DIY Classroom Decor

I’m always looking for some easy DIY classroom decor. Quill has come up with easy ways to “Jazz Up” your classroom. Below you will learn how to make almost anything in your class a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. Maybe you want some easy ideas for storing classroom supplies, scroll down to see what you can do. There are also some directions on how to create crate benches below. Finally make sure to read all the way to the bottom to see how to make some cool tissue paper flowers to spruce up your classroom.

Jazz Up Your Classroom Décor on the Cheap

I hope you found some fun DIY crafts that you can make in your classroom.


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Classroom Cleaning Hacks

I really like my classroom to look nice and clean. We all know that after about 2 weeks into the school year, things start to look dingy. The white boards are no longer white, they are kind of grayish, yellowish color. I’m really not sure what color that is. They definitely don’t have that color in a box of crayons.

I’m always looking for better ways to clean my classroom and help it stay looking new throughout the year. Here are some great hacks and tips to help keep you and your classroom clean all year long! I especially like the marker stain tip. I always seem to get marker on my clothes all the time!

Scrub Down and Wipe Clean: Indispensable Classroom Cleaning Hacks

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Which one of these tips will use in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below.



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Organization Hacks for Classroom Clutter

Clutter can definitely take over the classroom quickly. As teachers we have every color pen, pencils, folders, and paper for organization. We color code and label everything. Before long all these awesome tools start getting disorganized. Here are some great ideas from Quill for you to get control of the classroom.

Organization Hacks That Triumph Over Classroom Clutter

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Which of these ideas do you think you can do? Let me know.



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Classroom Organization- Diggin’ Into Next Year

Classroom Organization is the first topic in the Diggin’ series.  I am joining Laura at Where the Magic Happens with a summer long linky party called “Diggin’ Into Next Year”.
I am really excited to share with you what I am doing in my classroom this year and what I plan on doing next year. I can’t wait to get some great ideas from some other great bloggers also.

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I am a very organized person. I have always been that way and I feel uneasy when my students are unorganized.  I really try hard to help my students become organized in their daily routines. One of the ways that I help my students stay organized is with a daily schedule. Our schedule seems to change daily with specials, music, gym, etc. This has really been helpful for those students that need a routine and need to now what is going to be happening throughout the day.

I also have a central location where students turn in their work in a tray. The students have a highlighter next to the tray for highlighting their name before turning in their paper. This has put a stop to papers without a name. This has been a huge timesaver for me. I also have “How am I getting home” hanger to show how each students go home that day. There is a paperclip with the student’s name so they are able to move it if needed.  You can check out what my classroom looked like this year by clicking here.

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Ugh!! This has been the thorn in my side all year long. I have had so many students miss days this year and they don’t finish their work. Usually I have just left any makeup work on the student’s desk and it gets finished the next day. I don’t really know what went wrong this year but, the makeup work seemed to get lost or stuffed in the student’s desk. I would then have to go hunting for the activities and waste a lot of time trying to get the student to complete the work. Next year I want to try an absent student crate. If the student is absent, they will go to crate and pick up the work from that day. I will also have a absent student helper to explain what needs to be done. I hoping this saves me a lot of headache.

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slide3thingsthatstaythesameClassroom Jobs

I will still be using classroom jobs the same because I believe it important for everybody to have a responsibility in the classroom. I rotate the jobs every Monday. If a student doesn’t like a job, they have a chance at a different job the next week. We use Conscious Discipline at our school and classroom jobs is one of the components that all of our teachers are supposed to be doing. I bought the classroom job organizer many years ago and still use many of the same jobs each year. You can check out the School Family jobs here.

IMG_2560I am really looking forward to next year and the new challenges that await me. Hopefully my absent student crate and classroom jobs will help to keep my students more organized.


If you are interested in the schedule cards I use in my classroom, check them out in my TPT store.

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Here is a list of bloggers that will be participating throughout the summer in the Linky Party. Below is a calendar of the topics we will be discussing in June.
June Calendar
Make sure to check out the other bloggers who have linked up with Laura. Click on the button below to check out the rest of the great bloggers.

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Classroom Environment

I finally have my classroom environment set up! It has taken me longer than I expected. Moving classrooms and changing themes definitely took a while. I love that I have an atrium attached to my class. I can open the sliding glass door and my students can read outside or do some writing. They are really enjoying having an extra workspace.

Here are the before pictures.

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Here are the after pictures. I am really enjoying the long classroom. It did take a little creativity in setting up the room.


I do notuse the chalkboards so, I have covered the ones on the side walls with bulletin board paper. I do not have enough room for a kidney table so I use a trapezoid table for my small group area. I also have my bucket seats there for my students. They seem to really like sitting on them. This board is for my anchor charts that we are currently working on.


The classroom library is my students’ favorite area of the room. I have my books organized by genre in baskets. I wish I could hang decorations from the ceiling but, the fire marshall doesn’t allow hanging items.

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I have a very large board for my word wall. I also have a seperate board for my content word wall.

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I use my closet doors to list where the students  go for reading and math  worksation. I also have a friends and family board where students will bring pictures of their family from home.

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In the front of the classroom, I have my schedule and student objectives listed.

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I really tried to stick with just a couple of colors around the room. I have tried to leave the walls bare so I have room for anchor charts and student work. I have used the monster theme in my class but, I don’t feel like it is too overwhelming. I have tried to keep it toned down.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my classroom!


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