(Don't forget to scroll down...this is the second post, and you should read the first one as well. Your colleagues have a conversation started!)
I've been carrying around this idea that Doug Byrnes told me last year and I finally have a place to share it with you! He suggested making the screen savers on your classroom computers content related. For example, you could put vocabulary words on there and they would float across the screen all period. In Math classrooms, you could have relevant formulas scrolling across the screens during the day. Language Arts teachers might want grammar rules flashing right before there very eyes. You get the idea. Now, obviously, you might not have your student computers on all day, every day, but every little bit helps. Thanks, Doug for a great idea!
Oh, and as you start decorating, don't forget you have a "fifth wall" as Nancy Bell so beautifully reminds us - the ceiling!
Speaking of decorating, make sure you leave room for future student work. Seeing information on the walls that THEY created is more meaningful than any store-bought poster.
Any other room setup ideas you want to share? Post a comment!