10 Must See Ideas for an Appealing Classroom Design

Pinterest is so so helpful, and this post includes ten favorite pins for classroom decor. Whether you enjoy themes or a simple color scheme, you'll probably enjoy these awesome pins too.

Pinterest is certainly buzzing with pins galore, and we teachers are spending our free time scanning those pins for the perfect classroom look, those unit ideas that will be a slam dunk for our kids (and Principal's observation time), and organizational tips to make our lives easier.

Well, today, you are in for a treat. I am linking up with Ashley at Just Reed for a Ten Pin Link Up. Ashley's shared ten really great pins for back to school, and I hope these ideas will help you as you're thinking about classroom theme or color scheme ideas.

Guided Reading Organization

This first pin focuses on guided reading organization. One thing that I find very distracting is unnecessary movement in the classroom.  It seems my students are memory challenged when it comes to being prepared with their materials. By putting a cart beside the reading table, all materials are right there!  You can also use labeled storage carts around the room for students too. Each group can have their materials all together in one place. Check out THIS POST from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits for other great guided reading tips.

Personal Space

Pin number two from Mr. Greg at Kindergarten Smorgasboard would have been very helpful to me last year.  I had a very small room last year, and during small group instruction, those students not meeting with me used some of the time for reading to self.  By using this bath mat idea, they could take the rug with them to find their own quiet corner for reading. Stores like Ollies and Big Lots offer cheap bathmats, and I am hoping I can find them in animal print.  When I do, I will certainly include the pictures in my classroom set up post. Thanks, Mr. Greg for this wonderful idea!

Reading Motivation

"Growing Readers" Challenge! Each index card could be a book they are reading! Another decorating idea I loved was pin #3.  I am a reading specialist, so encouraging reading is crucial to my students' success.  I loved this reading tree which can be incorporated into many themed classrooms.  I am going with a Wild about Reading theme...animal print, animals, and definitely plant life.  I plan to put this reading tree in my reading nook for my students to recommend books to each other.  I am hoping the recommendations will stimulate more discussion about reading between the children too.

Noise Level Control

20121030-202416.jpg This next pin is something I'd like to make to help my students manage their volume.  When I'm working with students one-on-one or in a small group, there is a group of students working on their own. It's so easy for the volume to creep up.  This Voice-O-Meter is a gentle reminder to respect your classmates who are working with the teacher. From Create Art with Me

Guided Reading Support

Divide your reading table into sections to create dry erase boards. Use them for word building, responding to reading, and even questioning.I love this idea from Adrienne at Having Class in Third for supporting kids in a small group. Dividing your table into sections helps students know their space and allows you to use that space as one big dry erase board. You can do word building, responding to reading, and even quick checks with questioning. All you need is a dry erase marker.


Math Coachs Corner: They Paved Paradise...  Here's how this easy little formative assessment works.  Create a poster with a numbered square for each student in your class and assign each student a number.  When you want to do a quick assessment, students respond on a sticky note and put it on their numbered square.
Do your children seem to always have questions or stories to tell you?  The time to answer questions and listen to stories can sometimes intrude into that valuable instructional time.  For questions/comments that can wait, this parking lot idea would be extremely helpful.  If you don't want to use sticky notes, perhaps using a collection of picture frames (with decorative paper) and dry erase pens would work too.  You can add magnets to the back to hang on extra chalkboard space. Thanks Math Coach's Corner

Quick Status of the Class

When you say "fist to five check" students rate their understanding by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. The goal is for everyone to be in the green. Great way for students to self-assess their understanding and help you to gauge student understanding.
Idea #7 is another classroom management idea.  I love this for a quick check for understanding.  Often times, we're teaching away and thinking that our students are onboard, but then, you check the quizzes and "Surprise!"...they did not get it.  As you are teaching, this strategy might take the guesswork out of whether your students are onboard. Author Unknown

Favorite Project Idea Ever...

Reading Fair Projects- instead of science fair or just as a class project One of my all-time favorite pins is this one.  Like a science fair, this book fair utilizes the tri-fold displays in a different way...to celebrate literature and reading.  Definitely, take a minute to visit Read. Write. Mom! to see more of these wonderful displays.  I envision having our students create these at home and then bring them in for a Celebrate Reading and Writing Night!  It would be fun to have a group of students share their writing in an assembly fashion and then have parents and students tour the school to see all of the displays.  I am hoping our school will be able to implement this idea this year.

Flexible Seating Ideas

Itsy Bits and Pieces: End of the Tour...Bachman's 2012 Fall Ideas House... Whether these neat chairs end up in your classroom or in your child's bedroom, the idea is precious!  What a great way to reuse old tires in a really cozy way.  This is a DIY that won't happen this year, but I still love them! Thanks, Itsy Bits and Pieces!

Open House Welcome Wall

First week My final pin celebrates the sweet children that will be entering our classrooms soon.  I think this wall display is perfect for open house night and a great way to begin the school year.  It'd be fun to repeat it at the end of the year for comparison on how your students grow during the time you're together.

That's it!  My tens pins are complete.  I hope you'll have a great time planning out your year, and perhaps a few ideas shared here will help make your classroom run smoothly.  Have a wonderful year and if you wish to link up, click on buttons to the left.  I look forward to hearing your comments.


  1. Great pins- #1 would be my dream classroom, so organized I could just move in!
    I really love Fist to Five- I'll be trying that with my students!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  2. So many great ideas on Pinterest. For me, it's a real time burner! So glad you liked these too.

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    1. I can't wait to try it. Definitely check out her website to see all of the other amazing displays. Whether the parents helped or not really doesn't matter to me as that increases involvement. Plus, the kids learn how to put a professional looking product together...so helpful in the adult world.

  4. Thanks for linking up for Wishlist Wednesday! These sound like some great ideas for your room!

    1. Anytime...I missed it on Wednesday though. :-) I just happened to catch in my blog feed from bloglovin and decided to combine.
      Have a great week!

  5. I LOVE your chart for understanding! Also, I had seen the Parking Lot before, but yours has a neat approachable appearance. Is there any place to download the words? I am not the neatest when it comes to that.
    Thank you for sharing!


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