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65 Best Classroom Ideas: Creative Ideas for Teachers

Are you looking for some fresh, new classroom ideas this year? Look no further, I've found tons amazing classroom ideas to get you inspired to create an epic classroom this year. You'll get some ideas for classroom decorations, classroom management, organization, bulletin boards, creating a teacher command center, fun seating and more that you'll actually use this year.

This post has been recently updated with even more epic ideas that I found; hope you enjoy!

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Easy Classroom Management Ideas

Do you love when you find simple ways that make running your class so much smoother? If so, check out some easy and creative ways to manage your class below.

1 | Oil Timer as a Classroom Management Tool

oil timer for class management
IMAGE SOURCE | PRIMARILYSPEAKING

This teacher uses an oil timer to keep her students on task.  She lets the students be in charge of time management.  During independent work time she will choose one student who is on task and give them the oil timer.

When the timer runs out, they give it to another student that is on task and the process continues for the whole work time.  This is one of the best ways keep the chit-chat down because everyone wants the timer!

2 | Make Versatile Classroom Sheets

teacher tool for classroom
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Megan, a fifth-grade teacher created these versatile 1/3 sheets for everything from permission slips to daily assignments. She keeps them handy when she needs them. This would be an easy way to help keep you organized.

3 | Create a Classroom Home Page

classr home page
IMAGE SOURCE | ADRIENNE_TEACHES

This third-grade teacher, Adrienne, created a home page, which is the one stop info hub for her classroom.  It helps keep her and her class on track with schedules, daily friends, lunch, and special activities.

4 | Fun Attention Getters

attention getters for the classroom
IMAGE SOURCE | THEPINSPIREDTEACHER

I love cute attention getting phrases and your kids will too especially if you can pair it with an adorable picture. Not an artist? Why not print off a fun picture to add to your poster.

5 | I'm Done Choice Board

I'm done choice board classroom management idea
IMAGE SOURCE | BLOOMINGWITHMRSB

Create an I’m done choice board so your kids can quietly choose their next activity when they're finished.

6 | Leave a Note for the Teacher

Leave a note for the teacher hack
IMAGE SOURCE | APINEAPPLEFORTHETEACHER

I’m teaching please leave a note. You can hang this on the board so that students can write what they need, and you can help them when you are ready without interrupting the lesson.  This would be a great idea to copy when you're working in small groups with students.

7 | Voice Level Press-On Lights

voice level press on lights classroom idea
Image Source |  teachingfromtheheartland

These are press on lights that you can find here. Hang them on the board in the front of the room and light up one to let the class know where their volume level should be.

8 | Mental Health Check In

mental health check in for classroom
IMAGE SOURCE |  3RDGRADESTHECHARM

The mental health check in board encourages your students to check in with themselves to see how they are feeling. Other students can be encouraged to help a classmate if they are feeling sad.

9 | Fun Classroom Rules and Expectation Review

class bingo for rules and expectations
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At the beginning of the school year a fun way to go over the classroom expectations is to play routines and procedures bingo.

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Create Gorgeous Bulletin Boards

Ok, so now let’s focus on your walls. The start of the year is the perfect time to plan your classroom design including your bulletin boards. I found some awesome examples to get you inspired. What will you create this year?

10 | Add Balloons to Your Bulletin Board

bulletin board with balloons
IMAGE SOURCE | HELLOMAESTRA

Here's a fun bulletin board idea, fill the balloons with fun activities for the kids and let them pop them as a reward for positive behaviors. The bright colors and polka dots on the balloons add an extra fun touch.

11 | Kind Message Bulletin Board

Kindness Bulletin Board
IMAGE SOURCE | HELLO3RDGRADE

I love this idea, you give the students small note cards and have them write a nice message or something that they like about each person. Then they put the note in the student's bag. All kids need a self-esteem boost like this!

