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Yay for new updates! The above pictures is for the 2017-2018 school year. :) I'm changing the pictures that have changed so far in my room and will be updating as I update through the summer. :) If it has my new logo, The Teal Paperclip, on it, it's been updated. :)

Check out the pictures below to get a better idea of what the details of my room look like. I'm going to start at the right of this picture and work my way around the room. If there's something in the pano that you don't see in the details section below, please let me know, and I'll try to get some pictures for you. Enjoy!


This is what I call my entryway table. On the right, the big long blue poster is a list of my expectations for my students. Above the board is a set of posters that include the "Think before you speak" idea, 21st century skills, and design process posters. I created these, but I got the idea (with permission) from AlwaysSunnyCo on Etsy. She makes adorable prints and offers a variety of colors. If she doesn't have the color you want, she offers color changes. Check out that resource HERE.
On the right side of the actual bulletin board, I've got a couple of the 7 habits inspired posters hanging right now, a lunch schedule, my clock, and a welcome sign. The left side of the board is an interactive calendar made with washi tape, outdoor furniture vinyl, and velcro (for the numbers to be interchangeable). 






This is a new addition to my room this year, and I'm super stoked about it. It's an interactive bookshelf. It's just made with paper and layered bulletin board border. As my students and I read throughout the year, we'll decorate a spine after each book we read. We'll add the spine to the bookshelf here; it will work as a fun, running record of what we've read this year! I can't wait to put this to use!

There are bookshelves to the right side of the area in this picture. They're just used for books, materials, and etc. Nothing interesting. Sorry. 

However, this little gem is total eye candy. I love this area. It's new as of this summer. Ok, the posters at the back of the room above my bookshelf are just levels of learning posters. 4,3,2,1 format for students to self-assess. 

The fantastic bar-height table in the center (you can only really see the stained top of it) was built by my husband about a year and a half ago. It's fabulous. The stools I use with that table are from IKEA. The futon that is backed up to the table is a walmart special; the patterned pillow cases are from Hobby Lobby; and the big turquoise pillows were on clearance at Target at the end of summer. The papasan chairs were ordered from Walmart.com, and I found the little table in stores at walmart. Y'all, I live in the country, and Walmart is sometimes my only choice. :( The rug came from Ross last summer. 

Also, those gorgeous lights across the ceiling...they're from Amazon. They're wonderful and not horribly expensive. They're a lot of fun when we turn the lights out! 

You can also see the back corner of the room. There's a blue hanging pocket chart (there are three of these in my room). Above the pocket chart is my labels for library genres.


Ok, this wall isn't completely finished, but when it is, I'll update the pictures. :) The shelf at the bottom was built by my husband. He's super handy and my best friend. I got really really really lucky; I definitely married up ;). The banner across the top middle says "Reference". The board on the left is for literary elements. Ugh, I cut my letters too tall, so I couldn't stack the "elements" part underneath it. See, I told you: a work in progress. The middle board, which is obviously blank, is going to be a writing reference. The board on the right is for figurative language. Both the literary elements and figurative language posters are Stacey Lloyd gems. If you don't know who she is, get your life right and go find out. She's amazing! To the left of all this mess, is my lovely HP posters I found on pinterest. Hate if you want to, HP is my jam! The shelf below the literary elements board is another hubby special. It houses my handout drawers and other necessities. 


See! Here's that lit terms board again. Sorry that the lighting in this is janky! Eek! This is my new ikea desk. Love! It's got a variety of junk on the wall around it etc. I'm not going to go into each little thing, but if you have questions about something specific, leave me a comment below, and I'll get back to you!


The tech desk. I put my other desk against the wall, so that my students would have access to it. Other junk as seen haha. Again, if you have questions about something specific, let me know.


This is the "front" of my classroom. Um, bean bags under the smart board, the thing in the front center bottom area is a stage. It's covered by a funky, fun rug right now. :) My board is divided into sections, and the sections are labeled with vinyl that I cut with my silhouette. 

