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4 Ways to Add a Little Extra Warmth and Joy to Your Classroom Space

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With the temperatures dropping and the holidays approaching, many teachers are looking for ways to add a little extra warmth to our classroom spaces. With that in mind, I’ve collected a few gems of inspiration from some clever teacher Instagrammers. Scroll for some major (yet still attainable) #classroomgoals.

1. All hail the YouTube fireplace.

Simply fire up this trusty YouTube video, and get ready for instant warmth and ambiance. It’s almost as good as the real thing.

Ahhh, fall-time ambiance. #youtubefireplace

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Pro tech tip: Use the extended display feature on your computer to display the fireplace video on your projector screen while maintaining full functionality of your computer monitor. Right mouse click on your desktop and select Display Settings. Scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Extend These Displays. To move the video to your projector screen, drag it to the edge of your screen and it’ll cross over.

2. A little lighting can go a long way.

Fluorescent lighting can be a bit much sometimes. A well-placed lamp can make a big difference in the overall vibe of your classroom.Β Add in some string lights for an even cozier feel.

3. Classroom stage, anyone?

While not necessarily a quick-and-easy addition, I’m loving how these classroom stages (and those lights!) give students a celebratory platform to showcase their work. Now who wants to build me one of these?

4. Lit(erary) holiday decor

My English teacher heart can’t stop swooning over these book trees.

Happy Holidays from my classroom to yours! πŸŽ„βœ¨

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How do you add comfort and joy to your classroom space?


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