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My Classroom Renovations

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Okay, so it’s not exactly a Pinterest project, but I’m super proud of the updates I’ve made to my room this year. This is my fourth year teaching, but the very first time I’ve been in the same school, same grade level, same room, so I took full advantage of it and made it my own. The room already had an orange-ish wall, so I wanted to add a color that would compliment that. Plus, we have a wonderful principal who lets us paint, so I went for it! My theme: teal and dots!

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First, I painted the focal wall (the first thing you see when you come into the room). This had two purposes: 1) to add color! 2) to cover up a big black rectangle that had been painted there by a previous occupant. This wasn’t a bad idea, but last year I acquired a Promethean board and that’s the only spot I could put it, so it looked kinda silly back there.

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It didn’t take long for the old brain to get to turnin’ and I decided to expand my painting to the two long walls as well. But instead of painting the whole wall, I decided to do something less extreme. I would paint the top two rows of blocks and add something fun: POLKA DOTS!

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I pulled the color scheme from a set of products I found at The Parent/Teacher Store. I knew I was going to implement teal because it was a such a wonderful compliment to the subtle orange already in my room. This color palette allowed me to integrate lots of other colors too.

So here’s the final product:

This is standing in the door.

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Looking back at the entrance.

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The white board with Daily Data.

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My classroom library with coordinating baskets and objectives board.

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Cubbies and my meeting table.

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So that’s it! I’ll have to post another blog focusing on some of the features of my room, but I’m just in love with the walls! It’s so bright and cheerful. I love being in my room now 🙂 It really feels like MY room. I can’t wait to share it with a new group of students!

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Back to School! DIY Owl Decor

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Well, that time of year is here: back to school! It both gets my mind running with new ideas and fills me with fear at the same time. No more sleeping in or having all day to accomplish simple tasks. No more squeaky clean house or friends over at all hours of the night. But I get a whole new crop of children, new ideas to implement, and I even picked up a few new teammates this year. I’m super excited!!! And so I decided to jump in to the back to school spirit with a fun, simple project I kinda found through Pinterest, but more teacherspayteacher.com.

I love owls, and I’m using them as a minor theme in my classroom (you’ll have to check out my blog about my classroom make over to see the main theme). So when I found this template on teacherspayteachers.com, I thought, “What a great door decoration!” So here it goes:

The Supplies:

scrapbook paper
white paper
black paper
yellow/orange paper
glue
template… “paper” (cardstock, cardboard, etc.)

The Process:

It was simple enough. Create the template, trace, assemble. I happen to have this fabulous Quickstitch paper lying around. Both my husband and I worked/work for an accessory company that used to do embroidery inside acrylic products like cups and key chains. When they nixed the department, we picked up the leftovers. It worked wonderfully!

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The Result:

Absolutely adorable owls! I had a lot of fun placing the pupils to give them personality. LOVE!

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Here’s what I did with them. Welcome new friends!

The Review:

Nice and simple. It took a little time to cut everything, but overall it was simple to do and had a powerful result.

Here’s the link to the free template again. Happy crafting!

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