel chair, and it was the only configuration where he could visit spontaneously, under his own power, with any other kid in the class. We had two openings big enough for him to get his chair through. It turned out to be a very friendly configuration!

Did you see the comment I left earlier on your room, Rosa? I'm not sure where it got posted ; )
Comment by Roselink on March 30, 2010 at 9:09am
Yes, I've seen the comment this morning but I culdn't tell who the visitor was, you didn't sign at the end. Nevermind, I thought it might be yours. Thanks.
I had never taken pics from my classrooms before, I didn't have any. In Spanish secondary schools classrooms are organized in terms of groups of students not subjects or areas. Now that I've seen the advantages I'm going to have real difficulties to get back to normal ;-(

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Comment by ddeubel on March 30, 2010 at 12:40pm
Rosa,

Wonderful, magnifico! I could even smell those flowers!

Really nice to get an inside look at a classroom -- we don't do it often but it is really insightful. Thanks.
Comment by Roselink on March 30, 2010 at 3:37pm
Well, next time I'll be more careful and set everything all right. My pullover was on my desk because I was leaving then. But as I was leaving I saw what my students had drawn on the board so that's why I decided to take the pictures. After that I came here and saw your post soooo I thought it would be a good idea to share with other teachers.
Now you know how a standard >(or average) public secondary school looks like in a big town near Madrid.

You're welcome.

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Comment by ddeubel on May 22, 2010 at 1:17pm
Here is a wonderful video of a kindergarten classroom. His other videos (just click on Vimeo) are of other classrooms/grades in the school. A great look at a wonderful school and classroom design.

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