12 | String & Clothespins Bulletin Board Idea

Cute Bulletin Board with clothespins
IMAGE SOURCE | MAKINGASTATEMENTINSPED

You could steal this bulletin board idea and use it in various ways.  Add some clothespins and string to hang students' work, pictures from a lesson or task cards and you have yourself a pretty and interactive bulletin board.

13 | Future World Changers Bulletin Board

Student Bulletin Board Idea
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To create this future world changers bulletin board, interview each student about what they want to be when they grow up and then take their picture against the same background for a cohesive look. Add a tassel banner to elevate the classroom wall decor even more.

14 | Rainbow Tassel Border

rainbow bulletin board
IMAGE SOURCE | LEARNLOVEGROW

Add a rainbow tassel banner and some bright paper balls for a cheerful bulletin board display.

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15 | Sunshine & Rainbows Bulletin Board

sunshine and rainbows bulletin board
IMAGE SOURCE | LAKESHORELEARNING

This teacher ties in her bulletin board and the entire class in one central theme. It’s all sunshine and rainbows in this class.

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Fun Classroom Ideas

What's an elementary class without some fun? Below are some different ways to incorporate some fun in the class that your students will love.

16 | Fun Countdown Idea

fun classroom ideas for break countdown
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Steal this idea for a countdown before winter, summer break or a fun day in your classroom. How to create:

  • Gather supplies- poster board, plastic cups, tissue paper and rubber bands.
  • In each cup put a sticky note with a prize for the next day.

Some ideas for prizes are

  • Play a class game
  • Free drawing time
  • Classroom Seat Swap
  • Flashlight Reading

17 | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

cloudy with a chance of meatballs class theme
Image Source | engagingandeducating

To make your weather unit a little more exciting how about introducing a cloudy with a chance of meatballs theme?  Hang food themed pool inflatables from the ceiling to kick off the lesson!

18 | Create a Plah-Doh Cart

Play-doh cart for class
IMAGE SOURCE | MRSHENRYINFIRST

This first-grade teacher created a super fun play-doh cart that is perfect for rainy day recess or special activity time. I love how you can wheel it to where you need when the time is right.  You can find a similar teacher cart here.

19 | Play Wall Decor Art

classroom wall decor
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You could have your students help you create fun art for your classroom by having them glue colorful poms on letters to spell play, read, create, teach, be kind or even your classroom room number.

20 | Safari Themed Reading Nook

safari themed class decor
IMAGE SOURCE | THESUPERHEROTEACHER

You can create a safari themed reading nook with some giant animals. You can cut out leaf patterns in different colors and attach them to a string with clothes pins for a gorgeous banner to top of the theme.

21 | Make a Create Station

Create station idea
IMAGE SOURCE | OHSOJO

This create station would be a perfect spot for creating and playing in this classroom. The beautiful display would get the creative juices flowing for your students.

Incorporate Inspirational Messages

As teachers you naturally love to inspire young minds and that's why it's no surprise that your classrooms are full of inspirational messages.

These teachers below have found some very creative ideas to incorporate these messages through their class. Copy one of these unique ideas to give your kids that extra encouragement every day.

22 | Be Kind Wooden Letters

be kind classroom sign
IMAGE SOURCE |  MRSCALLSCAMPERS

In this classroom this teacher got wooden letters that you can get at your local craft store to spell Be Kind above the window. I love that she found what is usually unusable space to add an inspirational message for her kids.

23 | The World Need Who You Were Meant to Be

the world needs who you were meant to be classroom sign
IMAGE SOURCE | TEXASLONESTARTEACHER

I love this message. This teacher hangs it outside her classroom in the hall so that every student that walks by even those not in her class see this message. Love this idea!

24 | Inspirational Wall Mural

inspirational wall mural
IMAGE SOURCE | BRIGHTEYEDTEACHING

In this school this inspirational quote is painted in the hall. What a perfect message for all the students to see. I love how they made it look pretty with the rainbow-colored words.

