I am thinking of decorating my classroom next year, and that's a major change for me. I've always taught middle school or high school, but this year and hopefully next year as well, I am teaching life skills special education. It's what some would call a special day class. The kids are at early elementary for academics, but a few are at preschool level. My classroom looks like a prison right now. I can't stand it. I know bright colors are overstimulating to those with autism, but I've seen some really calm looking decoration lines come out lately. I was always against decorating because I saw it as a waste of money and unnecessary. My kids are spending the whole day in the same room and they deserve something to look at. So, does anyone have any ideas or thoughts?