7 Tips To Decorate Your Classroom Like a Pro
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Whether you are a first-year English teacher or have been teaching for numerous years, decorating your classroom can be both exciting and stressful. We completely understand! You probably have so many ideas that you have seen online but are on a budget or maybe you’re not too crafty. Look no further because we have all the answers to making your classroom aesthetically pleasing! By following these seven easy steps, you can fool everyone into thinking you are an interior decorator.
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Pick a colour scheme or theme
Just like your bedroom or dorm room, your classroom should be an extension of your personality. It should be a welcoming and safe space for you and your students to learn and grow. Many teacher’s favourite part about having their classroom is that they can decorate it. If you are teaching abroad, check with your school about your classroom. In different countries, the students stay in the same classroom, and the teacher moves classrooms. If that is your school situation, it is unlikely you will be able to decorate your classroom. Nevertheless, keep reading as you may have your own classroom one day!
The first step of decorating your classroom is to come up with a colour scheme or theme. A colour scheme can consist of a few or multiple colours you believe will complement each other in your classroom. A classroom theme can go beyond colours such as patterns, animals, locations, etc. A classroom theme example could be the jungle where all decorations represent the animals who live there. Another example could be the beach, where decorations could be shells, sea animals, or the ocean.
The possibilities are endless!
A colourful and pattern-filled classroom would attract the attention of younger students. An organized colour scheme classroom would attract the attention of older students.
Check if the teacher before left anything behind
Before buying anything for your classroom, check if the previous teacher left anything in your classroom. There’s a 50/50 chance you could be walking into an empty classroom, and you will have to bring in all your material. On the other hand, you could be walking into a classroom full of old resources and materials.
Consider it a blessing that you will not have to be purchasing brand new material for your room. You will need to take time to sort through everything left behind and find any gems. Gently used bulletin board strips, board games, and barely used school supplies are some of the best passed-down items. Outdated work activities and damaged items can be trashed. It is a time-consuming process, but it is well worth it!
Create a pinterest board or mood board
One of the easiest things you can do to kick off your classroom decorations is to create a Pinterest board or mood board. You will need to set up a Pinterest account if you do not currently have one, and the best part is it is free! Pinterest has become a teacher’s best friend, and you will soon see why. You can consider your colour scheme or classroom theme that you previously had in mind, and expand from there. Nothing is set in stone, so you can change your mind if you like another theme more. Pinterest is another great way to find easy classroom decor that you can buy or recreate for your room. As previously mentioned, various teachers use Pinterest, and many create accounts dedicated to classroom decor. You can follow and share ideas you found on Pinterest with other social media to help other teachers.
If you are a minimal DIY person, you can create your mood board filled with your favourite things. You can print or cut out clippings from multiple magazines and glue them on a poster board. This allows you to take a break from your device and get a little crafty. A digital mood board is another way to go. A digital mood board will allow you to combine your favourite pieces into one location with no mess.
Organization is KEY!
If you take anything away from this article, let it be this – organization is key! No one wants to walk into a classroom that is all over the place. It shows your students, their parents, and your colleagues you are not put together. You can start by labelling bins and materials. If you are teaching abroad, add the native word with the English word. If you are teaching younger students, labelling everything will help with word association.
By having specific bins in your classroom, your students know where to turn in papers and pick up material. There is less confusion and smooth transitions. If you teach multiple classes, consider colour coordinating each class with a specific colour. Bins will become your new best friend as they are perfect for storage and moving around. For an eco-friendly option consider using cardboard boxes – works the same!
Dollar Store BEFORE Craft Store
There will be a time when you are scrolling through Pinterest, and you see the perfect addition to your classroom. You go to check the price – YIKES it’s way over your budget! But it doesn’t look too difficult to DIY, so you check your local craft store for materials. After you calculate the total, it costs the same as buying it online. We have all been there, and you were on the right track, you just overlooked the most affordable place for all your DIY needs: the good old dollar store! A dollar store is any store that sells all products for one dollar (plus tax). It has everything from cheap art supplies to kitchenware. The materials you were going to pay for at a craft store cost one dollar at the dollar store. You can stock up on DIY projects, school supplies, and even prize box toys!
Reading Corner/ Area
As an English teacher, it is not uncommon to have an area of your classroom dedicated to a reading corner. Every teacher has an idea of what a reading corner should include. The most common items are a stocked up bookshelf and comfy reading chairs. Everything else is up to you! If you are teaching younger students, consider getting carpet squares or soft mats instead of comfy chairs for multiple students to enjoy. If you are teaching abroad, consider having a mix of English books and books in the student’s native language. This area can be super simple and just a relaxing place for students to read.
Simple goes a LONG way
Teachers, please put your listening ears on and pay attention. Simple is more and goes a long way. We will say it again – LESS is MORE! You do not want your classroom to be cluttered. Simple decor is less of an eyesore, and your students will have an easier time concentrating. A manageable and cost-effective way to spice up your classroom is to use wallpaper vinyl on your walls for a complete transformation. Fun educational posters and decor can brighten up your classroom and make it feel not so empty.
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- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.