I have three main areas that I decorate: there is a bulletin board in the hallway outside my classroom where I have general technology information that could apply to the whole school; there is a white board that I don't use because my class calendar is online, so that has become my WWW wall; finally the walls are typically decorated with small posters that emphasize various points from lessons.
|Fall Technology Update|
before you tweet, snap, text, post bulletin board.
|Think Before You... (with my awesome student aides)!|
I was sad to see my student aides from last year graduate, but I am fortunate to have another talented artist as my student aide this year. I started the year with a welcome back bulletin board encouraging students to be their own unique selves. The Fall Technology Update is coming back with new recommendations and new decorations, and that is going up now.
The room I inherited was not originally planned as a classroom, but rather as a computer room that would be checked out by various teachers that needed to use computers for their class for the day. When our school purchased a set of laptop carts that could be taken into the classrooms, the computer room came up for grabs and I got it! Because it was not a classroom, its setup is not the greatest.
|Weird, Wonderful, and Worrisome|
WWW stands for Weird, Wonderful, and Worrisome. The idea is that a white board or other area for student creation is divided into portions where students can write, draw, and add their own unique
|More Weird, Wonderful and Worrisome|
A word of caution: it did require a little monitoring to make sure that all of the contributions were indeed school appropriate. At the end of the week, the board was wiped down, new headings were put up and students would start again. In general, the students enjoyed everything from adding new section headings each week, to adding their own jokes, to making some incredible drawings. I decided that this was a keeper and have started it up again this year.
Student posters get added around the room and are gradually added throughout the year. As we study a new topic and a student asks a question, there is usually a fun poster that has been created that delivers the point with some humor. When we come across a topic or unit that doesn't have a poster, someone usually offers to make one. Most of these are memes that students find on the web and then turn into their own creations.
One of my all time favorites is when a student fixes one bug only to introduce two or three more. The poster is a twist on 99 bottles of beer that goes: 99 little bugs in the code, 99 little bugs, fix one bug -- compile again -- 100 little bugs in the code! Another simple one for remember square brackets for arrays is [hip, hip].
It's nice to look around the room and see things that make you smile. As a teacher I spend a lot of time in the room, so making it look nice for me and the students makes us all happy!
Note: I forgot to take pictures of my posters so I will have to add those later.