Free Classroom Resources to Save the Day



Let's face it, teaching brings about new challenges every single day! That's why I thought I'd compile 3 freebies that you can use to make some of those days in your classroom a little easier!  I'm sharing free print-and-use resources to help you create a teacher vision, free resources to save derailed lessons, and even a substitute feedback form.  They're all about helping you survive in the classroom!
You can check out this quick video where Jenny from Art with Jenny K. and I are discussing the ideas if you'd like:

And...if you find something you like, just download it for FREE!


Here's a freebie that is perfect any day of the year!  It's a Teacher Vision Poster created by Art with Jenny K.  I'm starting with this idea because this freebie is all about getting back to the core of why you teach.  You might want to complete this poster and take time to reflect on your own personal vision as a teacher.



Since the poster is visually stunning, it's also great to display in your classroom.  Your words and vision will surely help you survive some of those especially difficult days.




Sometimes our days in the classroom are all about surviving the "little" interruptions that can completely de-rail a lesson.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  How about when there's a fire drill right in the middle of your instruction?  Or, what about when the technology that you planned to use for the lesson completely fails?  Oh, and what about when a student is having a rough day and making it especially hard to teach and learn?  Wouldn't it be nice to have a set of ideas just in case something sends a lesson off track?

Well, great news!  I've compiled a set of Back Up Plans to help you survive common classroom problems.


In the free download, you'll find solutions for...
- Fire drills (and ideas for helping students learn on the go)
- Lessons that end to soon (a fun game to extend any lesson)
- Technology Failures (an activity that students can do while you deal with a tech issue)


- Challenging students (an easy classroom management idea)
- Class interruptions (a focus sheet to bring students back to learning)





Speaking of surviving, one of the daunting tasks that teachers have to face is preparing for a substitute teacher.  It can be overwhelming to plan for a successful day in your absence.  That's why you're going to love this Substitute Feedback Form that Art with Jenny K. has put together for you!


With this form, your sub will have an easy way to keep track of behavior and leave you detailed notes about his or her day in your classroom.  You can just stick this form on your desk or insert it into your substitute teacher binder and just like that, your life got a whole little easier!


Find this FREEBIE HERE.

Well, that's all the teacher survival freebies that I've rounded up for today.  I hope you can make at least one of them work in your classroom!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Mary Beth


P.S. Just click the images below to learn more about the freebies in this post!






Creating a Colorful Classroom with Mood Boards


I don't know about you, but I just love a styled classroom!  You know the classroom I'm talking about, right?  It's the kind of classroom that seems to have it all pulled together.  Sometimes in our quest to have a visually appealing classroom, it can hard to know where to begin.  That's why I've put together a set of Classroom Design Mood Boards to provide a little inspiration.  

Speaking of inspiration, all of the mood boards in this post are based on a color of the rainbow.  Why?  Because one of the easiest ways to put together a styled classroom is by sticking with a single color.  This makes gathering design elements for the room super easy.  For instance, if you're going for a "blue" theme, then picking out storage containers, a lamp, a poster, and even a fun seat are easy, because all you have to do is make sure that they're blue!

For the most part, each of the mood boards have common elements in them like a...

A classroom rug - No matter what age group of students you teach, a rug is one of the quickest ways to make your classroom more appealing.  Once the rug is in your classroom, you can use it for class meetings, read alouds, a comfy reading corner, a space for partners to work together...the options are endless!


Fun classroom chairs - I love the idea of including at least two chairs in the classroom.  In my own classroom, the special chairs were part of my homework incentive program.  Students worked all week long to complete their homework so that they could sit in the special chair.  But, chairs are also great for flexible seating options, spaces for partners or groups to work together, a "sharing" chair, and so much more!

Hanging decor - Whether it's a fun banner, paper lanterns, tissue paper poofs, or 3-D shapes, an inexpensive and fun way to decorate the classroom is with something that you can hang.  Imagine displaying your banner along a bulletin board or chalkboard.  Or, perhaps you can string the lights in front of your teacher desk.  The options are endless and the impact is huge.  Here's a tip: once you find the hanging decor you like, purchase several of them.  Having multiple sets will have more of an impact.


