Back-to-School: A Secondary Classroom

Today is the first day back to school in my system. It really hasn’t hit me yet that back-to-school time is now here. Summer has completely flown by, and between trips and work, I feel like I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to plan for the new school year. I had only a few days to prep my room, and luckily, I had the help of my mom and my friends Ashley and Caleb to get it together! I really let them take full reign with decorating, and I am really pleased with how it turned out. This year, I am teaching English and history to sixth-eighth graders, so I needed my room to reflect those subjects.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the room:


I love this hinged cabinet door that I bought from Hobby Lobby. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it but I knew I needed to swipe it up fast! Luckily, I got it for really cheap (cough…13 bucks…cough)! I ended up using it as a reminder board for my students.


My mom actually had the idea to put brown paper as the background to my Word Wall. I was hesitant at first but, momma’s always right!


I wanted to add some new posters to my classroom so I went to to browse. I ended up with a Rosie the Riveter (pictured with the word wall) and this King’s Cross poster! Obviously, I had to have a Harry Potter poster. I thought it would tie the whole room together.


I tried to brighten the picture, but I needed paper trays for important student documents. And to be honest, all of the ones I found were black and depressing-looking. So, I went to The Container Store and found these pink, green, and blue stackable paper trays! They really brighten up my student center.


My mom tapped into her crafty side and covered my swivel chair with this patterned fabric. Two thumbs up Mom!


My friend and fellow teacher, Caleb, created these labels for the student-section of my board. I needed a spot for my agenda, I can statements, essential questions, and homework for each of my classes. So he whipped these up for me! He’s really awesome at creating essential/decorative items for the classroom. That guy has vision. He also put together my grid pictured here. The grid is made from magnetic strips from School Craft.


Caleb also made the quotes for the back of my classroom door! I love them all…especially the one from Napoleon Dynamite.


And last, but not least, I have my class mascot, Teddy Roosevelt. He came from the White House gift shop.

Good luck to all teachers and students going back to school! Hope you all have a great year!



4 thoughts on “Back-to-School: A Secondary Classroom

  1. Myra Austin says:

    Room looks great, Donna, Caleb and Ashley are so talented but I know you have that in you also! Students will love this classroom.


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