New teachers understand the importance of creating a well-managed and welcoming classroom. They recognize that an effective classroom management plan is “the primary determinant of how well students will learn” (Wong et al., 2012). For new teachers, however, budgets may be thin, and they may wonder how to create an inviting classroom environment on such a limited budget. Consider the following ideas to save money while creating the classroom of your dreams.
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A beautifully furnished and impeccably decorated classroom, fully stocked with desired materials, only supplements the most important resource that comes free with your new classroom: you! Student learning begins and ends with your teaching practices, and student success can happen with or without everything that exists in your dream classroom.
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Dr. Clark is a former classroom teacher and K-5 Instructional Coach. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Education for Liberty University and an Adjunct Professor of Instructional Practice for Lipscomb University. In these roles, she works to prepare undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students for their careers in education.
Mrs. Hawks is a classroom teacher with experience teaching both second and fourth grades. She started her teaching career at a rural K–8 school in Franklin, Tennessee, where creating a dynamic classroom environment was crucial to engaging her students and cultivating their success.