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Friday, May 22, 2009
Brett
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I love Disneyland, and the themed atmosphere it creates. I've been in classrooms that have been successful in creating a themed atmosphere. I felt comfortable there. More so than in rooms decorated randomly. I wonder if students feel similarly. I think it not only improves the look and atmosphere of the classroom, but also has a positive effect on the learning experience. I also think it makes it appear to parents that the teacher has a plan, and is organized, giving them confidence in their child's education. We have so many themed items available for teachers that you can find decorations in the same general theme in just about any subject. Math poster with space theme, reading poster with space theme, space calendars, bulletin board sets, etc. What has worked for you in your classroom?
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Jane
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Yes, yes, yes I so agree! I have always thought a well decorated classroom added to the pleasure of coming to school...as long as it was not to overwhelming. After many years I even learned to section it. My science center had a wall covered in zebra fabric with a string of animal lights and all the animal books on display. For the library I managed to acquire a long wooden storage bench with a back that we painted to look like a huge book worm. Adding pillows to sit on, it became an instant success for the children to want to lounge on to "read". My block center was decorated with that yellow caution construction tape, and a hang down worker's light. Each center had its own little world. But...after spending lots of money on many items over the years and getting it perfect I caution you to take into account the personality of your administrators. They come and they go. Each has his/her own ideas. Yes, you know what I'm about to say. Sadly some demand a "steril" classroom environment and you have to start all over explaining that children's learning can be stimulated by their surroundings...but it is a battle not likely won. If your current administration is favorable to your decorating idea, by all means have the time of your life! Don't forget to put Mickey's ears on your intercom box. Each time the announcements come on tell the children "shhhhh we have to listen just like Mickey's ears."
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Brett
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Ha, that's excellent. Mickey's ears.

That's a great idea to section it. I like that even better. Then it's even more like Disneyland. It's a different theme depending on where you are in the room, and what the purpose of that area is. I think it's especially helpful for reading areas where you want to be "somewhere else."
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Shae
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Any ideas or suggestions for decorating a high school classroom?
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
snickydog
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Regarding the high school theme: what subject do you teach? Is there a unit that you could create a theme around? For example, for a science teacher, if you study astronomy, give the room an outer space theme? Or perhaps a college theme with pennants and mascots?
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Shae
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I'm teaching speech/debate
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
flickerbright
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I really love the Mickey's ears idea! That made my day! I will be a first year teacher this Fall with Kindergarten. I student taught Kindergarten, but I am feeling the need to be prepared before new teacher workshops in *gasp* August.
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Brett
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Oh, I loved speech/debate in high school. I just went to a speech reunion this year, and it was a specific reunion with just one teacher. It had great attendance. You can really have a lot of fun with that class.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Chaggle
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Speech/debate... that's a tough one. Do you have some related quotes that you use often that you could put on posters throughout the room, and use related images or posters for each?
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Jane
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I think you are to be commended for wanting to decorate a high school classroom. Except for the science classrooms most of them have no personality. What subjects do you teach?
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