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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Importance of decorating your classroom

I truly believe that a classroom should be an inviting place. Yes~ we have lots and lots of responsibilities placed upon~ and it seems more and more each year but I think "bare" walls are not something you should have in your classroom.So~ especially for new teachers....I say decorate your room~ even if you teach high school!!! It's your home away from home~ make it inviting with lots for students to see about what you will be teaching~ current events~inspirational quotes~ pictures of places in the world~hanging works of students~ having personal things(in my case-bears~ sunflowers and almost anything purple~ my 6th grade report card and picture~ etc).

I found this decorating tip to be very helpful to me and wanted to share: During study hall the last week of school with testing done~ and less assignments for the students to work on~ I often asked if anyone wished to cut out "fresh" letters for next year's bulletin boards. Students helped me take down all my boards.After the room was bare~ and can remember a major echo in the room~ it didn't stay that way for long. I would begin decorating my room for the fall. Then~ students offered to cover the boards with newspaper so the construction paper didn't fade over the summer. When I came down the end of August to set up my room~ I just removed the paper and could move to other tasks needing to be done for the first day of school. At first~ I used to get a confused look from staff but eventually~ I found many other teachers using this "pre" readiness idea.