Thursday, August 25, 2011

For the Next Ten Months...

My classroom will become my home away from home for the next 10 months.  Making it personal and colorful makes me smile while I'm at work. 

Setting up my classroom is one of my favorite things to do before the new school year starts. The minnies always like to help decorate and have great ideas about what they would want in their classroom.

This is the view from outside my door. I love my pink and green wreath and so do the students. It’s easy to know which room is mine!

As you open the door, this is the view of the classroom. I teach high school Spanish and love to have as many authentic materials and decorations as possible. Although I’ve probably tried every seating plan in the textbook, this year I have students in groups of four. This is perfect for working with a partner or a small group activities.

A classroom is a home away from home for students, too. This comfy reading area, stocked with my favorite social magazines from Mexico and Spain, is for students who finish work early. I also have some school supplies on hand for students who need them. Don’t you love the flower pencils? The green dragon is popular, too. He was a party favor at my friend’s wedding in Mexico.

All of my school supplies are neatly labeled in bright green and blue bins.

I climbed on a ladder to hang the cut out papel picado and flags from different Spanish speaking countries. If you’re traveling to a Spanish speaking country in the near future, please let me know. I’d love to have more flags from other countries to hang in the room.

My students love the foam party hats and globe that hangs from the ceiling. Fun! Spanish Magnetic Poetry on the white board is also entertaining for students after assignments are completed.

Everyone loves candy and everyone loves getting a prize. On the bookshelf behind my desk, I keep a sweet supply of some of my favorite candy from Mexico and the United States. It's fun for students to try new candy.

If you were a student in my class, this is what you would see. What do you think?



  1. I think I wish I had had YOU and not that mean ole, not a piece o' candy or party hat in sight, Mrs. Parker! XXOO

  2. I think I wish YOU were my teen's Spanish teacher!

  3. Oh my goodness it is too cute! So you! Love your candy shelf, what a great idea too :)

  4. LOVE the wreath and the candy!

    xx Emily @

  5. Love the classroom and so wish you were my Spanish teacher. I could really use some help with my Spanish! Every summer my husband and I do mission work in Peru (for the past 5 years). I go and teach the native Indians how to sew!
    Let me know if you need a Peruvian flag :)

  6. Bethany, your room looks gorgeous! It is so clear through the effort you put into your room just how passionate you are for your students and teaching. Your students and school is so fortunate to have you as an asset. Best of luck for another fabulous year! :)

  7. I think you have created a really inspiring place to learn a new language and culture. Great job !

  8. Love your classroom, Bethany! And I bet you are the students favorite teacher, by far! :-) XOXO

  9. I love what you've done with your classroom. It makes it so cheerful! What a great place to work. xo, C

  10. Wow! What an encouraging space to learn! I'm sure you and your class are a favorite among your students!

  11. I LOVE your room! I always decorated my classroom, too! I framed everything that hung on my walls, made curtains, and always had cute desk accessories, baskets, etc. to match! Loved doing it!

    Yay for you! XOXO

  12. Oh Bethany! You must be so inspiring to your class! I LOVE all that you have done to make your students feel special. I am sure you are a favorite teacher!!! xoxo

  13. What a fun classroom! I love the wreath on the door, thank you for sharing!



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