108: The Myth of Classroom Decor

Teachers enjoy decorating their classroom, but making over a classroom with stuff does not improve student achievement or instructional effectiveness. Tune in to hear about 3 characteristics that make over a classroom – and one of them is not classroom décor!

Quotables

  • Making your classroom an effective, enjoyable space without the investment of classroom décor is the number one transformative decision you can make during your career
  • First you dream it up and then you enforce it
  • What you let slide, they get away with
  • It’s not personal, just protocol
  • A leader is not someone who tells others what to do, but someone who helps others do what needs to be done
  • You are as effective as what you plan
  • Rationales go a long way
  • Your intentionality in environment and leadership carries into instruction

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About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.