Monday, August 14, 2017

Do's and Don'ts for Awesome Classroom Aesthetics

  Keep this tranquil picture in mind as we head back to our classrooms! Most of us keep an organized classroom that helps most every learner to get work accomplished. But, what about more aesthetics? How does your classroom appeal to you and students? We spend most of the day in our classrooms, so it is important that students are inspired by learning there. So, what can you do this year to fill your room with exciting learning tools, sounds and images?

     DO's and DON'TS for  Awesome Classroom Aesthetics

DO  have a good classroom work flow. Does your room have clearly defined spaces for different types of learning? It is not just young learners that like to sit and read in a quiet zone on a carpet or in beanbag chairs. Centers and computers for learning games can be utilized at any age. Also, it is important to have a plan on how desks can be quickly moved together for small group sessions, or for partnerships in your classroom.

DON'T keep a multitude of posters up on your walls all year long. Too many different posters detract from the learning tasks at hand. Also, the same theme, such as say, cowboy decorations for the entire year, can create feelings of classroom monotony. In fact, a room might look downright cluttered and too many concept posters can lead to topic confusion or the "dreaded" student information overload. 

DO  decorate bulletin boards to get your students' attention on a particular concept or to appeal to their senses. But, your boards and posters should change with the flow of seasons, holidays, objectives or big ideas. Bring out posters only when needed as instructional tools. Remember to update your bulletin boards. Kids love to help on this, and some older kids might even design your seasonal/big idea boards.

DON'T pick up student papers and pass out student supplies when you have so many to help you and save instructional time.  During the first several weeks of  school, go over where to place homework, projects and other assessments. Students should also know where the classroom supplies, folders, dictionaries and other books are located. 

DO rotate teams of kids to pass out papers, supplies, books, folders and project materials, as well as to sharpen pencils or neaten up centers.

DON'T keep stacks and stacks of classroom materials on wire shelves in boxes. This gives an industrial effect to your classroom. Either share your wealth with other teachers who need them, stow your things in a closet or keep them at home in the garage until your students need them.

DO bring in interesting items to showcase to your students for short periods. Let's say you found arrowheads while camping, bought items while abroad, or have souvenirs or photographs from a recent trip.

DON'T allow music for the entire class period unless you are a music teacher of course, but...

DO enhance the mood of your class with music or sounds before or after transition periods. You can use music or sound cues to clean up, signal the end of a quiz or work period or to acknowledge someone's birthday or an event. Soft music might be played at a center for those who can listen, read and work at the same time.

DON'T  only have class pets such as fish, guinea pigs, turtles, rabbits or hamsters. Remember to first check to see if any student has allergies.

DO  include rubber tree plants, poinsettias, orchids, and maybe an annual or two, such as mums, if they can get enough sunlight. 

   Most all children are curious, just as we adults. Having an interesting classroom that supports appealing aesthetics shows that you care, want to continuously improve an environment, and wish for your kids to be motivated and inspired.



  1. Great article, exactly what I was looking for.

  2. Thank you. I am glad that you can use this article.


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