While the public perception is that teachers have it nice and easy over the summer, we know the truth. Teachers spend a lot of their so-called “summers off” lugging boxes, planning lessons, and prepping their rooms for next year. If these classroom setup photos aren’t proof that teachers should be paid more, I don’t know what is.

They take planning seriously.

Image of Teacher To Do list from teacher blog PlanReadTeach

Source: PlanReadTeach

Very seriously.

Drawing of Classroom Layout from Teacher Blog MskWelch

Source: MsKWelch

While you’re at the beach, they’re writing the same 30 names on literally everything.

Instagram photo of popsicle sticks with student names

Source: HappyHeartsin1st

And we can’t forget the labels. So many labels.

Source: HappyHeartsin1st-Labels

They drive to every Dollar Spot in town to get 20 matching bins.

Teacher: "My library has grown so much I had to get new book bins!"

Source: Book Bins

And they’re masters of the hot glue gun (which they probably brought from home).

Teacher: I use hot glue to stick my labels onto my book tubs.

Source: ThePrimaryPal

They cover up ugly filing cabinets to make their classrooms nicer places to be.

Teacher covering filing cabinets in brightly colored contact pa

Source: Pocketbobbit

They’re basically Pinterest royalty.

Brightly colored classroom desk.

Source: Rainbowwishabe

 

With a touch of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Teacher shares her classroom gallery wall.

Even their classroom doors are amazing.

Back to School Classroom Doors

Sources: 65 Awesome Back-to-School Doors

Not to mention their desks.

Teacher: Sneak peak of my teacher desk space. I feel so at home!

Source: MrsMcCormicksClass

We should pay teachers more because they enlist their family members in setting up their classrooms.

Source: ThirdGradeFairyTale

And because they raid sales for their students.

Teacher shopping for stuffed animal

Source: krissyrusso

They think of everything their students will need, right down to the last detail.

2nd grade desk on the first day of school with everything ready and labeled for student.

Source: The Responsive Teacher

They make sure every kid is ready to succeed.

School supplies stacked on every desk ready for students on the first day of school.

Source: MrsMontalvo718

 

Some are downright magical, in fact.

Teacher : I can’t wait to welcome my students to another year at #hogwarts Using my Harry Potter Classroom

Source: GiftedTeacher305

They literally set up pretend campfires in their classrooms.

Teacher shares campfire and cam

Source:AngDixon

And do their best to make their classrooms feel like home.

Homey classroom with flexible classroom set-up at back to school.

Source: Katie’sClassWithSass

Everyone knows how hard teachers work.

Welcome message for back to school.

And they deal with this chaos year after year.

Source: MelzieWoo 

And they do it with a sense of humor and endless love and passion for their jobs.

Educator in unicorn onesie working hard at her desk.

Source: Headlands Prep

This kind of handwriting takes work.

Beautiful chalk sign that reads Welcome to Second Grade

Source: Teaching in a Small Town

And this much flair takes moolah.

Beautiful classroom library reading corner with bookshelves and beanbag chairs.

Source: Miss Rose and Her Petals

A teacher’s classroom is their castle, but very few of them are as rich as kings.

Castle or Harry Potter themed classroom with knight in armor.

Source: Summers and Sixth

Basically, we should pay teachers more because they know the magic of a #beforeandafter.

Before and After photos of classroom setup. Before is bare desks, After is a decorated classroom.

And most of them are paying for it out of their own pockets.

Meme: Teachers on their way to school with everythingthey bought at Target and Dollar Tree.

Source: Primary with Ms P.

TRUTH.

Classroom Setup Photos mg flip com

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These Classroom Setup Photos Are Proof Teachers Should Be Paid More