Alright teacher friend, answer the question. Which is better? A Pinterest classroom or a practical classroom? I know what you are thinking “practical, duh!” But if that’s true, why do we spend so much time pinning those Pinterest classrooms and regramming those Instagram classrooms? Let’s chat practical classroom organization ideas that will help you have an organized classroom all year long.
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Pinterest classrooms are beautiful and they are so fun to look at! But they aren’t always practical. And if our jobs are to educate our students, we need to be focusing on pracicaltity over Pinterest perfection.
In this week’s podcast, I share some practical things you can make sure you are doing in your classroom that create a cozy, welcoming, and safe space for you to teach your kids.
Why Pinterest Classrooms isn’t Where it’s at
I don’t remember any of my teachers classrooms. Do you? I don’t remember having classroom jobs or super cozy reading nooks. I’m sure, though, even in the 90’s many of my teachers labored over their classroom decoration and I don’t remember a lick of it. And I bet the same is true for you.
I do remember the teachers though- which ones I like did and didn’t like. Which ones made me feel welcome and safe vs the ones who yelled anytime someone did something wrong.
The same goes for your kiddos. Yes, organization and a cozy classroom is CRUCIAL to creating that safe space. Yes, designing a cute and welcoming classroom is important for the kids WHILE they are in your classroom. But it isn’t the end all be all and it shouldn’t be. If you find yourself prioritizing what your classroom looks like over the teaching that is going on inside your four walls, you are missing it…by a lot.
Practical Classroom Organization Ideas
Here are some things I want you to focus on instead of trying to get that Pinterest Perfect classroom.
- Who is this for? This is your guiding question for everything you do in the classroom. Is this for the kids? Or is it for me?
- Simple colors over lots of patterns or colors
- In the same vein of colors, go for more neutral and calming colors vs. all the bright stuff
- Avoid setting furniture up in a way that creates “nooks” in your classroom. Instead, push things back up against the walls
- Keep the fonts simple- on the walls and on papers
- Use flexible seating, but be realistic!- Start off small, even if it’s limited, it’s better than nothing!
- Get rid of the themes! I talk about this in The Organized Teacher Framework course, but really, just get rid of it! It’s often too much and too overwhelming.
- Use boxes and bins but limit the colors and types. This is a really simple way to cut down on some of that visual clutter.
Lastly, just don’t forget to give yourself some grace. It’s so easy to look at all the other classrooms online and think “mine isn’t good enough.” But, just like we tell our kids not to compare themselves to others, we also need to do the same ourselves.
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Until next time,