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« on: August 07, 2009 05:33:35 PM »

Here are three little projects I've done for my classroom. Apologies for the lousy photo quality; I shot some of these with my cell phone because I forgot to bring my camera to school.

1. Literary pennant garland. We are doing a Route 66 theme this semester, so I'm trying to make my decorations look like stuff you'd find along the road. Here in Tulsa, we have about a two- to three-mile stretch of Route 66 that's just lined with used car lots as far as the eye can see, so I bounced off of that by getting one of those plastic pennant garlands you see around car lots ($16.99 for 140 feet at the party store) and used a Sharpie to write literary terms and their definitions on the pennants.



These serve a dual purpose: Theyre a way for the kids to learn something while staring off into space (not that any of my kids would do that, of course), and theyre a reference point for lessons when were discussing a particular term, I can say, OK somebody find the word assonance on the flags and tell us what it means. Some appear to be backwards because the pennants are translucent. I just wrote on one side of each pennant and alternated between front and back to make them accessible and easy to read from anywhere in the room.

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2. Bouquet o' pens. I did something similar last year and posted it, but I think this year's bouquet is more fun -- the butterflies are pens, too. Not an original idea, but a cute one that brightens up the room and reduces inadvertent pen theft.



3. Last but not least: This is a map I made for the kids to chart their grades. Its kind of a parody of the old postcard that says Here We Are on Route 66. (Click here to see the postcard: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/postcards-pictures-of/66n2-HereWeAre.jpg.) Instead of points, we are counting miles, with 2,448 miles available for the semester. The kids will keep the map in their portfolio, where they will use it to track their mileage.



Any other teachers out there with crafty classroom ideas to share?

Emily
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009 05:42:36 PM »

More cleverness.  You are amazing.  Great job.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009 06:36:39 PM »

Great classroom, love what you did with the theme.  I dont think my teachers were that clever. Your students are lucky to have you!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009 07:24:08 PM »

Thanks! I have kind of an ulterior motive in all this: I teach six sections of English II, and I have the attention span of a gnat, so I'm not just trying to keep 25 or 30 fidgety teenagers occupied for one hour -- I'm also trying to keep one extremely fidgety grownup occupied for six consecutive hours.  Shocked

If I've got to spend the entire day in that classroom, I jolly well want it to be the kind of place where I'm comfortable hanging out, y'know?
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009 08:46:33 PM »

That's funny! Grin

Great job anyway.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009 09:05:50 PM »

Hehe, I love this. I'm a high school art teacher...anything I made would be instantly destroyed. But I love that you jazz up your room with some great stuff.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2009 07:15:17 AM »

Great ideas!  And it's important to know how to help the figety teacher, too  Wink  Wish they'd let us hang stuff from the ceiling, but fire marshall says no.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2009 09:56:13 AM »

The room looks great.

I'll post some of my ideas once I get my room put together, probably next week. I'm waiting on an English teacher to get her stuff out of my room. I thought that packing that stuff up or at least putting most of it in a corner was standard end of the year etiquette, but I'm still pretty new to this gig.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2009 09:59:39 AM »

Wish they'd let us hang stuff from the ceiling, but fire marshall says no.

That's why you take it down before he/she arrives! Smiley Is it an all out ban on hanging things from the ceiling? You might want to check. Ours just need to be a certain distance from doors, walls and light fixtures and must not displace any ceiling tiles. And no Christmas lights, which makes me sad but I totally get it. I do have a secret code violating smelly candle. I think kids like you more when you room smells like cookies.
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2009 03:31:35 PM »

Thanks! I have kind of an ulterior motive in all this: I teach six sections of English II, and I have the attention span of a gnat, so I'm not just trying to keep 25 or 30 fidgety teenagers occupied for one hour -- I'm also trying to keep one extremely fidgety grownup occupied for six consecutive hours.  Shocked

If I've got to spend the entire day in that classroom, I jolly well want it to be the kind of place where I'm comfortable hanging out, y'know?


Redforkhippie, I think we must be two peas in a pod. I think the same way. If I'm not comfortable in my classroom, I know my students aren't.

Your penants are inspiring! I just wish I could do that with my classroom. Unfortunately, my principal would never approve because it would set off our security system. *sigh*

I'll have to post some pics of stuff I've made for my classroom soon! I've just moved from a mobile unit into the main building so I'll unbox some goodies and post them. Smiley
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