Classroom Decor

Classroom Decor

I went to my classroom this week to put my desks in #thinkingclassroom pods and to organize a bit. I still don’t have much up on my walls from the great black mold purge of 2020 so I decided to make a few things. Since I made them, I’m free to share them.

I made 3 BIG quotes to put on my walls near the ceiling. One is a quote you’ve seen often if you visit my Make Math Not Suck site. It’s sums up my belief in learning well.

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

The next quote is to replace a quote that was on my wall for years. I had a giant Albus Dumbledore poster with this quote next to it. My son had the poster remade for me as a Christmas gift (the original not survive the great black mold purge of 2020) and I’m just getting around to making the quote again.

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.” – Albus Dumbledore

And the last one I put on the wall is from Eleanor Roosevelt, but I may change it to Maya Angelou. Still not sure about this last one.

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

This last one hasn’t been created yet, but I love the quote and hope to find a place for it in my room if I don’t replace the Eleanor Roosevelt one.

Here is a link to PDFs of each of these quotes. I created them in PowerPoint because I had a specific font I wanted to use and I wanted a pattern fill. You could easily make these in Google Slides if you want solid colors or gradients. I printed, laminated, and cut them out. I do own a cutting machine, but sometimes its faster to cut by hand.

To Create Custom Letters in PowerPoint

  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the Design Tab. In Slide Size, set your page to 11×8.5

2. I used word art, but you can also just use a text box. Type in the letter you want. I set my size to 600 px. Pick the size that fits your space. I used 3 fonts from dafont.com. The KG font series is one of my favorites but I recently found the KB series too.

3. I open the format pane so I can get all the options in one place.

I upload my pattern and select tile picture as textue.
I add the border using a solid line. I set my border to 10 pt but select what looks best.

Here are some patterns I created that you can use for free. This link takes you to a folder with all of them.

I also made some cute little labels for my whiteboard. I laminated them at school and put magnets on the back.

I made these in Google Slides. You can update the words to fit your needs. Click here for template.