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Between the Back-to-School Nights, making lunches, and getting the new routine in motion, this house has been pretty busy.  A good busy.  How about you?  Did you survive the ‘back-to-school time’?

Well, I have a fun Classroom Crasher to share with you today!  This room comes from Hillary, a 7th grade Social Studies teacher in Western Massachusetts.

She says: “I love to have an organized, welcoming classroom for my students and most of my decorations and organizational supplies come from places like the Dollar Store, Target, Walmart and local secondhand shops. You don’t have to break the bank to make a cozy classroom!”

Isn’t that the truth?  You don’t have to break the bank!  It can add up yes, but making it cozy can be fun and inexpensive.  Keep reading to see what she adds.

By the way, Hillary doesn’t have a blog.  So, if you are interested in sharing your classroom with other teachers, you don’t have to have a blog.  Send a few pictures my way and I’ll post them here to share.  If you are a blogger, send me 3 pictures, and I’ll link back to your specific classroom post or your blog.  It is a fun way to share 🙂  If you are like me, you love peeking into teacher’s classrooms. It is so inspiring…no matter what time of the year.

First, the BEFORE

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Here she added a plant, fun signs, and this fun question mark marquee.  Students feel welcomed as soon as they walk in the door.  Even in 7th Grade!

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Maps of any kind are a great way to cozy up a room.  The added bonus is they take up some space on the dreary white walls.  Quotes are always inspiring and fun.  Yes, you are going to fill up the walls with charts, kids’ learning, and other valuable tools but it is nice to have some pieces that create a warm inviting environment.

 

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Lamps are essential for that soft lighting.  Containers in the same color are another way to create warmth.  Even if you have different containers.  As long as you paint them the same colors, you create that unified look.  Creating a unified look allows our brain to process faster.  When we see something we are familiar with, our brain quickly identifies the containers and moves on….allowing for more important processing like… objectives for the day.

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Black bulletin boards allow for the charts to stand out.  Our brain immediately processes what is standing out.  I just love how she creates the unified TEAM feeling of “WE are…”.  Especially at this age, kids are searching to belong to something.

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Love the personal pictures.  Frames don’t have to cost much!

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And there you have it!  I hope you are feeling a bit more inspired. Hillary did such a great job!!!!  Thank you Hillary for sharing your pictures with everyone.   I know we all appreciate your willingness to share!

Have a great week y’all!  ~April

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