When you brand your classroom, everything becomes more fun. Branding builds community because it makes your class feel more like a club.
My last name is Green. When I taught third grade, I branded my classroom G3 and created a logo with an interlocking G and 3. On the first day of school, I taught the kids how to do a class huddle and congratulate ourselves. (I say “Go, us!” and the kids reply “G3!” in their deepest and most macho voices.) We also created a logo that we proudly displayed on our door.
The picture at right shows the G3 version of the Roman testudo (tortoise) formation. This was our class’s entry into the Social Studies parade. Our curriculum included Greek and Roman history, so a testudo formation was right up our alley. The G3 posterboard shields look nice, don’t they?
The G3 brand belonged to everyone in the class. Students proudly decorated folders, notebooks and even backpacks. Our PTSO created signing shirts for end-of-year autographs, and the kids all wanted G3 on their shirt.
I knew a teacher whose classroom was in the basement, Room B-6. She renamed her classroom “The BOG” as wordplay on B-o6, then she used frogs as a theme for everything related to her class.
Another teacher chose ladybugs for a theme. She called her students “Lovebugs,” as in “Lovebug, could you have made a better choice than hitting Tommy?” Everything sounds sweet if you add “lovebug.”
I highly recommend that you create a brand for your classroom. It can be a play on your name or grade, the school name, or a theme that you can use to decorate the classroom. Make it unique so that it only applies to your class. The “insider” feeling will be well worth the effort.