I’ve been pondering over the idea of paying more attention to procedures and lesson plans than room decorations. I very much agree with this idea. My walls and bulletin board are usually pretty empty on the first day of school and they get filled up as the days progress.
However, I would not want to cause any teacher to feel guilty for putting time into how their classroom looks, if they are also putting time into procedures and lesson plans. I teach with a few good teachers who are using their “home-making” gifts in the classroom since they don’t have a household of their own they are responsible for. They are also well organized in procedures and lesson details. And as the one teacher said of herself, “If it’s not on the wall before school starts, it probably won’t happen after school starts.”
So to any new teacher, prepare your procedures, plan what and how you will teach, and then decorate according to your gifts – not according to how the teacher in the adjacent room has decorated. And if you don’t know where to begin with procedures and lessons, ask someone who does know. According to the Wongs in The First Days of School; good teachers beg, borrow, and steal ideas from other teachers.