Tefl Tips – Wrapping Paper Backgrounds

Have you ever googled ‘online teaching classrooms‘?

Wow!

The creativity, time and effort put into many of them is nothing short of inspiring. Sticker charts, prop boxes, creative backgrounds – I’d love to be a student in one of those teacher’s lessons.

I think most online teachers would agree that a good classroom can really enhance the learning experience and create a more enjoyable lesson for both the student and the teacher.

However, not all teachers have the luxury of space, money or educational resources to compete with some of the online ESL titans on google.

Don’t fear!

I’m here to help you out with a simple tip that will enable you to create the illusion of a 5 star classroom, without costing an arm and a leg!

WRAPPING PAPER

Yes, just wrapping paper. Simple.

Wrapping paper is….

  • Cheap
  • Easy to find
  • Available in millions of options
  • Portable
  • Easy to put-up & replace
  • Changeable to suit the class type, season, student
  • Simple to cut & fit

I travel a lot! As an online ESL teacher, I have found that wrapping paper is the best thing to carry because it’s light and requires hardly any space. It’s also quick and easy to pin up in airbnb’s & hotel rooms.

I also stick to a wrapping paper background when I’m in a fixed location because even a small amount, with the right placement, can give the illusion of a grand classroom with hours of effort put into it.

So, when it doubt, chuck some wrapping paper up on the wall and brighten up your lessons!

How do you normally decorate your online ESL classroom?

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