Thursday, October 6, 2016

My Science Classroom Decorations

I'm always confused when I hear other teachers say that you shouldn't bother to decorate your secondary classroom because it doesn't matter to students. While it's definitely not necessary to decorate your classroom, having a classroom that is neat, put together, and color coordinated makes me happy AND encourages both my students and myself to keep the room in order. I will admit that my classroom is sometimes a little crazy-looking between my decorations and my flexible seating arrangements, but I've worked hard to make sure that my decorations are both cute and functional and I thought that I'd give a little "mini-tour" of my classroom walls. This isn't everything, but most of the bigger things! Also, I should apologize in advance for the lamination- my room is super humid, and anything that isn't laminated will curl up. I did my best to avoid the glare from the lamination.

First of all, my room has an AMAZING set of cabinets along one side of the room. They're amazing for storing supplies and also for poster displays! The cabinets closest to my desk are used for my personal supplies and have important school information posted on them. These are the middle cabinets and hold my graphing and experimental variables reminders. The DRYMIX variables posters remind my students how to identify independent and dependent variables and determine what axis on a graph they belong on. TAILS is the acronym that I use to remind my students about the parts they should be checking/including in their graphs. We use both of these acronyms in our interactive notebooks, so these are just a reminder for students to look at when they're creating graphs. This set of posters is available bundled together in my TPT store! I just printed them onto Astrobrights paper.

A lot of my students really struggle with taking notes, so we work throughout the year on ways to make their notes work for them. I try to introduce one or two of these skills every month for students to use while they're taking or reviewing their notes, and I keep the posters up in my room year-round as a reference.

This root words bulletin board is on the opposite wall from the cabinets. I don't have a single "real" bulletin board in my classroom, so this is a black plastic tablecloth from the Dollar Tree that I stapled on to the wall and stapled border on top. I'm making an effort to use more root words in my teaching, so I put some common roots up there to begin with and plan on adding more as the year goes on. The letters are from the Dollar Tree, border is from the teacher store, and the cards are from Biology Roots' TPT store (these are the smallest size).

This area is where I display student work. On the far right side, you can see the root words board from above and some of the pompoms I have hanging up. The papers are just black scrapbook paper with Astrobrights on top. As you can see, the student work that I'm displaying is a little rough because of the humidity- I have clothespins up right now, but I think I might put page protectors up instead so I can slide work in and out without worrying about it curling! The "Remember that you matter" decal is vinyl that I cut on my Cricut. It's important to me that my students know how important they are!

I am not 100% happy with this (it's not centered!) so I will probably end up redoing this one but I got this idea off of Pinterest, printed the words in some of my favorite fonts, and put them on astrobrights. This little half-board was made the same way as the other!

Finally, these are my only classroom guidelines. I keep them right in the middle of the room, between my whiteboards, so students can see them at all times!

I hope you enjoyed this look at what's on my walls!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the pictures of your posters. So inspiring!