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Old 12-02-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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I just found out we are having a Christmas door decorating contest. I am not into decorating anyway, and we have 15 more school days until final exams (semester scheduling, high school.) There is no way in heck that I can afford to take any class time this close to exams to decorate my door. We all know how long that kind of stuff takes--this is not just 15 minutes. It is supposed to be done with the involvement of students and the winning class will get a prize. I am going to offer the opportunity to my homeroom, but I doubt if any one them care enough to do it, and they wouldn't have enough time to get it done in homeroom anyway. I do have some students in one of my actual classes who would enjoy doing it, but again, I can't let them miss instruction and practice for that.

I am resentful because if I don't participate I will look like a Grinch, but why should I have to defend student learning time? I also feel annoyed because maybe I am being Grinchlike and need to lighten up.

ps this is not a mandate from the administration but something someone in a non-teaching position decided.


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That you are not the only one who feels this way? I, for one, certainly don't think you are!

Who on earth has that much control over what is done that is in a non teaching position? I would be tempted to tell them that they could decorate the door themselves since they thought it was such a great idea!

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That's one thing we don't have to worry about. Nothing on the door allowed. Fire code violation. They're strict on the fire code!
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Is there a way two students could eat their lunch while putting the bare minimum on the door? Even some dollar store stuff with some tape? Paper doilies for snowflakes?

There will he some doors that look like Pinterest puked on them, but I would do the BARE minimum to keep off the radar screen.

We get nonsense like this all the time. For some reason my administration remembers who didn't do what.
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Old 12-02-2015, 06:57 PM
 
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I hear you! We have the same thing going, and we were just given a deadline of Monday to do it. Found that out on Sunday. Makes it really hard when you have a set schedule and deadlines to make.

You should see what some of the classrooms with teaching asistants have come up with. No way can a teacher with no assistance even compete!

Last year I did not participate. I got a parent to get an idea together and do my door. I spent some time over the summer looking and found an idea that I liked. Share my two ideas with my kids today and then as I was telling them that they might have to do their part as homework, I got an idea of how to work it into standards that we are actually working on this next week. Hopefully I can work that out. But I hear what you are saying. I spent three hours this afternoon putting my door together and then tonight (and my panning tomorrow) putting togehter the materials for the kids to do their parts. Ridiculous when it has next to no educational content (and part of my evaluation is based on test scores.)

It isn't morale raising at all. It is a time sucker that doesn't pay off in the end. I hope my kids one day and remember it fondly (although I don't see that happening.)


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Could you just hand out a piece of white paper and some scissors to the "early arrivals" at the beginning of class and have the students cut out snowflakes until class starts. Let a couple others cut out circles for snowmen. Hang on the door and its a "Winter Wonderland" (maybe not great, but done in a short amount of time.)
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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If you cut the green paper to the exact size--this shouldn't take too long to create--each student could have a part in the lettering--if you draw the hand and ornament, saves student time, others could color it. (It is 'Grinchlike" ) OR just post the Grinch hand and ornament!
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:52 PM
 
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Surprised such a contest is allowed.
Fire Code and the Fire Chief/Fire Marshall wouldn't allow it.
It does make sense. It is dangerous to cover the exit to a classroom with flammable material.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:02 PM
 
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It would be hard with high school kids. I have done one, but it doesn't "involve" the kids aside from their pictures. I do a take on "Twas the night before Christmas" I take each kid's picture as they pretend to sleep. This year I had a parent decorate it for me. It turns out cute, but is time consuming for the person putting it up.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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I taught in an open pod school. No doors. Problem solved.
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If you don't want to do it, don't. It's your choice.

Doesn't mean you are grinch-like. It just means you don't follow the crowd. You don't go against what you believe is right (student learning comes first).

I no longer bow to "peer" pressure when it comes to teaching/my students. I know what is best for them and for my classroom.

If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't do it. Nor would I say a word about it as to whether or why I did/didn't participate. It's really no one's business but my own.

I love getting older! No more doing what others want me to do. I do my own thing!
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:18 PM
 
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Here's an idea for you if you don't think you can skip it:

Cover your door with green paper. Pass out a piece of red paper with a large ornament shape on it. Get the kids to do one review question on the paper, cut it out and tape it to the door on their way out. Done. Who cares if you don't win? They reviewed. They decorated.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:51 AM
 
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Another quick, easy idea. Cover the door with blue paper. Have some of those artsy, crafty girls or a whole class if you have one that will do it make snowflakes out of coffee filters. You just fold the filter in half several times, cut shapes, and you have a snowflake! My second graders do it. You could also title it winter wonderland. Just an idea- take it or leave it. By the way, I really hate stuff like that, too!!
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:21 AM
 
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I'm shocked that a door decorating contest is allowed. It violates fire safety standards. Not all students celebrate Christmas, and I'm not sure it is respectful to them.

