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Decorating Ideas for Classroom Doors

Updated on November 5, 2018

Decorating a class room door in your child's school can provide a good opportunity for students , teachers and parents to come together in doing a fun activity that can enhance the learning environment.

Regardless of what the event of motive are for choosing to decorate your class room door, you as teacher get to involve the kids and in many instances your parents can also get into the act. This offers a great opportunity of not only meeting your kid's parents but it allows you to share concerns and offer insights into how the child is doing in your class.

In a sense the occasion can be turned into an "open house" of sorts just simply an informal one but it is these informal meetings between parents and teachers that can often produce the best results since the parents who may choose to help you decorate your class room door are often some of the most involved in their child's education.

Did I mention that if you are specially proud of your door and how it came out and may wish to save it , keep in mind that they can also make awesome bulletin boards for the inside of the room.

Just be careful when you are dismantling it or better yet, attach a whole sheet of cork paneling to the door before you apply the decorations, This way it makes it easier to separate the entire project at once without doing damage to the artwork.

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There are countless opportunities to decorate your class room door. Take for example most any holiday and you can get your students involved in the project along with your self and parents.

The decorations should be a reflection of the holiday in mind and it should feature images, drawings, art work and text to make easily recognizable as a representation of said holiday.

But if you do not want to do holiday themed door then there are also many times of the year that lend themselves quite well for this too. How about combining Halloween with the "Say No To Drugs" campaign?

"Just Say No" was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. "War on Drugs", prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband's presidency.

The "Just Say No" slogan was the creation of Robert Cox and David Cantor, advertising executives at the New York office of Needham, Harper & Steers/USA in the early 1980s.

In 1982, the phrase "Just Say No" first emerged when Nancy Reagan was visiting Longfellow Elementary School in Oakland, California.When asked by a schoolgirl what to do if she was offered drugs, the First Lady responded: "Just say no." Just Say No club organizations within schools and school-run anti-drug programs soon became common, in which young people were making pacts not to experiment with drugs.

The class room doors featured in this article all were done doing the Say No To Drugs Awareness Campaign at my location Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines and being so close to Halloween , many teachers chose to add a Halloween theme to the mix.

Here is a bit more information about this excellent institution that serves the Pembroke Pines community and where I am proud to be a part of;

Franklin Academy is proud to offer the residents of Broward County a K-12 system. Our newest campus will serve students in grades 6-12. Our spacious 40 acre campus is located near 5000 SW 207th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33332. The newly constructed 141,890 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes classrooms, specialty rooms for music, art, computer labs, large multipurpose room as well as science labs. Jogging paths with fitness stations located throughout; sports fields, a multipurpose field and a gymnasium with locker rooms will be located on a beautifully landscaped campus.

Our middle school curriculum (grades 6-8) focuses on the core academic areas of math, science, language arts and social studies. Enrichment classes provide Critical thinking skills which become increasingly important at this level of study. Our goal is to thoroughly prepare our students for the four years of high school that lie ahead.

Academics at the high school level (grades 9-12) are focused on college preparation including extracurricular clubs and activities which will assist in the growth and development of our students. Participation in team sports and clubs provide opportunities for leadership and excellence which are increasingly required for college admission.

Everything from bathroom paper to cardboard was used. Most of the decorating and illustrations were done by the students and their talent really became apparent.

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Here are some general ideas and tips for not only decorating your doors but if features quite a number of solid approaches to keep the project simple yet allow for the chance of making it a very fun filled activity.

Don't forget that there are also many benchmarks that can be applied to this project, specially if the students conduct research on the theme, the holiday or the activity, the project is accompanied by a research paper or summary of the event.

This lends itself well for almost any subject matter so long as you apply creativity and more often than not "think outside the box"

Decorations can be simple, elaborate, funny; they might be trendy, referencing the latest movie that’s popular with students, or tied to a teacher’s favorite things.

Keep it friendly. While it can be turned into a contest between room parents, the Southland PTO prefers to avoid the competitive aspect.

Measure everything first. Don’t forget to note the position of the doorknob and window! In some cases, safety codes might require that the window be kept clear.

Make the door cover in advance. Lay your paper base flat on the floor or on a large table, then glue and tape all decorations into place. That way, it only takes a moment to attach it to the actual door.

Use wide tape to secure the paper to your door. Taping at top, bottom, and a couple of spots along the sides is usually good enough, along with some reinforcement near the knob. (Ask your school’s janitor or office staff what kind of tape they prefer—clear packing tape or painter’s tape, for example.)

Choose decorations that are not too heavy, or make replicas with lighter materials. If you’re using candy in your door theme, ask students to “empty” the candy packages first—this is a job they’ll be happy to help with!

Almost any door decorating idea can be done as a poster instead. If your district has stricter fire codes and won’t allow an entire door to be covered in paper, a poster is a good alternative. The Southland PTO has done posters some years, which the teachers love because they can use them the next year as a classroom wall hanging.

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If doing holidays is not your thing or you rather prefer to do more seasonal themed based projects or project that have a more world wide appeal, you can always choose the changing seasons, the life of a scientist or science in general. How about the discoveries of our lifetime, Man on the Moon. Literary genres like Shakespeare's works. Historical events in time like The Renaissance, Greek Gods, Egypt and the Pyramids.

Even video games for the older high school students can be a suitable project. I'm sure you will find more than enough willing participants that would love to do a compare and contrast door project based on old video games vs the more modern ones for example.

Bottom line is that almost any theme lends itself for this and not only can you apply a benchmarks to the whole affair, it breaks the monotonous day in and day out of classes that can often accompany the routine of teaching.

So if you find yourself in a rut and think your classes can use a little "ump", then why not use any of the many ideas and do a door decorating project?

© 2018 Luis E Gonzalez


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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      2 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Although at this point I am no longer a parent, I am very much involved in the lives of the children whose parents I have taken in. In the case here the three children who are in school attend different schools. Since we have one teacher coming to the house, I will talk to her about doing this for the local school district.

      It really is a great idea, which as you say can be used as a teaching tool.


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