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Help... The teacher next to me beat me to my theme!
Old 07-23-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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My plan was to follow the trend and do an owl theme in my Pre-k classroom this year. I went out and bought a bunch of supplies and did a lot of planning so of course when I get to school today I found out the teacher next to me is doing the same theme! Since she had already started setting up her classroom she gets to keep the theme. This leaves me less than two weeks to come up with a new creative idea. Any suggestions would be wonderful....


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Question???
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Is there a rule that says 2 on a team CAN'T have the same theme?

If not, then keep it and don't stress.

If there is such a rule or having a different theme would make you more comfortable, how about expanding it to forest/backyard/camping.

The owl decor you have would work and you could include tents or a treehouse or other woodland animals.

Best wishes.
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Camping...
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is an excellent idea!

We did a camping theme one year. We were called Camp WannaLearnaLot.
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I agree. Maybe you both can share ideas and show great team work! Our team is going to do a beach theme...so 4 of us will have the same theme in the hallway.
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I would be pissed
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Oh my this is my worst nightmare, coming to school after planning all summer and another teacher having my same theme. I totally feel your pain. Then u look like a copy cat. I like the other idea to make your owls theme a little different by adding calling or focus on colors. Hope this helps. Sorry


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Keep the owls
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I think you should use the owl theme if that is what you planned on doing and have already bought owl stuff. Maybe you could focus on colors she didn't use. I would just be honest and speak to the teacher and tell her how excited you are about decorating your room using the stuff you already bought. I doubt your room would be exactly alike in all ways. In fact there will be classrooms all over the U.S. that have an owl theme. Good luck!
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I agree - keep your owl theme. It's okay if both of you have the same theme. It's not a competition - it's to make your classroom a comfortable place for your students. It shouldn't matter if yours is like hers.

After doing a jungle theme for several years, another teacher on my team wanted to do monkeys (which mine includes a lot of). She asked me first, but I was totally fine with it!

I'd just go to her and say, "Wow! Great minds think alike! I bought owl themed materials this summer, also."
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Keep your theme
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I would keep your theme and not be worried about feeling like a copy cat. I am assuming that you are both adults who can be grown up enough to share a theme. Unless you both have exactly the same furniture and decorations the rooms will look different. Parents may think that you are collaborating teachers. If the other teacher or another comments simply say Great Minds Think Alike or blame it on the cute Carson-Dellosa magazine cover. I am not sure if I would be pissed about it. Good Luck.
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Owls are very popular this year!
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I've noticed that owls are very popular this year! I have a friend in kinder who'll be doing owls! I'm still deciding to either do a theme (garden b/c it goes with the first letter of my last name) or just colors (thinking CTP's Dots on Chocolate).
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owls are for everyone
Old 07-24-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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Owls are very popular and a classic school theme. Keep your owls and have fun. Your room will reflect your personality.


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same grade level?
Old 07-25-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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Especially if she is the same grade level...go for it! My first four years with my camping theme the other first grade teacher did it as well. (We had a set of twins and she wanted to be as close to each other as possible and it carried on). I don't think it would be too cool to have the same theme at another grade level though!

I hope you get it all figured out! But again, I say go for it.

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share a theme
Old 07-25-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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The teacher next door to me and I share a wall that's between us and have the exact same theme. We combine our student work and craft activities into one giant bulletin board that is the best in the school. We plan it that way. Perhaps this would be an option for you. We get tons of compliments on our collaboration.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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One of co-workers and I have the same theme this year. We always think along the same lines. After speaking to her last week we realized that we both were doing monkeys. She is focusing on the jungle theme with monkeys and I am doing a cool color scheme and monkeys. We are on the same hall and it will work out. Go ahead and do owls and enjoy your room.
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Go for it....
Old 07-27-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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My team decided to do a western team one year....Some did more than others, but it was fun sharing ideas and making things...I worked with an amazing team and we really worked well together.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Same thing happened to me. I did change my theme. I think the owl theme is great though.
Do what will make you feel most comfortable.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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The owl theme is popular this. Year, don't see no reason why both of you can't use it, am stuck with my frog theme.. Am good at planning but this theme is kicking my butt, my K4 Will love the idea of everything froggy but my mind is blank. Bought a whole lot of bean/ stuff frog from goodwill...
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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I am doing a Frog Pond with insects and incorporating polka dots since ladybugs and frogs have spots on them. My colors are green, chocolate, yellow, and blue. Not too overwhelming, but just enough to keep it pleasant.
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