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Introducing… The Teacher Friends Decor Line!

Its Finally Here!!  I decided to hustle and start getting these decor themes released a few weeks early for the Teachers Pay Teachers teacher appreciation sale last week.  They weren’t originally scheduled to come out until Memorial Day weekend, but what a better way to show my appreciation for teachers than to post the classroom decor that they have inspired?!

If you aren’t familiar with the story behind my Teacher Friends Decor I’ll give you a brief run down:

I am a digital paper hoarder… like for real, I have a problem.  I realized last fall that most of the papers in my collection reminded me in some way or another of the many amazing teachers that I have encountered in the teaching community (via periscope, blab, twitter and real life).  I decided to use these patterns to create classroom decor inspired by these individuals!  There is no rhyme or reason to who or what inspires this decor, its just whatever gets my creative juices flowing!

Without further delay… here are the first few Teacher Friends Classroom Decor pacs!!

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Stay tuned for many more!

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Custom What?

Well hello there friends!  Its been a few weeks since I last wrote to you.  In my last post I wrote about my excitement for 2016 and all the new changes it was going to bring.  The past few weeks have been a whirlwind while I’ve tried to channel my excitement into productivity and get things underway… while still working full time and managing a family and household… #ImTired haha.

One of the first changes that you may have noticed is somewhat of a rebranding.  Though I can’t say that I have fully departed from my Teacher + Mother + Wife= Life brand, I did try to become more cohesive across the board.  As my good friends Ash and Jess would insist, consistency is best when it comes to branding.  Therefore I am now going by my name, because that is what the majority of  you know me as (“Nagorski”).

My next, and biggest exciting change was deciding to fully embrace my love for creating classroom decor.  I am really excited about this, and I hope that you will be too!  I have decided to launch on this website the ability for people to request custom classroom decor designs.  My goal is to provide unique classroom decor that is tailored to your personality and needs, at an affordable price. I envision you pairing my decor with your own amazing bin and border finds to create the classroom of your dreams.  I’ve tried to make the process as streamlined and easy as possible for you through the use of Paypal and Google Forms and of course email 🙂

Thus far it has been tremendously exciting- I am already working on my first two custom orders!  Here is a sneak peak of one:

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Lauren, a teacher in Australia has requested an “old school arcade” themed decor pack.  So far we are both in love with the design (my husband also now thinks I’m pretty cool haha)- I can’t wait for it to be finished!  If you love it as well no worries… I will also add a version to my Teachers Pay Teachers store for you to grab when I am done.

Speaking of Teachers pay Teachers, I am also in the process of creating a new decor line entitled “Teacher Friends”.  I have posted a preview of my first theme in this line called “The Happy Sheila”.  Remind you of anyone??  Make sure you sign up for my newsletter below Arrow 4 so that you are the first to know about this decor line inspired by all my fabulous teacher friends… you might just be one of the friends featured!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement as I embark on this leg of the journey.  I can not wait for all the excitement that this summer is sure to have in store as everyone heads back to school in their newly decorated classrooms!

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Classroom Reveal!

Hello!  Well here we are- I’m headed into the 3rd week of school, and have been meaning to do this for quite some time.  Setting up and getting ready for the beginning of school was a labor of love this year, accompanied by packing my house and getting ready to move.  I apologize for the delay and the somewhat poor quality of the pics, but I am finally ready to show you the place I am calling home this year!  Enjoy 🙂
This is the view as you enter my door.  We will soon be filling up the walls and boards with student items!  #stillnotlovingtheblue
 We have a beachy theme this year.  My 7yr old suggested I hang this fishing net on the door 😉  I’m thinking of putting their names or something else spectacular on here.
As you look to the right you have my small group table (not shown), student work display and my desk!

Here is the front of the room.  My easel does not stay there, I move it based on our needs but usually its blocking my desk.  This is the front of our room!

Front of the room/ whole group area
These two bulletin boards will eventually be focus walls for math and language arts… I think.

Our classroom library

Leveled book tubs in our classroom library

I’m hoping this will house some technology…. but if it doesn’t, it will be our writing center (paper cutter will not be there lol)
This shelf houses our math manipulatives

This is how I plan for a month at a time- I put all the resources/ copies that I will need for the week in each tub!

Well, that’s it for now!  It is certainly still a work in progress, but it has come a long long way.  Stay tuned for updates!

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#TptChat Classroom Decor

Every Sunday I participate in the Twitter chat #tptchat.  I discovered it about a month ago and haven’t looked back!  If you have yet to try it, I highly recommend stopping by to see all the action 🙂

This Sunday’s topic is classroom decor, a topic that has pretty much consumed my summer and of course I have plans this evening 🙁 So since I’m not sure how much I will be able to participate live in the chat, I thought I would also do a blog post about it!  
As you may or may not know I am moving into a new classroom this year (only the 5th year in a row, no biggie) which is all good except for one major thing… the color of my room.  Not joking, it is the color of the bird in the graphic above on all 4 walls and just as bright- you can see before photos here. It doesn’t look SO terrible in pics… but in real life it is a different story.  Now let me just say, I am all for bright colors in the elementary classroom as long as its done right.  I prefer bright pops of color or accents and more subtle walls.  I desperately wanted to repaint the walls this year, but summer school was held in my wing, so that wasn’t going to happen.  So I’ve spent the summer stressing about how to make this the ideal environment for both me and my learners.
My ideal learning space is one that students feel comfortable in.  I like to try and make it more “homey” than institutional.  While I have a highly structured environment, I strive to create a space where the students can move around, access materials easily, collaborate and have fun.  As we all know, this is much easier said than done and I am nowhere near perfect 🙂 
So here is my room last Thursday, just minutes after summer school ended (I was very eager to get in there and get to work!)

 Here is a peek into “the tub” that is currently residing in my dining room…  I think you can get a feel for what I’m going for this year!
These prints were given to me as a gift after my daughter was born.  They were in her nursery 🙂  They will look perfect in my classroom- and I will love looking at them again!
This was also her lamp… I’m going to see if it works and fits in with my color scheme!

One major problem right now is that the other teacher’s belongings are still in here… so I can’t get much done until they relocate to a new home 🙁 🙁 all 42 boxes of it.
So this is what I’ve been able to do so far (warning, its not much!)  
I put up two bulletin boards… although I’m still not sure what I’ll be using them for, and got my classroom library spot picked out.  Now I just need more shelving :-/  (my room last year had built in bookshelves)
Moved my desk… last year I chose not to have a desk, and set my computer on a table instead.  That table did not make it to my new room so I’m just going to deal with it this year (I’m already making a big enough stink about the boxes).  I’m wondering why I seem to have a plethora of grown up chairs…

This is my tentative small group area… not sure though.  It was going to be the classroom library… but from past experiences I’d rather have me closer to the door and the library further away (I’ve had a runner or two in my day)

I have spent the majority of the summer creating classroom decor that I may want to use in my room. After many hours of creation I decided on this set:
 I love the patterns of chevron, polka dots, quatrefoil etc. and all the colors.  I think they will help create a more soothing effect while still incorporate the wall color in the room.

Another set that I created (and I LOVE) has been widely popular on my TPT is my “Into the Woods” collection:

Over the years I have purchased a few classroom decor items, mainly word wall or classroom labels.  This year I thought I’d try my hand at creating my own visions and I have to say it was a little addicting!  There are so many wonderful options for papers/ clip art out there that the possibilities are endless!  I just can’t wait to get in my room and get it all put together.
Make sure you tune into #tptchat tonight on Twitter for more details, and if you can’t stop by for the live action search the hashtag!  Happy decorating! 🙂