There is no denying that a classroom can be quite boring. Classrooms are a place that we all spend a lot of time in, so it’s important to make them as nice and comfortable as possible.
There are many things you can do to spruce up your classroom and make it more interesting for students.
This guide will show you how to spruce up your classroom with some simple tips.
Add A Bulletin Board
Use a bulletin board to display student work. It is important to make the room feel alive and welcoming. One way of doing this is by putting up a bulletin board with display student work on it. This will show other students and teachers what they are capable of achieving, as well as illustrate class projects for those who may have missed meetings or classes due to scheduling conflicts.
The best way to display artwork is either vertically if you want more pieces than horizontal or landscape-mode because that takes less space but still gives visibility.
Consider Changing The Furniture
Change out your classroom furniture every few years so it’s not outdated and boring.
You don’t have to spend tons of money on new desks, chairs, bookshelves or other classroom necessities. There are many inexpensive ways to spruce up your space with classroom furniture without spending too much time or money. The possibilities are endless; so start by thinking about the colours in the room as well as what is already available before heading down an expensive path where you might just end up disappointed if it doesn’t work out.
If you have the time, creativity and money to spare then there are tons of things online that can be purchased or downloaded for free. Here are some quick fixes:
- Put a tray underneath your bookshelf so it looks like something is stored inside.
- Make sure all chairs match as well as any other classroom furniture in order to unify the space.
- Add window dressings with curtains drawn up for an elegant look without spending too much on custom made ones. This will add some colour and elegance to the room especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money trying new things out. It can be as simple as buying inexpensive curtain rods from your local home improvement store or borrowing them from one of your friends until you have enough money saved up for something nicer.
- Frame your chalkboard so it looks like a piece of art and add the artwork to the walls that don’t have any in order to spruce up space without spending too much money or time on getting anything custom made (like paintings, for instance).
Hang Pictures Of Authors Or Other Things
Hang pictures of favourite authors or topics on the walls.
The first thing you want to do is get rid of the cinder blocks or other wall covering. You can paint them, put up wallpaper, hang pictures on them – anything that will make it more appealing and warmer than an institutional look.
Next, find posters about your favourite authors or topics which tie in with what you teach and hang those prominently around the room.
Go green! The easiest way to bring nature into any school setting is by adding houseplants all over the classroom.
Plants are the perfect way to add some life and colour into a classroom. Give each student at school a plant they can take care of (either water or otherwise) and watch as their love for plants grows! It’s been found that students who grow plants in school are more likely to have an enjoyable time while learning more. Studies show having plants near your desk can have numerous benefits like improved concentration levels and increased oxygen flow.
Here’s how to incorporate plants:
- If you teach a science class, try adding plants that are native to the area. This will provide students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of local flora and fauna.
- For English teachers, it may be more appropriate to add succulents or cacti as living decorations for desks and tables.
- Another great idea is using houseplants in place of some textbooks.
Having fresh flowers blooming around your classroom during those cold months will make any teacher happy. Not only do they brighten up the room aesthetically but they also come with numerous health-benefiting effects too!
Put Up A Chalkboard
Put up a chalkboard where kids can write their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
This can be done by making a chalkboard on the wall and then putting up some scrap pieces of wood. This will create an instant, easy-to-clean writing space for your students with something they are familiar with. It’s also more interesting to look at than plain old walls!
You might want to put it in the back corner of the room or somewhere where kids won’t feel like they’re being watched while they write. If you have nonverbal children who would need help using a blank sheet of paper, try finding a way to set up their work so that someone else is guiding them from behind (this could mean taking photos as prompts).
If not everyone has access to pen/paper combo packs, consider whether you need to provide those materials for your students.
If you want some more permanence, consider getting a dry-erase board and using markers or crayons on it instead of chalk (which will rub off the blackboard). You can also try to get permission from the administration at your school to install whiteboards in classrooms.
To make this as easy as possible for kids, set up these spaces near where they sit so that they have room to draw without obstructing any other areas of the classroom. Kids might love writing down their thoughts before starting an assignment too – if so, be sure not to forget about bulletin boards!
Set Up An Area For Group Projects
Group work is one of the best ways to get students actively involved in learning. This can be achieved by having an area set up with desks for group projects, or if you are unable to do that, have tables and stacks of chairs nearby where they could break into groups.
Getting them together will allow them to bounce ideas off each other as well as show their understanding of what was taught to them.
It’s not always easy to find ways to keep your classroom fresh and engaging, but it’s important to try because classroom design can help inspire creativity in students, as well as keep them excited about learning new things. One way to accomplish this goal is by using bulletin boards where kids can display their own work. You might also want to hang pictures of favourite authors or topics on the walls, buy some plants for them to take care of and water put up a chalkboard with an area set up for group projects, change out your furniture every few years-anything that will help make it more welcoming!