Decorating the secondary classroom can be a bit of a challenge because many teachers want the room to look appropriate for the maturity and age of the students, but much of what is on the market and pinterest caters to a younger crowd. Displaying student work can have pit falls when the student/teacher ratio starts climbing and some older students get more reticent about seeing their work displayed. (Note: I do think there is value to displaying great work with older students, but that is a post for another day!) Last year, I shared an idea for an American Literature timeline, and today I want to share another idea for classroom décor that may have the added benefit of inspiring a little extra attention during grammar lessons!
I don't know about you guys, but I am completely addicted to Pinterest and so jealous of our elementary counterparts with AMAZING room ideas! If you are not already following Simply Novel on Pinterest, check us out soon. This year, I decided to step it up on the decoration front in a way that is not only pinterest pretty, but also completely functional for teaching secondary English and the Common Core. I teach primarily American Literature so my ideas for this post surround the idea of teaching literature along a chronological, historical path in US History, but you could do something similar with any literature class. I'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and classroom decorating tips in the comment section below!