Ideas for Classroom Decor

Decorating Ideas
To start with, you will want to post the rules for your classroom. Also, for elementary classrooms, any housekeeping activities can be brought into your decoration, such as weekly job charts, class schedules, and security procedures. If you are low on space, you can use cabinet doors for word walls, or to post student work or other projects using tape or Sticky Tac. You will probably need a bookshelf of some kind to store everything from teacher editions to independent student reading books. If you have a window in your room, hang a small curtain to add a sense of comfort and a touch of color. Hang photos of each of your students and display their work next to their photo. You might want to have one designated area to use as a display for holidays or themes you’re teaching that can be interchangeable. Maps are always a great addition to any classroom as decoration until you are ready to use them for a lesson.

If you have a column somewhere in the classroom, you can create a tree for your room. Cover the column with brown butcher paper, and form leaves at the top and attach them to the ceiling. You might need Sticky Tac to help attach the paper to the ceiling. Depending on the grade you teach, it could be a decoration only, or you could hang letters of the alphabet, numbers, or photos of animals from the tree leaves using fishing wire or yarn. Use a digital camera to document different classroom activities. Post pictures in your classroom or on your website.

Set a chair at the front of the room to use as an author’s chair for students to sit in while sharing stories or other projects they’ve worked on. When it’s one of your student’s birthday, you can hang a birthday decoration over their desk, or place something on their desk for the day. Another tried and true addition to any classroom is centers. You can create a center for all subject areas. This will use up a lot of space in your classroom, but it helps you decorate while using your curriculum to do it. Make sure you change out the activities in the different centers to keep things interesting. Centers can be used in a rotation or as an enrichment area to go after finishing class work. The ideas are endless, as long as you use your imagination.