Here's a close up of the content above the board.

And another, of our opening activities. I saw this idea on Maneuveringthemiddle's instagram. Love it!


This is our "recharge" station. Students can put their phone in their pocket, or they can charge it in one of mine. Either way works for me. 

This little gem is the wall of affirmation. I got this idea from this site on pinterest! It's a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with my classroom atmosphere. 

I'm sure there are some things that I left out, but this should give you a good idea of what it really looks like in here. I hope you enjoyed!


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  1. Your classroom looks great! I am your newest follower! I love your website!
    ~Amber
    mrsmullis.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I work hard to make my classroom inviting and fun for my students. This is actually a picture from the end of the year, last year. I've picked up some new decorations, and I'm getting ready to change out and add some things. I'm really excited. I hope you'll stop back by and check it out once I'm done!

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  2. High schoolers are just like big 3rd graders- they want to be in a place that feels cozy and comfortable and allows for them to be creative... they are lucky to have a teacher who recognizes that and embraces it. I still remember certain posters and displays from my high school spanish teacher because she made it exciting and interesting. And if it makes you happy as well, then I say it's a win all around! I love the lights around your board and your genius idea to cover up your bulletin board with curtains! So smart! Can't wait to see it ready for the new year! :)

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  3. I'd love a breakdown of what went into the brag board. I'm a rookie, so I don't know much. How are the clothespins hanging? What kind of paper is that? Thanks for sharing! The room looks amazing.

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  4. I used a plastic tablecloth as the background. Bulletin board paper would also work. Then I placed a border around the outside. The paper is just scrapbook paper (12x12) from Hobby Lobby. I attached the scrapbook paper to the background in each corner. Then, I just clipped the clothespin to the paper. When I tried attaching the clothespin to the background too, it became a big hassle. It's been up for a full year now, and I haven't had any problems with papers or clothespins falling off. Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know if you need help with or have questions about anything!

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  5. This is awesome! I love your classroom! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

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  6. How do you keep track of whose phone belongs to whom with the cell phone holder?

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    1. Each student has a number in class. This way, their phone goes in the matching numbered pocket, and there is no overlap.

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    2. Hello! You said you teach high school right? I recently bought a cell phone holder for my world history class where I want the students to put their phones daily. However, I worry about someone stealing other students' phones. Have you had a problem with that? And how do you police that? I would love to do that! PS LOVE YOUR ROOM

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    3. Yes, I teach high school. Generally when people want to implement a phone holding space, I tell them to make sure to put the phone holder in a place where students wouldn't normally be or walk past a lot. A place where you would notice if a student was randomly standing there at any point during class is a good place: near your desk (if you have one) is a good spot. I haven't ever had a problem with it, but I also know that has a lot to do with the atmosphere in my room, the connections I make with my kids, and the fact that they're ALWAYS doing something; they don't have time to be roaming around lol. I also tell them something like, "I need you to put your phone in your pocket or you can put it in one of my pockets up here (at the front of the room) if you'd like to charge it. Either way, if I see you with your phone out when you don't have permission to be using it, I will be confiscating it." This usually takes care of both problems. If they put the phone in their pocket, great! If they put the phone in "my pocket", they did it of their own free will because they had a choice.

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    4. Samantha, I have a similar cell phone space (that I call the "safe phone zone"). Students have the CHOICE to put their phones in their assigned spaces. I check the zone two or three times a week and any student who chooses to put their phone in the "zone" gets a point for the day. At the end of the grading period, they'll exchange their points for up to 15 bonus points--if they have all the points, they'll get all 15 points. If they get caught with their phones, they lose 5 points and I confiscate it til the end of the day. If they don't have a phone, I asked the students to have a parent/guardian write me a note letting me know, and they get all the bonus points (because the phone isn't an issue for them). The phones have not been an issue at all so far this year and students love knowing a. it was their choice, and b. where their phones are if they forget them. Krisanna, your room is amazing! I'm trying to create a similarly fun and cozy room within the guidelines of a very strict fun-fearing administration. Thanks for sharing your room ideas with us!

