I am still beaming from our week of celebrations at the end of term, as we celebrated all the achievements of our students, ourselves as teachers and the support of our friends/families. When I’m in the classroom, by this time of the term I’m usually partied out and ready to get stuck into my FAVOURITE part of the school holidays after Term 2…giving my classroom a makeover!!!
Often, I’ve been so focused on Acing Assessment or I’ve been watching too much Queer Eye…that I haven’t noticed how much my classroom has worn itself out. There’s posters falling down, not to mention those grubby, dog-eared desk tags that are looking a little worse for wear. So I am ready to fab five my classroom from drab to fab!! Here’s how….
#1 Replace anything the students have destroyed!!
What I love about creating teaching resources, is that once you’ve bought it…you can print and re-use it in your classroom as many times as you like!! Unlike a cushion from kmart that needs repurchasing once it’s had PVA glue smeared all over it, been thrown up on or torn in half, my resources are the gift that keeps on giving. So remember that something as simple as a reprint makes such a difference towards how you (and your students) feel about your classroom.
These are the items that I like to refresh mid-year, as I find that little hands using them for two terms definitely made an impact! And if they are covered in vegemite, grime and are very, very sticky…that’s GREAT because it means your students are engaging with your teaching tools and resources. But it’s ok to refresh them!! Here’s what I like to replace:
- Alphabet Desk Strips (variety of fonts available)
- Students Goal Mat
- Word Rings
- Student Name Labels
- Classroom Jobs Display Board
#2. Switch up your door display
I find that my students are always SO excited for Term 3, so I really like to show them that I’m excited too and that it’s going to be a great term together! One way that I communicate this is simply by putting up a new Door Display – so the first thing they see when they walk in is a new greeting for a new term. To me, it symbolises a new season together – assessment is done, we’re stepping into the Golden Term and we’re going to have the BEST time together!!
#3 Create a new Bulletin Board or Bunting Display
Like us, our students have been staring at the same four walls all year and after a while it’s a bit like the washing pile…you learn to not notice it’s there! So mid-year is a great time to create a new Bulletin Board or Bunting Display. It catches the student’s eye as soon as they walk in and gives you a new window to really engage them in a new concept or area.I recently shared about Growth Mindset and how to create a bulletin board that models to students how to use different language to move from a fixed to a growth mindset. If this really resonates with you, it could be a great time to put this up in your classroom. (Just remember to cut out the middle of the D or you’ll blow up the internet like I did!!)
If you’re short on space, consider simply putting up a new Bunting that catches your student’s eyes. It might simply be naming a space like your Reading Corner or creating a WOW Work sign…or you could use it to create a whole new area in your classroom!
From Drab to Fab!
Good luck as you give your classroom a little refresh this week! Remember, it’s not Back to School season – so don’t spend your whole holidays chained to the laminator. Just do what is going to give you energy and make you and your students feel GREAT about stepping into your classroom on the first day of Term 3.