The classroom is, quite literally, a space inside a school building that’s assigned to a certain teacher or a certain class. It’s just a room that could be large or small, plain or decorated, warm or cold. But these rooms do not have to stay impersonal, and they often don’t. Because school is also a place where a group of people come together every single day to learn, to laugh, to change, and to grow. It’s going to reflect the personality of the teacher as well as the students. It should be a safe place that encourages learning, growing, and a certain amount of dialogue. For veteran teachers, this is very easy to do. They’ve already had their personalities, styles, and beliefs infusing the room, but new teachers can find their first room very daunting and overwhelming. They might compensate for this feeling by going too far, or on the other hand, they might not do enough to make the room welcoming and friendly for incoming students.
One of the best things that you can do to create a welcoming environment is to have the students help you decorate the room. You can also add posters that have reading goals, or testing score goals. An in-class library for students to select their daily reading material is also a great idea. You can also ask students for their suggestions on how to make the learning area more welcoming and exciting. The room doesn’t just have to be an assigned space in the school. It can be much, much more.
Classroom decorations are available through many different school supply stores.
A list of classroom games should always be kept on hand for a break.