Shepherd's Shining Stars are College Bound

I have finally come up with a classroom theme for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year!

Shepherd's Shining Stars are College Bound

Today I emailed all the major universities in Louisiana telling them of my class theme, and asking if they could help out by sending me information on their college and any memorabilia that I could use for class decor. So far, I have had one university, Tulane University where I cheered for one year in college, contact me replying that they are sending me 2 pennants, 2 bumper stickers, a magnet and brochures containing information about the college.

I plan to designate a college dream wall in my classroom, inspired by Mrs. Renz. This wall will contain   a poster stating "Which college will YOU go to?" and then I'll place underneath it all the great goodies I get from the colleges.

Here's a look at Mrs. Renz's wall, were I found my inspiration.

Tonight I mentioned my class theme on Twitter and a great colleague and friend of mine @plnaugle suggested that I set up Skype calls with the counselors. What a great idea!

This past school year my student teacher, Mrs. Ahmad, organized a field trip for my 4th graders to the University of New Orleans, where I also cheered for two years of my college career. You can read about the field trip here! The students had a great time and all of them are really thinking about their future.

I plan to write a grant for this coming school year and organize a field trip for all 4th graders, 130 students, to attend a field trip to UNO. I estimate it to cost about $1,000.

What is your classroom theme for this school year?


  1. That sounds great Mrs. Shepherd. I can't wait to hear more.

    Faten Ahmad

  2. It does sound like a great theme. Bravo!!!

  3. I LOVE that idea! That sounds so inspiring! Are you thinking of including any technical colleges? We are blessed to have a lot of really great ones nearby. I have started working a writing unit about researching colleges and choosing which one they'd like to attend. I've been tweaking it for a while. It's time for me to get in gear and finish it! Thank you for this post :)

  4. What a super idea. I think I might do this in the hall where all students will see it. Thanks for mentioning Mrs. Renz's site. I used a lot of her ideas when I first started my class web site and I see she has more interesting ideas.


    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  5. That is great theme! I love my owls, but your theme has meaning. Awesome!! I can't wait to see your wall when everything is up.

    The Teaching Thief

  6. Oh my Heck! I am going to have to share this with my friend. She teaches 5th and is trying to inspire her students to think about their future and to care about the work they do.
    Thank you!
    Where Seconds Count


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