Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition: Behind the Scenes

Hi everyone!  We’ve
all been anxiously awaiting the reveal of the classroom makeover giveaway that
I’ve been promoting for the past few months, so I’ve decided to split the
reveal into 5 sections because so much went into this project, and I want to
show everyone the entire process!

Here are the dates of the blog posts:
  1. Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition: Behind the Scenes | August 6, 2016
  2. Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition: Traveling Crew | August 7, 2016
  3. Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition: GRAND Reveal | August 8, 2016
  4. Make Your Classroom First Day Ready | August 9, 2016
  5. The Importance of Classroom Climate | August 10, 2016


Okay, now let’s talk about what you’re REALLY here for! What
went into this classroom makeover?
First of all, the giveaway was a huge success—bringing in
more than 900 applicants!  I read every. single.
application.  I wanted to make sure the
winner of the $3000+ giveaway was the best fit for the contest, and Megan
certainly was!  I remember reading Megan’s
application and getting goose bumps.  I
immediately had my crew read her story and we all simultaneously agreed that
she was the one who deserved this the most!
Megan was so excited to be part of such a huge
giveaway!  The quick responses from her
administration, co-workers, and students made the process much easier than I
anticipated.  Within 24 hours, Megan sent
me pictures of her classroom as is.
Below, you’ll see those images and hopefully you can see how instantly,
my brain started creating a vision for the classroom’s new look.




So what exactly was the process?


1    The first purchase I made included new seating
for the classroom.  Megan’s current desks
didn’t allow for much wiggle room for her OR her students, so I knew I wanted
something that would open up the room a bit more and allow for collaboration
amongst the class.  I found these
incredible group desks and chairs from School Outfitters and they truly made the
biggest impact in the room.  Megan needed
a minimum of 36 seats for students, so that meant purchasing 9 group desks and
36 chairs.


           2. From there, I needed to pick a color
.  One morning, I was walking
around Target and of course, I ended up in the Dollar Spot.  I saw the bright colored bins in the picture
below, and instantly knew that I had picked the theme of the classroom.  I wanted to bring color to the room while
still making it high school appropriate—which meant neon colors mixed with
black was a perfect option! 


3    Once the theme was chosen, I spent many late
nights planning, drafting, and creating the design of the classroom.  I had 2 giant bulletin boards to fill and a
ton of blank space on the walls to make the room pop.  Every poster, bulletin board, and product in
the room that you’ll see, I created.  I
wanted there to be a lot of personal touches, so that’s what I did!
4    Every very high school English teacher dreams of
having unique seating in their room to inspire students to read independently
and fall in love with a book.  You know
what that means, right?  A trip to IKEA
was in store!  I went to IKEA with a vision
of creating a “Book Bistro” in a corner of Megan’s classroom.  I wanted it to have a coffee shop vibe with cozy
seating and a ton of books.  Below, you’ll
see the table and chairs I chose.


5    After I
had every inch of the space planned, all products created, and a million trips
to Office Max
completed, I was ready to focus on our trip to Minnesota.  I brought along with me some incredible
individuals who made this whole process possible.  Alicia from Miss S’s Supports, Jesse from the
school I taught at the past 4 years, and my mom are the true heroes here!  I wanted to thank them for all of their
efforts, so I surprised them with coffee mugs I designed and lunch boxes filled
with goodies! PS: you’ll get to meet these individuals in my next blog post!




6    We had everything planned, it was just time for
execution.  We loaded up the car and
began our journey from Ohio to Minnesota.
It was a lengthy 10 hours, but we had a blast laughing and getting to
know each other on a deeper level! Let me just tell you, though… My little Nissan Rogue was JAM packed!!! 



Tomorrow, you’ll get to meet my crew AND learn of all the
incredible Teachers pay Teachers sellers who donated to this giveaway!  On Monday, I’ll post pictures of the GRAND
reveal! Stay tuned!
Happy Saturday—


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Welcome! My name is Brittany Jeltema, also known as The SuperHERO Teacher, and I am a curriculum designer and classroom flipper. I have a strong passion for helping teachers reach as many students as possible through creativity, engagement, and empowerment!

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