Your classroom is a home away from home for your students, and what better way to help your students feel welcome and excited about their environment than by personalizing various spaces throughout the room for them? There are so many ways to personalize your student’s individual personalities, and I’ve collected a list of creative ideas for you right here!
Use Photo Labels
Not only will your students love to see their faces on their own items throughout the room (think book boxes, name tags, pencil boxes), but photo labels will really help your visual learners and non-readers. Get the tutorial here.
Co-Create a Classroom Alphabet
How great is this?? Collaborate with your students to brainstorm ideas for each letter of the alphabet. Encourage your students to take photos of items around the classroom to match each letter, including the students themselves! Read all about it here.
Personalize Your Classroom With Peer Model Expectations
Have students model positive behaviors and document them with photos. Then include the photos on a chart with the expectations or a classroom contract! You can personalize your classroom and student expectations.
Create a Get to Know You Game
Help your students get to know one another at the beginning of the year with Friend Bingo!
Class Birthday Chart
Create a fun visual to document all of your students’ birthdays by taking a picture of students grouped by birth month. Have each student hold up the date of their birthday and voila! A fun birthday chart full of cute faces.
Personalize Your Classroom With Themed or Seasonal Bulletin Boards
Attach photos of your students faces to cute die-cuts for a fun and humorous touch to a cute bulletin board. Change it up with the seasons or to highlight units your class is working on.
What are some other ways you plan to personalize your classroom for your students?