Sparking Motivation: Ceiling Tiles - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sparking Motivation: Ceiling Tiles

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I'm linking up with my BBB Joanne to share something my kids beg for every year!
My third year of teaching, my room mom made me a fabulous end of the year gift:
All of the kids helped paint a ceiling tile! The tiles come right out of the ceiling, and go right back up very easily. She just asked the custodian for a blank one to paint! (Notice I only had 17 kids that year... boy that was the life. Class sizes are up to 28 and more now. SAD!)

Every year since then, either my room mom or I had my kids paint a ceiling tile. I moved to third grade, then fourth grade, and every time I moved rooms or schools, the ceiling tiles went with me!

All year, my kids have asked me if they were going to get to paint a tile, too. They admire them all the time! So last week, we made this year's tile! As you've probably seen, my room has a beach theme so we made a fun beachy tile!
We use acrylic paint, and I actually just traced die-cut shells and fish for them to paint. I hand-painted the crab (which I was pretty proud of, I must say!) They were soooo excited to see it in the ceiling with the rest of the tiles!
This is a very easy thing to do, and it is a great way to "keep" your classes with you forever! :o)


  1. What a meaningful thing!! Our eighth graders paint ceiling tiles in art class for teachers who want them, but I'm too much of a control freak to let them touch mine! LOL

  2. This is the BEST IDEA EVER!! Why didn't you tell me about this 17 years ago???? How can I catch up-I HAVE to do this! I can at least get my kids from last year to do it before they leave for middle school. I wonder how my principal would feel about this...Are all the ceiling tiles standard size (so they can be switched from school to school?). Thanks for sharing and linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Ahhhh I want to do this! LOVE it & your cute crab!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  4. Such a very, very cool idea! I wish I could do this at my school...

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. VERY cool idea! I think I could do this - this year even! Perfect activity with 7 days left!

  6. I am getting ready to move from fourth to second and this would be a great way to celebrate the end of an era! Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

  7. Love this idea - what a great way to personalize your classroom and motivate your students. I agree with Joanne - how am I going to catch up - I have about 4 classes still at my school - is it wrong to drag them back to make them do this for me : )
    Perhaps a new tradition for the new school : )

  8. What a fantastic idea!! I wish I could go back in time, too, Joanne! Since I can't, I'm liking the new school, new tradition idea since this is my first year at my current school. Off to buy paint tomorrow since we only have 9 days left of school! :)

  9. Great idea! I love, love, love it!!!

    Mind Sparks

  10. WHAAAAAAAAT? This is AWESOMENESS. I'm going to go check to see if I have ceiling tiles in the morning. Surely I do...yes??? I'll paint the ceiling even if it doesn't have tiles....unless the fire marshal is around the corner....
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  11. This is a great idea! I'm with everyone, I wish I could go back in time and paint all my years with all my kiddos. I will try to start this next year. Very cool. - Amanda


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