Quote Poster - There's nothing better than a little inspiration in the classroom.  So, each mood board includes a quote poster.  These are great to hang on your classroom door, at the front of the classroom, or even in the center of a bulletin board.  If you're up for it, I'd suggest getting the posters in the biggest size possible.  The bigger the poster, the more classroom real estate it will take up, and the quicker your classroom will be designed.


A lamp - If you're looking to change the feel of your classroom, a lamp will do it!  Whether it's a floor lamp that you can place on your rug with the chairs or a table lamp that you can set out on your desk, there's just something so cozy about lamps!  If you'd like, you can even purchase a couple of lamps to spread out around the classroom.  Then, you can make it a habit to turn off those florescent overhead lights...what a difference!


Storage baskets - What's a classroom without storage, right?  Well, if you're thinking of getting storage containers, I've included a few inspiration pieces on each design board.  


Fun design elements - You'll find unique elements on each design board, too.  Those have been added to provide even more fun ideas to tie in your classroom theme.

About the classroom decor items:
The items that I've placed on the mood boards are selected with a teacher's budget in mind.  That means that I really tried my best to ensure that no single item was more than $50.  Oh, and since they're sourced from Amazon, there's a chance that you'll be able to put some of the elements on a school purchase order, or perhaps you can put your design requests out into the world with programs like Donors Choose.  Of course, the mood boards are mainly intended for inspiration.  However, if you do want to learn more about each of the items, just click the links provided.

OK...enough background information, let's get to the Classroom Mood Boards!  Check out the 7 colors-of-the-rainbow inspired mood boards!








And...if you'd like to instantly decorate your classroom, check out this Bright and Happy Classroom Decor Pack!  It's filled with over 200 pages of ready-made decorations and includes 25 pages of editable decor elements!  

Since it's filled with every color of the rainbow, you can display the classroom decorations with any color theme!

Great News!  I've been working with my friend Rachael from The Classroom Nook and we have a TON more classroom decor and design ideas for teachers!  In fact, we've put together a 30-Day "Get Your Year in Gear" teacher-challenge.  It's absolutely FREE!  

Just click here to learn more. When you sign up, you'll get access to 4 mini-courses that cover everything Back to School including classroom design, organization, curriculum planning, and ways to build a positive classroom community.  There's also a TON of exclusive freebies, bonuses, and videos!  Oh, and as if it couldn't get any better, there's even a lively Facebook group of like-minded teachers!  If you'd like to learn more and sign up, just click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mary Beth


Looking for more classroom mood boards?  Check out these…
--- Colorful Classrooms (color-themed classrooms)
--- Classroom Sweet Classroom (home décor inspired classrooms)
--- Design for the Little Ones (mood boards for elementary classrooms)
--- Classroom Décor with a Theme (theme-inspired classrooms)
--- Middle School Classroom Designs (ideas for decorating in the middle school)
--- Classroom Design Inspired by the Decades (decades of décor)
--- Bright and Bold Classroom Décor (mood boards filled with fun colors)


* This post contains affiliate links.

Classroom Sweet Classroom: Designing a Classroom that Feels Like Home

For many teachers, our classrooms are our home away from home. That's why I thought it would be fun to put together some classroom mood boards that are inspired by home decor styles. After all, what's the easiest way to make a classroom feel cozy and welcoming? Making it feel like home, of course!  I've put together a few inspirational mood boards for doing just that! Just imagine if your classroom could take on a mid-century modern vibe or a hip urban loft.  What about a boho chic classroom or a modern classroom?  Ever dream of a cottage themed classroom, well, I've got some ideas for that, too!

For the most part, each of the mood boards have common elements in them like a...

A classroom rug - No matter what age group of students you teach, a rug is one of the quickest ways to make your classroom more appealing.  Once the rug is in your classroom, you can use it for class meetings, read alouds, a comfy reading corner, a space for partners to work together...the options are endless!


