Since Black History Month is this month (and is very important to the students and staff at my school), we combined it with National Entrepreneurship Week (February 15-19th) this year. Due to the fact that we are a school of Entrepreneurship, we spend a lot of time looking at what Entrepreneurship is and how our students can become entrepreneurs. This year, our awesome Entrepreneurship Coach came up with the idea of having a door decorating contest featuring black history and black entrepreneurs.
Because I am the writing teacher, I chose a famous African American writer to put on my door. Maya Angelou was an easy choice for me because I love her writing and I expose my students to it any chance I get. This project was also super easy for me because I love to get creative in the classroom. I tried to keep it pretty simple with decorating, starting with covering the door with black butcher paper and putting a nice border on.
Once I covered the door, the ideas started coming quickly. Since I am a love of quotes (again… writing teacher), I decided to write out different Maya Angelou quotes and glue them up all over the door. I also included my favorite poem of hers, “Still I Rise,” and a photo of her. Overall I am pretty happy with the finished product and I love that I can have something meaningful on my door for the students to look at as they pass by.