If you’re like me, you LOVE to decorate your classroom! Although I change up how I decorate my classroom each year, there’s something that stays the same; I make sure that my classroom decor supports my students.
Why is this so important? Well, for me, I use my classroom decor to support my students so that I can continuously communicate in the target language, thus providing them with the most comprehensible input as possible.
I’m going to highlight the classroom decor that I use in my classroom to support my students.
These are a MUST-HAVE for me in my classroom. These are the posters that allow me to remain in the target language because every direction that I ask of my students are included in these posters. If I ask of something from my students and they are confused, I simply point at the sign and never switch to English. I put these up on my front board and make a title that says “Keeping up with la profesora!” (Any KUWTK fans?!?!?!)
The last school year was the first year that I had these posters up in my classroom. Initially when I created these, I imagined my students using them while speaking. However, I discovered that my students used these posters the most during their writing assignments. I watched them reference the wall while writing paragraphs to add connecting/filler words. (Thus the title of this resource!) These are the words that aren’t necessarily included in vocabulary lists, but oh so important!
I can’t teach without having this writing word wall up! This decor breaks down common phrases students could use to begin, continue, and lastly end a writing assignment. This past year I took down this writing word wall to put up the Manía Musical de marzo bracket and my students begged for me to put it back up!!
To be honest, there are many posters and study guides included in this resource, however the two main posters I put up in the front of my classroom are the “Steps to Conjugating Verbs” and “Subject Pronoun Chart.” I printed these two posters using a poster printer (or you can go to staples) and laminated them for protection. Similar to the writing word wall, if I take down these posters, my students ask for them to be put back up! I constantly see my students referencing these charts during class, and for me, its easy to simply point up to the chart while teaching. What I also love about these is that you can print them as a poster, or print them with a regular printer and provide it to your students as notes. (I do this!!)
I feel that question word posters are a must-have classroom decor as well. I always tell my students “if you know your question words, you will understand every question in Spanish.”
To be honest, I created this word wall last Summer, but never put it up in my classroom. This year I plan on using it to support my students in daily chats when I ask them to express how they are feeling.
I hope this posts encourages you to think about supporting your students while decorating your classroom!