Preparing For The New School Year

Beginning a new school year is always an exciting time for teachers and students. As a teacher I am always looking for ways to engage and inspire my students from the first day, setting them up with a positive attitude and mindset for the year ahead.

Designing a classroom that students feel welcomed in is a high priority. I want my students to feel comfortable to explore their wonderings and ideas and to be a place where they can learn from their failures and celebrate their successes.   

I love connecting and collaborating with educators from around the world. I am continually inspired by the wonderful teaching community that share their classroom design and resources on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. There are so many fantastic ideas on these platforms that teachers can use or adapt to suit their contexts.

Here are some of the resources that will feature in my 2018 Year 3 classroom;


Source: Instagram @miss.gortons.class
Cost: free

Birthday Box (present/gift)

Box – Ikea $4
Label – Adapted from @miss.gortons.class (free)
Coloured squares  – TeachersPayTeachers P4 Clips Trioriginals (free)
Total Cost: $4 (+ assorted items inside the box)

Classroom Banner

Source: Instagram @miss_fairclogh_
Cost: Free

Birthday Celebrations

Balloons (pack of 36) – Link Education $11.95
Straws – Kmart $2 (pack of 4)
Total Cost: $31.95


Source: Ikea
Cost: $10

Decorative Borders

Source: Link Education
Cost: $11.95 each


Source: Spotlight
Cost: $10 each

Decorative Light

Source: Kmart
Cost: $9

Bag Locker Labels

Source: Link Education
Cost: $16.95

Eleni Kyritsis is an award winning Year 3 Teacher and Leader of Curriculum & Innovation from Melbourne, Australia. Eleni facilitates professional learning workshops around the world that focus on unleashing creativity and curiosity in classrooms

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