I wouldn't participate in that activity, and there is no need to feel guilty about it.
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Door Decoration
Old 12-03-2015, 04:38 AM
 
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Pinterest has a very simple way to make your door look like a snowman. I will try to attach the picture. If I cannot, check out Pinterest. Good luck!
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try this
Old 12-03-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Put some ribbon on the door to make it look like a package. On the tag put Do not open until all tests are done!
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Knowing me, I just wouldn't participate. While we don't have door decorating I don't participate in some things we do have. It might seem Grinch-like but those who know me would know it's not. I do a lot of neat things and community building within my classroom. My students love school (and me) and I have a life outside of school.
Are high schoolers even interested in decorating a door anyways? Who pays for the supplies?

Would you be the only one?

Our student council (elementary school) advisors (teachers) have so many dress up days on the calendar this year and they are mid week. I don't participate because it gets the kids too amped up. And I just don't feel comfortable wearing my pajamas to school. Doesn't seem right!
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Are all your students Christmas observers?
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Does everyone in your classroom community celebrate Christmas? I also see your other points. Placing things on a door kind of "labels" the inhabitants of the classroom as all doing the same thing. We are allowed to put up some generic holiday decorations as long as all students' backgrounds are represented.
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Great ideas--thank you all. If I need to do it I will use one of those ideas.

I am still undecided. I try to fly under the radar so I will do it if i feel like I need to have admins not pay attention to me.

To answer some questions.
my school is probably 99.5% Christian and all of the students in my classes celebrate Christmas.
It is a specialist who decided to do this.
My students will probably not be interested in doing this.
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When I taught gen ed my school did the door decorating contest thing for every holiday. We weren't allowed to have any holiday parties because they "wasted instructional time" but we were required to spend time decorating the door all of the time! I didn't spend a second of my own time on it- what a waste! I put out plain paper and construction paper and let students make whatever they wanted with their crayons/scissors/glue. I did this the last 15 minutes of the day so there was a definite end time and no whining that they wanted to keep going. Whatever they had finished, I taped onto the door with a few student helpers right then and there. Of course it didn't look as nice as the obviously teacher-created doors or the ones where the teacher had done hours of prep and had the students just cut or color something, but IMO it was better anyway because it was truly the students' creation.
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Rolling my eyes.
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"Not a mandate" what you mean is not an official mandate, but you know as well as I do, they will give the looks and the you are not being a team mate attitude.

You know you are not going to win anyway. Go to the dollar tree buy some letters and some holiday wrapping paper if you want to get "fancy." Give a set of student a set of letters to form the expression happy holidays and ho ho ho.
While other students make a snowflake each. Have you glue gone ready and your door will be done in 5 to ten minutes. Just find a snowflake pattern online make copies and have them cut those instead, it will go even faster like copy and paste.

Then stay in the hall during class change and make sure to give credit to all the fantastic work and effort your students put on this project. There is no other door like it nope.
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Why not let them know if they want to do it after school or before they are welcome on x day otherwise don't worry about it.
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Simple and quick...
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Black paper, one red circle pasted on.

"Rudolph in the Dark".
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just what PP said...Click image for larger version

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I just saw one on Facebook with a big arrow pointing at the decorated door of the next classroom that says "Ditto." I've also seen a teacher put "Bah-Humbug!" across their door.
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Another easy idea
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White paper on the door with a red dot in the middle. Words "Rudolph in a Blizzard"


BOOM. Done.
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Christmas Door
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Here's a very easy but most effective Christmas door theme that relies on strong color and a universal wish.. can't imagine this would offend anyone.
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Great response's, but I have a mandate to participate and we have been teamed up according to our room assignment. I work the 11th grade at a private alternative school for special needs kids. We have been given the theme of "12 Days of Christmas" and my room is the 7th day, "Seven Swans a Swimming". Aside from covering door with blue paper, having kids cut out swans to decorate with their x-mas best and throwing in a some additional x-mas themes, maybe a tree, I am at a loss. All ideas would be appreciated. It kind of sucks cause I have 8 kids. One is Jewish though, so it might work out if he prefers creating a Menorah.

Happy Holidays!
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You could do a Google search for "7 swans a swimming" cards or designs for inspiration.

There's a fun one here:
http://vecto.rs/design/cartoon-vecto...leishman-32623

Others I saw:
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