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  7. Where did you get the student pockets for notebooks and also the objective slip pockets? Did you create them or buy them?

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  8. The student notebook pockets came from amazon. You can find them
    here. I made the objective slip pockets by sewing a line, lengthwise, down the center of a sheet protector. Then I taped additional sewn page protectors to the original as I needed them. I hope that makes sense. :)

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    1. You can sew sheet protectors. #mindblown I LOVE this.I found it through pinterest, and I completely agree with you about how important classroom decorganization (yes, that's a new word) is to kids of all ages.

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  9. I love the student pocket. I bought one for my classroom, but not sure how to hang it on the wall. What did you use?

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    1. The maintenance crew at my school screwed it into the cement with cement screws.

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  10. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing! I've been looking for some ideas for my 8th grade communications class and your designs are awesome. I have a question - what do you use the bar height table for?

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I use alternative seating in my classroom. I try to provide students with a variety of working spaces. This table is one of the options. I had my husband build it. Lots of students choose to work here, either sitting on tall stools or standing. I hope that helps.

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  11. Love your giant calendar, however I would like more specifics on how you created it. What is the plastic covering it and what is behind it. Thank you

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    1. Thanks! It's on a bulletin board. I actually just changed it up this year and am getting ready to change some pictures out. Pretty much, I covered my bulletin board with a twin size flat sheet. They're cheap and the fabric lasts longer and holds up better than paper. Then I just tape off my "calendar" area using scotch expressions masking tape. Next, I cover the entire calendar area with a large sheet of vinyl. You can get it at walmart or most craft stores. The vinyl is usually a $1 or $2 per linear foot. It's usually used to cover lawn furniture. I staple it over the calendar area. Then I print, laminate, and cut whatever numbers I'll be using for the dates. I attach them to the vinyl with velcro. The velcro allows be to change out the dates as I need to. When it comes to using the calendar, I just write on sticky notes and slap 'em up there. I hope this description was clear. If it's not, let me know what questions you still have, and I'll try and help. :)

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    2. I do that, too, and I take a picture of it at the end of the month so I have a record.

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  12. Hi, I really like what you've done with interactive journals but can you explain to me how you went about it? I'm a first year teacher and my system isn't great this year

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    1. Yes ma'am. I'd love to answer all the questions that you have. It would be easiest for me to answer your questions through email. My email is mrskmiller1331@gmail.com . Thanks! I hope that I can help.

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  13. How many students do you have per class? How many student desks do you have?

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    1. Well, my classroom has changed a little since these pictures were taken. The largest class I've ever had was 19. My average class size is 12-15. Right now, I only have 9 actual desks in my room. However, between the variety of tables I have and my desks, I have 26 actual seats. Some of my students sit at places other than desks and tables though. The bean bags, fold out chairs, and papasan chair are popular choices for those who don't want a traditional seat and workspace.

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  14. Great ideas! I teach high school and my philosophy is similar! Love your great ideas. :-) Can you elaborate on your grammar/vocab books... the set up, how you use them, etc? Thank you!

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    1. I use a Greek and Latin roots program by Teacher Created Materials. I do an activity related to a set of Greek/Latin roots Monday-Wednesday. Grammar is a mixture of daily grammar practice (a program our school purchased) and mentor sentences that I created for my students. They have a specific grammar task for each day of the week. We alternate DGP one week and mentor sentences the next. I usually copy most, if not all, of my materials before the semester starts. I then punch and bind them using a gbc proclick binding machine (It is a time and life saver). If you need more details than this, you are more than welcome to email me at mrskmiller1331atgmaildotcom (written out to prevent loads of spam)

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  16. Where did your little pockets for your affirmation wall come from??

