I spent a LOT of time on decorating my classroom this summer. I made sure to tie everything together this year with a pre-teen/early teen color scheme. I think it's really important that teachers try to make their classroom a place where the kids want to be.
A few easy things I do to try to get this atmosphere is hardly ever turning on the lights. I am lucky to have two huge windows (that I've covered with IKEA curtains), but I've also placed lamps and Christmas lights around the room to provide enough light during the day. I also have a Scentsy on pretty much all the time, everyday to get rid of the middle school stink. What do you do to make your room special?