Fun classroom chairs - I love the idea of including at least two chairs in the classroom.  In my own classroom, the special chairs were part of my homework incentive program.  Students worked all week long to complete their homework so that they could sit in the special chair.  But, chairs are also great for flexible seating options, spaces for partners or groups to work together, a "sharing" chair, and so much more!

Hanging decor - Whether it's a fun banner, paper lanterns, tissue paper poofs, or 3-D shapes, an inexpensive and fun way to decorate the classroom is with something that you can hang.  Imagine displaying your banner along a bulletin board or chalkboard.  Or, perhaps you can string the lights in front of your teacher desk.  The options are endless and the impact is huge.  Here's a tip: once you find the hanging decor you like, purchase several of them.  Having multiple sets will have more of an impact.


Quote Poster - There's nothing better than a little inspiration in the classroom.  So, each mood board includes a quote poster.  These are great to hang on your classroom door, at the front of the classroom, or even in the center of a bulletin board.  If you're up for it, I'd suggest getting the posters in the biggest size possible.  The bigger the poster, the more classroom real estate it will take up, and the quicker your classroom will be designed.


A lamp - If you're looking to change the feel of your classroom, a lamp will do it!  Whether it's a floor lamp that you can place on your rug with the chairs or a table lamp that you can set out on your desk, there's just something so cozy about lamps!  If you'd like, you can even purchase a couple of lamps to spread out around the classroom.  Then, you can make it a habit to turn off those florescent overhead lights...what a difference!


Storage baskets - What's a classroom without storage, right?  Well, if you're thinking of getting storage containers, I've included a few inspiration pieces on each design board.  


Fun design elements - You'll find unique elements on each design board, too.  Those have been added to provide even more fun ideas to tie in your classroom theme.

About the classroom decor items:
The items that I've placed on the mood boards are selected with a teacher's budget in mind.  That means that I really tried my best to ensure that no single item was more than $50.  Oh, and since they're sourced from Amazon, there's a chance that you'll be able to put some of the elements on a school purchase order.  Of course, the mood boards are mainly intended for inspiration.  However, if you do want to learn more about each of the items, just click the links provided.

Alright, are you ready to make your classroom feel like home? Then, check out the classroom design mood boards.  If you'd like to learn more about any of the items, just click on the links below the mood boards.









And...check this out!  If you'd like to easily add some modern design to your classroom, you can do so with this classroom decor set!
Decor pack for middle school classrooms!

It's got everything you need to create a contemporary and cool classroom!

Striped Chairs (these are a little pricey, so one might be enough) /// Burlap Banner /// Quote Poster /// This is My Happy Place Sign ///  Jute Rug /// Blue Desk Accessories /// Desk Lamp /// Storage Bins (6)

I hope you're feeling inspired and ready to make your classroom feel like home!  If you'd love more ideas for classroom decor and design, be sure to sign up for the FREE 30-Day "Get Your Year in Gear" teacher-challenge that Rachael from the Classroom Nook and I have put together for teachers like you.  It's absolutely FREE!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mary Beth

Looking for more classroom mood boards?  Check out these…
--- Colorful Classrooms (color-themed classrooms)
--- Design for the Little Ones (mood boards for elementary classrooms)
--- Classroom Décor with a Theme (theme-inspired classrooms)
--- Middle School Classroom Designs (ideas for decorating in the middle school)
--- Bright and Bold Classroom Décor (mood boards filled with fun colors)


* This post contains affiliate links.

Classroom Design for the Little Ones

This year, you and your students will spend A LOT of time in your classroom!  So, why not make it super fun?  I love the idea of pulling together design elements to turn a drab classroom into a fab classroom.  That's why I've put together a series of classroom mood boards to provide a little inspiration for setting up a fantastic classroom. The mood boards in this collection are designed with young students in mind. You'll find themed classrooms with a bit of whimsy and ton of fun!

For the most part, each of the mood boards have common elements in them like a...