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    1. I created them using digital papers that I purchased from etsy and my silhouette cutting machine. However, I've seen lots of cute patterned pockets at the teacher supply stores and even online for approximately $5 for 30. I hope that helps. :)

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  17. I love this! You have inspired me to do something different for my urban middle school students. The lights really add "the extra something" to the room. Thank you! Natasha

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  18. Can you link to the lighting? Love it!

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    1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019A3SB30/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  19. This classroom is unreal. My students love mine because it has lots of different seating and lots of photos of them, but I have a loooong way to go to achieve this. Your students are lucky to have you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! It has taken me three years to get to this point. I just do a little bit at a time. Your students are lucky to have a teacher that works towards an environment that is inviting to them! Adding pictures of my students is something that is on my list of things to do. It's so important that they see themselves in the room; this makes the room theirs. I'm also working on making my room more interactive: white board tables, space to write on the windows, cork boards for ideas, and others.

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  20. What is your process for making all of the cute posters and lettering you have? I'm especially curious about the long poster with the 5 P's!

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    1. I change my dimensions in PowerPoint to be the size I need. Then, I design my poster and save it as a PDF. I open it in adobe reader and use the poster feature in the print dialogue box. When it prints, I trim it, piece it together, and laminate it. That's it. Hope it helps. :)

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    2. Great, thank you!!

      And one more question: How do you get your Bell Ringers to your students? Do you have a packet with all of the questions already there or do you have separate PowerPoints with questions for each day? I definitely want to get on board with doing a plan for each day. I love that organization and consistency.

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    3. I prep them at the beginning of each week. They aren't necessarily questions as much as they are daily assignments. The article of the week is an informational text response. Literary terms, on the other hand, are just notes in graphic organizer or foldable format for our notebook. So, instead of prepping questions, I'm prepping assignments. :)

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    1. I tell them, "sit where you like until I don't like where you sit." It just let's them know that if they act a fool, I reserve the right to assign seats. Also, to keep it organic, I sometimes ask them to sit somewhere where they haven't sat before. Every class is different, but this seems to work for me.

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  22. What method do you use to determine where your kids sit? Is it random, first come first served, Raffle?

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  23. Also do you have any pictures and or dimensions of your hightop table?

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    1. I don't right now. However, as I work in my classroom this summer, I'll be taking lots of pictures. I'll be sure to get some close ups of that one. My room looks way different than in these pictures. A lot can change in a year. :) Check back later this summer for updated info and pictures. :)

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  24. L-O-V-E Your Room! I'm almost afraid to ask, but I will: How much money have you spent getting your room this way? Have you discovered any grants or other types of resources that will cover any of the costs? Thanks! Debbie Hardwick

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    1. I can't give you an exact cost. However, there is a cost breakdown for my current arrangement of furniture in my recent flexible seating post. That's a great place to start getting an idea of costs. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email at thetealpaperclip@gmail.com

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  25. Your room is so awesome, I just can't look away! Love the black/teal color scheme.
    What an inspiration you are! I've ordered teal curtains and lanterns, and am searching the web for teal-colored baskets. Where did you find yours? Also, would you explain how you use the affirmation wall? Thank you so much!

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  26. Great classroom. I teach Life Skills for an alternative high school and have mostly couches, so love the feel of your space. Where did you get your darling shoe holder/cell phone station?

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    1. I bought it at walmart in the back to school, college section last year. They don't have the same exact ones this year, but they do have some of them.

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  27. It all looks very great! I love the flexible seating, but how will you get around that when students have to take tests? If they're all at tables together, how do you plan on stopping them from cheating?

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    1. For bigger assignments/tests I used project based assessment. For quizzes, I have enough room to spread them around the room because my classes are small. State mandated testing takes place as a whole grade level in our cafeteria.

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  28. Do you remember where you got the hanging paper things (ceiling)? If you mentioned it, I didn't see. Thanks.

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    1. The ball things? The ribbed ones came from michaels. The funky ones with all the rounded ends came from Walmart in the party section.

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