25 | Affirmation Stations

affirmation station classroom idea
Image Source | fabulousfigs

Create an affirmation station on the back of the class door or on a wall in your classroom.  All you need is a mirror and affirmation cards.

Best Finds for Inspirational Classroom Decor

Below are some of the best finds to incorporate inspirational messages in your classroom.

inspirational classroom decor

WHERE TO FIND

ONE | SET OF 8 BLACK & WHITE CLASSROOM PRINTABLES

TWO | SOME KIDS ARE SMARTER DOWNLOADABLE POSTER

THREE | 16 CLASSROOM POSTERS INCLUDING LEMONADE POSTER

FOUR | PERSPECTIVE POSTER

FIVE | SET OF 16 MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS

Create Fun and Flexible Seating

If you want the best classroom setup that gives students seating options, consider adding flexible seating.  Get inspired with some very creative ideas below. You will love the last one!

26 | Colorful Tires for Seating

classroom seating ideas with tires
IMAGE SOURCE | COOTIESANDCUTIES

For this idea you just need some spare tires and spray paint to create this epic reading center!

27 | Portable Floor Desks

floor desks for the classroom
IMAGE SOURCE | MISSMAYSMOMENTS

This teacher created an activity area where the kids can sit on the floor and work at the portable desks. You can re-arrange the desks for different activities throughout the classroom.

28 | Cute Tires with Pillows for Class Seating

tires for classroom seating idea
IMAGE SOURCE | CLASSANDCONTRAST

Here's another fun tire idea for elementary school! Have you ever thought of using old tires as seating in the classroom? What a fun idea that the kids would love. This teacher went the extra mile by adding cute pillows in the center.

29 | Inflatable Pool Flamingos Seating Idea

pool floaties for classroom seating idea
IMAGE SOURCE | CLASSANDCONTRAST

This is the same classroom as above and to mix it up this teacher brought in inflatable flamingos meant for the pool. I'm sure her kids love this idea.

In the fall you may be able to find some pool inflatables on the clearance aisle and they make them in all sorts of fun shapes now. By the way this teacher is a most follow on Instagram for fun classroom decoration ideas!

30 | A Group of Pillows for Comfy Seating

pillows for classroom seating
IMAGE SOURCE | PRAYANDTEACH

Here's an easy way to add flexible seating to your class.  Just add a big group of pillows of all different sizes for the kids to sit on as they read a good book.

31 | Fun Seating Ideas

classroom flexible seating ideas
IMAGE SOURCE | THERAPY.SISTERS

Love how this teacher has tons of different seating options for her students which are shown to increase student attention and decrease negative behaviors.

32 | Storage Totes for Book Boats

creative classroom seating ideas
IMAGE SOURCE | INSCURSIVESHEWROTE

This is my favorite idea! Perfect for the younger kids that can fit in the book boat. This teacher simply decorated a giant storage tote and cut the lid for the kids to slip in with a book. What kids would not be excited to read here?

The Best Flexible Seating Finds on Amazon

Below are some of the best finds for flexible seating for your class.

flexible seating on Amazon

WHERE TO FIND

ONE | GREEN BALANCE BALL | MORE COLORS

TWO | WOBBLE CUSHION | MORE COLORS

THREE | INFLATABLE CHAIR

FOUR | 5 PACK METAL STOOLS

FIVE | FLAMINGO

SIX | YELLOW KIDS ERGO STOOL

SEVEN | BLUE WOBBLE STOOL | MORE COLORS

EIGHT | ORANGE WOBBLE STOOL | MORE COLORS

NINE | 6 PACK RAINBOW FLOOR CUSHIONS

TEN | PURPLE ROUND CUSHION | MORE COLORS

ELEVEN | 5 SETS OF CLASSROOM STOOLS

TWELVE | GREY POUF COVER

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Pick a Theme

Have you thought about trying a class theme? My favorite theme this year is the camping theme. Check out below how some teachers have implemented this theme in style and find out how to re-create the look in your class this year.

