A very decorated high school classroom!

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  1. thatgirlyouknow

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    I've always had trouble finding secondary classrooms that were decorated well (if at all), so I just stuck to it and put a lot of work into my room. Here are some pictures of my high school English class. :)

    Here's the oddly placed hallway when you first come into my room. I store all of the textbooks and such in the cabinets here. (Definitely need to reorganize, though!)

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    Here is the wall opposite of the cabinets. The facebook wall is used to post our weekly academic words. The whiteboard after it is where I post objectives, agenda, bellringer, etc.

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    I love my Bravo boards! Here is where I post some of my student work from each class period (we're on block scheduling). The clipboards make it so easy to interchange work and they help keep it all neat looking!

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    First look of the room once you're really in there. And also, there's my crazy/brilliant/wackadoo kiddo. There's a lab table in the lower corner there that is permanently fixed to the floor, so the room looks sort of big, but it's hard to fit all of the desks in there because of the lab table. :/

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    View from the opposite corner.

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    I use a point system that combines Whole Brain Teaching with a little class competition. This is the tracking board I use to determine which class is the winner at the end of the week. (Winners get a treat!) Also, I post the names of the students who get an A on a test in the Star Scholar section of the board.

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    JUST finished this! It took forever!!!!!

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    This is clearly my area. Yeahdon'tjudgeme. ;)

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    The folders on the wall are for my early finishers. They choose what work they do, place it in the appropriate folder, and I pick up the completed work for extra credit at the end of every grading period. So easy! I am also using the lab table for Small Group Instruction this year.

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    View from the corner by my desk. The faces in the far corner have job names and descriptions next to each one. The map on the right is used to tag the setting from each story we read throughout the year.

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    Ahhhhhh and that's it! I need to clean it all up a bit, but that's the basic gist of it!
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Fun! :)
     
  4. MrsC

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    Love it!
     
  5. HistTchr

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    Looks great! Most of the classrooms in my school have that "oddly placed" hallway, too (minus the bookcases). I never understood the logic there!
     
  6. Listlady

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    Cool! Now I'm even more excited about decorating my new, bigger room.
     
  7. thatgirlyouknow

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    Thanks everyone! :D

    I added one more thing today. I usually hang signs above the groups labeling them "group 1, group 2, etc," but I wanted to do something different this year. I went with social networking logos! Now instead of numbered groups, I have instagram, twitter, facebook, reddit, snapchat, pinterest, and yes even myspace. Haha.

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    How many desks are in your room?
     
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    This. Is. Awesome.
     
  10. thatgirlyouknow

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    26 right now, not including the small group stools, of which I have 4.

    When I came back from the summer break I was missing a few desks. I don't know how I fit 28 in there to begin with!
     
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    I really love your classroom. It seems so big and inviting!

    I have a tiny portable, with 10 more desks than you and zero storage space. :( I don't have any options to do these things. I'm feeling a little jealous! :lol:
     
  12. thatgirlyouknow

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    :) Thank you! It seems really big, but it's so oddly shaped (with too many doors in the room as well) that it's actually pretty hard for me to fit everything in the room. Even if you can't set up groups and whatnot, you can still have a rad theme! I started with facebook a couple of years ago and it's just evolved into this strange, social media-centered class. Lots of our activities involve facebook, twitter, and instagram themed things.
     
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    Love it! It's inviting without being "little kidish".
     
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    If only my teachers put in this much effort when I was in high school, bravo!! Love the design. :)
     
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    Awesome set up for your students!

    I LOVE the group seating as well.
     
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    Cool! Love the bookcases!

    I've wondered about grouping my desks like that, but I've wondered if it would be difficult for the student on the right to get in and out of the desk? Have you noticed this? I need to look at my desks again.

    Another question with your desks like that ... do your students use laptops a lot? My students do ... I wonder what the cord situation would be like with that set up.

    Hmm. You've inspired me to go take another look at my desk arrangement.

    With CommonCore pushing collab, I've really been disappointed with my rows and the time I waste grouping students.
     
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    Cute room!! I love the social networking groups!
     
  18. AZALE

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    I love the Bravo! clipboards. I may have to do something similar! Great room :)
     
  19. Upsadaisy

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    You've done a great job. What is behind the blue curtain?
     
  20. FourSquare

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    This is one of the best high school rooms I've ever seen. I'd love to learn here! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Very nicely done OP!
     
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    I love your quote wall and your Bravo board, especially!
     
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    I think your high schoolers will appreciate/enjoy the decor. Good luck!
     
  24. thatgirlyouknow

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    A glass door that leads outside. I bought tarps and cut them in half and I left one whole so we could work outside more this year. So we can go outside and still do groupwork or we could use the whole tarp and do Socratic Seminars or whole group readings still. :) The curtain just helps with the lighting AND keeps them from lookey-looing outside during class.

    Ahhh that quote took FOREVER! Haha. I sketched it all out, though, instead of using my projector (like a dodo), so that's why it took so long. And I LOVE my Bravo Boards! Everything stays so neat and it's super easy to change out student work.

    I had my desks similar last year and they didn't have any problems. I asked the 9th grade teachers if they thought the kids coming to me could handle it, though, so I suggest you do the same before you just go headfirst into it. My students don't use laptops a lot, as we don't have that much technology at our school, but you could tape a surge protector in spaces between groups (where they probably wouldn't walk) and connect them all somehow. Not sure though. :/
     
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    I love the room and to think that this is a high school room. My daughter is taking English II and she just told me that on the first day of school, her teacher had them put up bulletin board paper and board in her classroom. Your kids are going to love it! I wish my daughter was in your class. :)
     
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    OP, I saw someone pinned your Bravo board on Pinterest!
     
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    I already said that I loved your Bravo board and want to do something similar. But, I am curious as to what you hand in the clipboards. Do you post a really good essay written by a student? Do the other students actually stop to read it?
     
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    It just depends. Sometimes I put a test and sometimes I put written work. The kids seem to like being on the boards since they're pretty much the first thing you notice once you're really in the room. They don't normally stop to read it, but they do stop to see who made it up there. And it also satisfies the student work requirements of my parish. :)


    YOU'RE LYING!! :D Post a link!

    Thank you! :) I wanted a classroom I wouldn't mind being in every year. The kids seem to like it, too.
     
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    I adore your word wall!
     
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    I would love to see pics of your room, but the pics wont show up. Are they available somewhere else?
     
  31. czacza

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    The OP hasn't been on the boards in nearly a year.
     
  32. thatgirlyouknow

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    It's crazy that this has been pinned so many times! :D

    I moved schools a couple of years ago. I miss this classroom SO much! I'll post pictures of my new room when it's ready for this upcoming year.
     
  33. Magg5788

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    Gah! I'm sure your classroom is lovely, but my phone won't show me any of the photos :'(
     
  34. catnfiddle

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    First of all, :welcome::atoz_love:

    Bear in mind, those photos were from four years ago and the OP hasn't been logged in here since June. The original source of the images might have been moved or deleted.
     
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    Yes, Unable to Discover images... have any other source.
     

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