A classroom rug - No matter what age group of students you teach, a rug is one of the quickest ways to make your classroom more appealing.  Once the rug is in your classroom, you can use it for class meetings, read alouds, a comfy reading corner, a space for partners to work together...the options are endless!


Fun classroom chairs - I love the idea of including at least two chairs in the classroom.  In my own classroom, the special chairs were part of my homework incentive program.  Students worked all week long to complete their homework so that they could sit in the special chair.  But, chairs are also great for flexible seating options, spaces for partners or groups to work together, a "sharing" chair, and so much more!

Hanging decor - Whether it's a fun banner, paper lanterns, tissue paper poofs, or 3-D shapes, an inexpensive and fun way to decorate the classroom is with something that you can hang.  Imagine displaying your banner along a bulletin board or chalkboard.  Or, perhaps you can string the lights in front of your teacher desk.  The options are endless and the impact is huge.  Here's a tip: once you find the hanging decor you like, purchase several of them.  Having multiple sets will have more of an impact.

Quote Poster - There's nothing better than a little inspiration in the classroom.  So, each mood board includes a quote poster.  These are great to hang on your classroom door, at the front of the classroom, or even in the center of a bulletin board.  If you're up for it, I'd suggest getting the posters in the biggest size possible.  The bigger the poster, the more classroom real estate it will take up, and the quicker your classroom will be designed.

A lamp - If you're looking to change the feel of your classroom, a lamp will do it!  Whether it's a floor lamp that you can place on your rug with the chairs or a table lamp that you can set out on your desk, there's just something so cozy about lamps!  If you'd like, you can even purchase a couple of lamps to spread out around the classroom.  Then, you can make it a habit to turn off those florescent overhead lights...what a difference!


Classroom Storage Ideas - What's a classroom without storage, right?  Well, if you're thinking of getting storage containers, I've included a few inspiration pieces on each design board.  

Fun design elements - You'll find unique elements on each design board, too.  Those have been added to provide even more fun ideas to tie in your classroom theme.

About the classroom decor items:
The items that I've placed on the mood boards are selected with a teacher's budget in mind.  That means that I really tried my best to ensure that no single item was more than $50.  Oh, and since they're sourced from Amazon, there's a chance that you'll be able to put some of the elements on a school purchase order.  Of course, the mood boards are mainly intended for inspiration.  However, if you do want to learn more about each of the items, just click the links provided.

I've prepared a few themes for you...the zoo, space, owls, and the beach!  Don't forget...you can totally mix and match items and ideas from the different mood boards.  If you'd like to learn more about the classroom decor items, just click on the links below the mood boards.  Let's get started...




Beach Chairs /// Sand Buckets (great for storage) /// Beach Balls (set of 6) /// Paper Lantern Garland /// Inner Tubes /// Purple Lamp /// Fishing Net /// Quote Posters (set of 3) /// Rug


Great News!  I've been working with my friend Rachael from The Classroom Nook and we have a TON more classroom decor and design ideas for teachers!  In fact, we've put together a 30-Day "Get Your Year in Gear" teacher-challenge.  It's absolutely FREE! 


Just click here to learn more. When you sign up, you'll get access to 4 mini-courses that cover everything Back to School including classroom design, organization, curriculum planning, and ways to build a positive classroom community.  There's also a TON of exclusive freebies, bonuses, and videos!  Oh, and as if it couldn't get any better, there's even a lively Facebook group of like-minded teachers!  If you'd like to learn more and sign up, just click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mary Beth

Looking for more classroom mood boards?  Check out these…
--- Colorful Classrooms (color-themed classrooms)
--- Design for the Little Ones (mood boards for elementary classrooms)
--- Classroom Décor with a Theme (theme-inspired classrooms)
--- Middle School Classroom Designs (ideas for decorating in the middle school)
--- Classroom Design Inspired by the Decades (decades of décor)
--- Bright and Bold Classroom Décor (mood boards filled with fun colors)
--- Classroom Sweet Classroom (home décor inspired classrooms)


* This post contains affiliate links.



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