33 | Camping Themed Classroom

classroom theme camping idea
IMAGE SOURCE | ASHLEYMCKENZIEPT

This teacher created a camping theme reading space for her kids. What kid would not want to grab a book and sit on one of these tree stump pillows?

34 | Camping Themed Calm Corner

camping themed calm down corner
IMAGE SOURCE | MRS.MEISNER_SCHOOLCOUNSELOR

Do you have an extra tent at home? If so, this is a brilliant use of it. This school counselor created this space that she calls camp counselor for a calm down area for students and I'm sure that they love it.

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35 | Forest Reading Area

forest classroom reading area
IMAGE SOURCE | CNARTDESIGN

All of these teachers have the tree stump cushions. Check out below where you can score those. This teacher went the extra mile with the tree wall decals that help create the forest feel for her classroom.

Best Finds for A Camping Themed Classroom

Below are the best finds to create an outdoor camping theme in your class this year.

camping theme classroom decor

WHERE TO FIND

ONE | SIMILAR ADVENTURE AWAITS PRINTABLE ART

TWO | TEEPEE TENT

THREE | FAUX CAMP FIRE

FOUR | TREE STUMP SEAT CUSHION

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Classroom Organization Ideas

Now let's check out some of the best classroom organization ideas including how to organize your class library, add storage to students' desks, and how to make the most of a small space.

36 | Classroom Library Organization

classroom library organization idea
Image Source | booksource

Set up a color-coding system for your classroom library.  You can organize by genre and post colorful genre posters on the wall. Use colored tape on the bottom of the book bindings to show which genre it is.

37 | Students Desks Organization Hack

student desk storage solution
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Here’s a great way to add some storage and organization to your student’s desk.

  • Add a basket under each chair with zip ties for papers and notebooks.
  • Use zip ties to add a cupholder to the desk leg for water bottles.
  • Attach a small hook to the side of the desk to hang individual whiteboards.

38 | Create a Teacher’s Cart

classroom ideas teacher cart
IMAGE SOURCE | SWAININTHEMIDDLE

There are a million uses for a teacher cart.  This 6th grade teacher created her cart to hold intervention and review materials.  She picked up this cart topper at Michaels to make it even more functional.

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39 | Organize Sharpened and Unsharpened Pencils

classroom organization ideas with sharpened and unsharpened pencils
IMAGE SOURCE | THETEACHERWEARSPRADA

You could create cute labels and place them over two containers like pictured to easily keep your sharpened and unsharpened pencils separated.

40 | Make the Most of Your White Board

white board organization for classroom
IMAGE SOURCE | TEACHIN.WITH.CLASS

Optimize every square inch of your white board by adding magnetic shelves for extra storage and a magnetic rod to hang spelling words or any cards for easy access.

Classroom Storage

Now let’s check out some creative ideas for classroom storage that will help you maximize all the space you have.

41 | Pegboard Shelves for Classroom Storage

pegboard classroom storage idea
Image Source | ohmeganrowe

Think outside the box for your classroom storage solutions like these pegboard shelves.

42 | Classroom Border Storage Hack

bulletin board border storage idea for classroom
Image Source | teachingwithtoppe

One of the best classroom storage hacks is hanging bulletin board borders on file cabinets, or cabinet doors with command hooks and binder clips.

43 | Calculator Storage Solution

calculator storage idea for classroom
Image Source | 8thgrademathteacher

When you’re short on classroom space look for vertical storage solutions like a pocket chart to store calculators.  And there’s always room for inspirational quotes and puns like this, "calculate kindness into every action"!

44 | Classroom Setup Idea

classroom setup idea for desk layout
Image Source | coreinspiration

Here’s a good classroom layout idea to copy.  For your desk arrangement consider groups of six to eight student desks.  Then include a small storage space for each group.  These storage bookshelves are used to hold shared supplies, and book bins.

