Whenever I decorated my classroom, I wanted the kids to feel they were immersed in the unit, so I kinda went all out. I thought I'd share a few of my classroom pictures with you. These were taken in
2000-2001 and 2001-2002 school years. You can tell by the computers!
Everyone always asks me how I made the murals on the walls and ceilings. Well, the murals on the ceilings were actually pieces of tagboard cut to the exact dimensions of the ceiling tiles. I copied the designs onto each one and painted them with acrylic paint. When they were dry, I just slipped them into the dropped ceiling frame. Now I was a lot younger then, so I don't know if I would get on a ladder to do it today.
The murals on the walls were ecru sheets that I draped over some closets and using an overhead projector, to trace the designs from a coloring book about ancient Egypt onto the sheets using a sharpie pen and then I painted them using acrylic paints. I had an old mattress box I laid the sheets out on to paint them. Believe it or not, they still look as good and vibrant today as they did back then. The gifted teachers are doing a unit on ancient civilizations this year and four of the gifted specialists are using the murals in their classrooms. We had to have a drawing because everyone wanted one and I didn't have enough to go around.
Well, that is all I have for today! Remember to always... Keep 'em Thinking!