This post, is a bit out of scope, as it does not have to do with my business Renewed Reloved, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless. It’s my first year teaching, and I am so thrilled to have FINALLY landed a teaching job. I am teaching 6th grade Geography, and in my hometown of Framingham, MA. Born and raised in Framingham, I was so happy to be a part of the community. Well, I was hired very close to the start of the school year, and the teacher who was originally in my room hadn’t moved his things out. Sorry Jason, but your room was a mess. He had been in the same room for 8 years and never moved a thing. This is what the room looked like before:
All I was really about to do before school started was de-clutter and clean. Most of the books were in Spanish because the teacher taught class in Spanish and English, so I was able to eliminate almost ALL the clutter. The yellow cabinet was covered in posters, and there was an abundance of tape residue. Thank god for Goo-Gone!
Well school started, and I only had about a month before open house with absolutely NO decorations. I love to think outside the box. You know the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go?” Well I thought I would put a little twist on it. Since I am teaching Geography, and will be covering the world’s landscapes and cultures I thought it would be cute if I changed it to “Oh, the Places We’re Going!” I thought it was adorable! My original plan was to make a poster for my front door, but I ended up making it huge and displayed it in the class. I created a transparency, and used an old overhead projector to trace the design.
I free handed the bottom, pretty good huh? Then like a lunatic I decided to paint it.
Don’t mind my cat Binx’s tail in the picture…. Well five days later, hand cramping…. I was like wow this came out awesome. I realized I was going to keep this in my classroom forever, and wanted it laminated. Here is the finished product:
I have three other bulletin boards in the room. One is a chalkboard, but I covered it in paper because I won’t use the chalk board, ever. I bought the cutest little “poof” balls in blue and green. I thought it would exemplify water and land. If no one else gets it, that’s what’s its supposed to represent. The students recently completed a landform assignment, and I posted them all around the board.
I wanted the main board in the back of the room to really be a showcase. Framingham is such a diverse community, and I wanted to reflect that. I had the students provide me with their heritage, and I used pushpins and yarn to connect it to their names.
It really looked good, but I wanted a quote to tie it all together. I came across the an unbelievably appropriate quote by Martin Luther King Jr. I used the projector to trace all the words, and then hand painted them. I had it laminated and placed it above the board. BOOM!
The last big poster I made for the room connected to our team name. We are 6x, and I came up with my own little rhyme “6x=Success.” I wrote that in the middle of a poster, and had all the students trace their hands. I outlined them in sharpie to really make them POP, and a few of the students stayed after school to help me color.
Alright let’s warp this up. Here the other “decorations” I put up around the room!
Thanks for keeping a peak! I’ll keep at it!