Hi all — The SuperHERO Teacher here! It’s finally time for me to reveal all of the fun changes that were made to Megan’s classroom! For those of you who do not know, I received 900+ applicants for this $3,000 Classroom Makeover Giveaway that I hosted on my Facebook Page. Megan’s application stood out in more ways than one, and she was truly deserving of the prize! Below, you will see a picture of her classroom before the makeover, and then you will see the dramatic changes we made to complete the project!
Megan’s classroom before the makeover didn’t accurately portray her incredible, bubbly, and powerful teaching style. Here’s a few pictures prior to the makeover:
…And here’s my vision for Megan’s classroom in action.
1. NEW SEATING. The most powerful impact in the new classroom came from the new seating that I purchased from School Outfitters. I knew I wanted the old desks replaced with something that fostered collaboration amongst students, which is why I chose group seating as you can see in the pictures. On each desk, I placed a file holder that will serve as means of organization. Students can turn in their homework and classwork to the bins as well as receive new handouts in the folders. This saves time and energy for Megan! Lastly, I provided pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, and other school supplies for the students in each group.
2. NEWLY DESIGNED BULLETIN BOARDS. I designed two different bulletin board sets for Megan’s classroom. She teaches high school English and AVID, which is a course that prepares students for life after high school, specifically college. I knew I wanted to dedicate a bulletin board for each class. On the left side of the classroom, you’ll see a “Novel Suggestions” board which is designed to encourage independent reading amongst students. Students read a book outside of class, fill out a book review sheet with a picture of themselves reading the book or of their favorite reading spot, and it is displayed on the board. Their peers can then look at the board and find suggestions. If you like this bulletin board and would like to use it in your classroom, you can find it here!
On the right side of the classroom, I designed a bulletin board titled “Choose Your Path” which was designed to help students research the different college options in their state. In the center, you have the state of Minnesota with all of the top colleges and their statistics. On the right side, there are QR codes that students can scan that link back to the colleges for additional information. The boards definitely brought color to the room and gave it a more polished and cohesive look.
3. BOOK BISTRO – UNIQUE STUDENT SEATING. Every middle and high school ELA teacher dreams of having a nook specifically designed for students to get comfortable and fall in love with reading again. Knowing that, I purchased unique seating and tables from IKEA to create a “book bistro” in Megan’s classroom. The bistro has a coffee shop feel to it and is decorated to give the students a bit of a getaway from their daily school related troubles. Some incredible TpT Teacher-Authors donated books for this section of the classroom, too! The chalkboard piece is meant for students to write their favorite quotes from the books they are reading in the bistro.
4. NEW TEACHER DESK & SUPPLIES. Megan’s current desk was not up to par and didn’t serve as a great place for her to grade, create lesson plans, and escape once the day is complete. I purchased her new desk from IKEA. I loved that this desk was split into two sections because the right side of the desk is meant for student-teacher conferences and tutoring. A student can sit with Megan, discuss goals, or re-learn a concept, while Megan still has her personal space. In addition, Kate and I designed and painted “Mrs. Hoffman” to pull everything together. I purchased Megan new grading pens, XL sticky notes, a planner, desk décor, and everything she could possibly need throughout the school year. She’s honestly probably set for a few years!
5. MOTIVATION STATION. With so much negative energy traveling the halls of a high school, I wanted a way for students to share positive thoughts with each other when they’re in Megan’s class. Knowing that, I created a “Motivation Station” where students can use a chalkboard pen to share positive thoughts with their peers — whether it be a famous quote or something more personal!
6. MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS. To bring the room together, I created and printed large neon themed posters with inspiring quotes to post around the classroom. I also created large “READ. WRITE. THINK.” bubble letters as a daily reminder that reading, writing, and thinking lead to success in life after high school. To find the bundle, click here!
The reveal was more than I could ever imagine. Megan was so grateful and she truly appreciated everything that went into the process. It was a pleasure working with Megan and her helpful administration! My hope is that this makeover encourages her to continue making a difference in her students’ lives for many years to come.
If you are interested in implementing these designs in YOUR classroom, I have created a bundle of my creations. You can find them here!
Lastly, I want to say a special thank you to these incredible TpT Teacher-Authors for all of their help, encouragement, and book donations:
Meet Brittany, The SuperHERO Teacher! Brittany has teaching experience in grades 9-12 and creates digital resources for middle and high school ELA educators! Aside from teaching and creating, she loves to craft, thrift, and spend time with friends & family. Reading, writing, and designing are also some of her many passions! Brittany donated the Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition to a deserving teacher as a way to give back to the teaching community. For more inspiration, resources, and ideas, visit her TpT store or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or her blog.