Create a Teacher Command Center

Create a command center, which is your own space for you and your stuff. The best command centers have plenty of space for papers and all your supplies organized and within reach. This will keep you super organized for the school year.

Below check out how to create a teacher command center that is both functional and beautiful.

45 | Create Your Happy Corner

pretty teacher corner in classroom

THEHAPPYLITTLECLASSROOM

Molly, a fifth-grade teacher from Colorado created what she calls her happy corner which is her go to spot for all the supplies she needs.  The bonus is that it’s pretty and organized and has positive affirmations for her students.

46 | Pretty Teacher's Nook

classroom ideas teacher command center
IMAGE SOURCE | PRAYANDTEACH

Here's another perfect teacher nook with all the things that you need plus, it's so gorgeous right? This would inspire you to keep it looking nice.

Technology Integration Classroom Ideas

One of the key aspects of 21st century classrooms is integrating tech. Here are some of the best ideas for seamlessly weaving technology into your teaching style:

47 | Interactive Apps

Explore educational apps that align with your lessons. Whether it's math games, language learning, or science simulations, there's an app for that.

48 | Flipped Classroom Videos

Create short videos explaining concepts or assignments. Students watch at home, and class time becomes discussion and practice.

49 | Digital Storytelling Platforms

Let your students be digital storytellers. Platforms like Storybird or Book Creator allow them to create and share interactive stories. It's storytelling, but with a tech twist.

50 | Online Collaboration Tools

Embrace the power of collaboration. Platforms like Google Workspace or Microsoft Teams make it easy for students to work together on projects in real-time.

51 | Podcasting Projects

Turn your class into a podcasting studio. Students can research, record, and share their findings on various topics.

52 | Digital Art and Design Tools

Unleash creativity with digital art tools. Whether it's graphic design, animation, or digital drawing, platforms like Canva or Adobe Spark can bring out the artist in everyone.

53 | Coding Challenges

Introduce coding in a fun way. Platforms like Scratch or Code.org offer engaging coding challenges suitable for various age groups.

54 | Online Simulations and Labs

Bring experiments to life with online simulations and virtual labs. Platforms like PhET Interactive Simulations or Labster offer interactive science experiences.

55 | Digital Quizzes and Assessments

Say goodbye to paper tests. Use online platforms like Kahoot! or Quizizz for interactive quizzes and assessments.

56 | Gamified Learning Platforms

Turn learning into a game. Platforms like Classcraft or Kahoot! make lessons fun and interactive.

Interactive Whiteboards

A smart whiteboard is a game changer for many teachers.  If you have on in your classroom here are 10 ideas to put it to use:

57 | Interactive Lessons

Spice up your classes with videos, pics, and interactive stuff. Make learning a blast for everyone!

58 | Collaborative Activities

Get your students to team up for brainstorming or solving problems. You can make group projects way more interactive.

59 | Virtual Field Trips

Why leave the class when you can explore historical places or museums right on the board?

60 | Interactive Quizzes and Polls

Quiz time just got interesting! Engage your students with live quizzes and polls. It's a game-changer.

61 | Mind Mapping

Help your students organize their thoughts with mind maps. It helps students connect the dots for a clearer picture.

62 | Calming Vibe

Set a calming vibe during a quiet time like independent reading by playing a relaxing video.

63 | Data Analysis

Crunch numbers together in real-time. Graphs, trends, and data – it's math and science, but fun.

64 | Time Management

Keep everyone on track with interactive schedules and timers. Works great for small group time or tests.

65 | Brain Breaks

Give your students a quick brain break with interactive games, exercises or short videos.

Ok, so now you have the steps that you need to take to create an epic classroom this year for your students just in time for back to school. Plus, you've seen inspirational classrooms. Hopefully you now have some ideas for classroom decorations, organization, bulletin boards, creating a teacher command center, fun seating and more that you'll actually use this year.

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