TEACHER ADVENTURES: Classroom decoration with Etsy

The 2015-2016 school year begins in two weeks and I was inspired to look up some decorations for my classroom. I decided to look at Etsy.com for some inspiration. I have not ordered from any of these shops (yet), but if/when I do, I would consider these. Here are some Etsy shops you might like (and in no particular order):

1. Echo Literary Arts: Posters on literary devices, inspirational quotes from authors and books, posters on various literature, and posters on punctuation. The style is unique!

2. Get Your Nerd On: Periodic table poster fun! Combine a few periodic table elements here and there and you find punny words. There are also clever reading and grammar posters, I personally like the punctuation posters.

3. Little Blue Bird Create: Oh, the Little Blue Bird Creation has these stacked blocks made to look like books. I can not describe it any better and I do not have my HTML language down yet to post a picture, but click on the link and you will see what I mean.

4. Grammatical Art: This shop is also one of my favorites! As the shop description states, it is “grammar and science prints, tees, and cards for the nerd in all of us.” There are various prints and posters that can live up to a very Big Bang Theory themed classroom. I especially like the deals, like purchasing 3 prints for one price.

5. Little Life Designs: Colorful and printable wall art that, in my opinion, fits the elementary and middle school setting. Fun and vibrant stuff here.

6. Etchy Things: This shop has customized stamps! Because our high school’s mascot are bulldogs, I wanted to look for a stamp that reflected my high school’s spirit and I found it here. This shop also has 7 (more or less) customized stamps for teachers, including a set of school subject stamps that would be great for middle school and high school students.

7. Megan Lee Studios: Decor for that cool science teacher! I teach english, but if I had that cool science teacher friend, he/she would definitely have stuff from this store in there. There are Science Gifts, Art Prints, T-shirts and more, but I highly recommend you take a look at the posters that reflect scientists from across the decades and world.

8. Amaginarium: Quirky and corky boards for those U.S. History teachers. Amaginarium (I can say that shop’s name daily) are United States of America shaped corkboards. Pretty cool.

9. Modern Switch: I am not going to lie, but I can probably decorate a light switch cover myself but I probably would not be able to design them like the ones I found in this shop. Most of the shop has single or double light switch covers and my light switches come in 3’s, but maybe it is something you like!

And last, but definitely not least (because these are not posted in any particular order) is…

10. Teacheropolis: This might be something to consider, as described it is “…a simple and economical way to keep your class door ready for lockdown drills and real emergencies without class disruptions from the opening and closing of a traditionally locked door.” I like to keep my classroom door locked, but occasionally I keep it unlocked but hate the hassle of locking it when I need to. A contraption like this would allow me to simply unhinge/hinge as needed. It is something I am looking into.

SO there you have it, some of my Etsy store favorites for teachers who want to add a little something different to the classroom. There are many other shops on Etsy that are similar to what I mentioned above, I just figured I would share what I researched for decorations for my own classroom. Of course, I do not plan to limit myself to Etsy as I plan to also look into Teacher Pay Teachers. But for now, this was fun!

I just watched the pilot all the way through for the first time in a very long time and my god that thing is beautiful from the love at first sight speech to his helping her on with her coat while Elvis Costello belts out “Watching the Detectives.” Joan goes from politely calling him Mr. Holmes  to angrily calling him Sherlock and by the end of the episode she is not his valet but his assistant. Love the push and pull between them, you can see them being drawn to each other.  The numerous references to “father” and the visual similarity of the two alarm clock scene on the roof to the end scene in the S.3 finale makes me think I need to watch this again more carefully.


John Noble will star as Sherlock Holmes’ wealthy, estranged father when he joins the cast of Elementary as a series regular in the fall. The character has been referenced in past seasons as being instrumental in Sherlock’s first stint in rehab three years ago and in pairing his son with Joan Watson, his former sober companion, now his current investigative partner and friend.

“We could not be more delighted to have John Noble taking on such an important role,” said Robert Doherty, Series Creator and Executive Producer of Elementary. “We’ve enjoyed his work for many years now – especially his tremendous run on ‘Fringe’ – and cannot wait to see him opposite Jonny and Lucy. It’s going to be an exciting season.”

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