Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Decorating a high school or college classroom

One of the things I miss while teaching at the college level is having my own classroom to decorate!  I really enjoy decorating but found it difficult my first year of teaching because most classroom decorations are very elementary in appearance!

I didn't want to decorate in bright primary colors and with cartoons.  I had a feeling that wouldn't jive with my students so I started searching for products that were academically appropriate AND would appeal to the aesthetic tastes of high school students.

Here are some of the products I found.  I love them, and students have responded really well.

Literary Techniques Educational Poster Series: Alliteration, Anthropomorphism, Personification, Hyperbole, Repetition, Onomatopoeia, Simile, Imagery, Metaphor and Foreshadowing

Then, using the general colors found in the posters up top I found this magnetic border to use on my whiteboard to help separate it out for my "I Can" statements, the daily agenda, and homework. I like these much more than using tape on the board.
Learning Resources Magnaborders Circles

I also used this cart- I loved that it was clear instead of the primary colors. I've used it as a turn in bin and as organization for missing work.

I used that color scheme as much as possible in my classroom and it was still bright and fun but didn't feel like a little kid room.  Now, why didn't I take any pictures?!

What do you do to decorate your room for older students?

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

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