Now that I’m all unpacked 🙂 I have started hanging stuff up on the walls and its addicting! I love finding cool ways to make a space look better – I can only do so much because I asked for some more wall decor for the holidays. But I will be ready to go when I get the gifts 😮
The picture below is my proudest wall display so far – I used some old concert shirts that I don’t wear anymore and hung them in a fun way along the walls!
I really like this image from User Generated Education a lot because it gives a good sense of things you should do to have a successful classroom environment. I was grabbed by the concepts in it – learners’ interests and in instruction, hands-on activities, work with others, challenge the students, engage with emotions, all about the process, and praise effort with success. The drawings are useful to break down the rules into simpler ideas for the students. Many posters that go up in classrooms have pictures with the words to incorporate the visual elements of learning. I had heard of many of these before, but the wording of them is more inspiring!
I will be re-decorating my classroom soon, and this post about bulletin boards will help me with any difficulties! I won’t be rearranging where the boards are, but how to set up borders and arrange pictures will be useful. I’ll post photos of my before and after of the room!
I really want to make time for DIY when I am finished with grad school. It is so relaxing to be creative, and just get in the zone of a cool project for a while 🙂 I used to be very into making designs on Publisher or Powerpoint, but I lost that part of me somewhere when the demands of college kicked in. The fifth grade classroom and my writing class started to bring back my creative side with poems and posters, but I want to strive to go even further with homemade crafts and useful things. This picture alteration seems very cool! It also doesn’t look too complex (some DIY’s have sewing or something that I am not skilled at). I plan to make these with prints of my friends, family, and pets for around my house or gifts to them.
I found a fun way to teach blends with pictures on Pinterest. An image or saying works very well when it comes to remembering sounds. My current CT and school has a song to the tune of “I’m a little teapot” that the students sing about th, wh, ow, sh, and ch. The kids do the noises even on their own! These cards reminded me of that because there is an image that will help the students focus on the letter blends.