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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Create an I’m done choice board so your kids can quietly choose their next activity when they're finished.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Add a rainbow tassel banner and some bright paper balls for a cheerful bulletin board display.
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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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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.
Steal this idea for a countdown before winter, summer break or a fun day in your classroom. How to create:
Some ideas for prizes are
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Below are some of the best finds to incorporate inspirational messages in your classroom.
WHERE TO FIND
FOUR | PERSPECTIVE POSTER
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!
For this idea you just need some spare tires and spray paint to create this epic reading center!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Love how this teacher has tons of different seating options for her students which are shown to increase student attention and decrease negative behaviors.
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?
Below are some of the best finds for flexible seating for your class.
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
TEN | PURPLE ROUND CUSHION | MORE COLORS
ELEVEN | 5 SETS OF CLASSROOM STOOLS
TWELVE | GREY POUF COVER
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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.
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?
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.
For more ideas to create a calming corner in your classroom check out this post...
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.
Below are the best finds to create an outdoor camping theme in your class this year.
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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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.
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.
Here’s a great way to add some storage and organization to your student’s desk.
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.
I have a ton more ideas for your teacher cart in this post...
You could create cute labels and place them over two containers like pictured to easily keep your sharpened and unsharpened pencils separated.
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.
Now let’s check out some creative ideas for classroom storage that will help you maximize all the space you have.
Think outside the box for your classroom storage solutions like these pegboard shelves.
One of the best classroom storage hacks is hanging bulletin board borders on file cabinets, or cabinet doors with command hooks and binder clips.
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"!
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
Explore educational apps that align with your lessons. Whether it's math games, language learning, or science simulations, there's an app for that.
Create short videos explaining concepts or assignments. Students watch at home, and class time becomes discussion and practice.
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.
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.
Turn your class into a podcasting studio. Students can research, record, and share their findings on various topics.
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.
Introduce coding in a fun way. Platforms like Scratch or Code.org offer engaging coding challenges suitable for various age groups.
Bring experiments to life with online simulations and virtual labs. Platforms like PhET Interactive Simulations or Labster offer interactive science experiences.
Say goodbye to paper tests. Use online platforms like Kahoot! or Quizizz for interactive quizzes and assessments.
Turn learning into a game. Platforms like Classcraft or Kahoot! make lessons fun and interactive.
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:
Spice up your classes with videos, pics, and interactive stuff. Make learning a blast for everyone!
Get your students to team up for brainstorming or solving problems. You can make group projects way more interactive.
Why leave the class when you can explore historical places or museums right on the board?
Quiz time just got interesting! Engage your students with live quizzes and polls. It's a game-changer.
Help your students organize their thoughts with mind maps. It helps students connect the dots for a clearer picture.
Set a calming vibe during a quiet time like independent reading by playing a relaxing video.
Crunch numbers together in real-time. Graphs, trends, and data – it's math and science, but fun.
Keep everyone on track with interactive schedules and timers. Works great for small group time or tests.
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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