Last year I had my first go at setting up a professional development room for teachers. It turned out to be an enjoyable space for teachers to work and learn in and has since been lovingly named the PD Pad. Given a new fire code put in place by the district (only 20% of walls are allowed to be covered with paper), I had to get creative with how to set-up the space this year. I used sheet metal, clipboards, chalkboards, and creatively arranged fabric to bring color and style into the room while still keeping the fire marshal happy. Check it out!
View from the back of the room
View from the front of the room
I used a piece of sheet metal from Home Depot ($15 and fireproof!) and chalkboard paint to create the background for this documentation panel and the one below.
Our Work Plan targets for the year
I used small chalks boards and bistro chalk from Hobby Lobby to display our school's Habits of Work and Learning.
I covered plain clipboards with decorative paper, attached our design principles, and spread them out a bit when hanging to create the illusion of a larger display space without having to use paper.
It's amazing what a few fabric scraps and fabric glue can do for a bare window!
I added a few colored flowers (turned into pens) to the pencil holders on the center of each table for a pop of functional color.
I laminated our five "Habits" and adhered them to the front of each table's pencil bin.
Books for guided reading are available for teachers to check-out.
I asked our principal for subscriptions to a few different educational magazines. These as well as professional books (to the left) are available for teachers to look through or check-out.
A comfy space for teachers to sit and peruse through the latest read-alouds.
A few parts of the room which haven’t changed include our “Cafe” area, “All About Me” teacher cards, and teacher magnets to check-in with at the start of PD.