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:

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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.

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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!

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I wanted to add some new posters to my classroom so I went to AllPosters.com 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

~Jess

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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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