It's not all superficial, of course! I blogged about a few of the key phrases I have hung on the walls over here on an inquiry blog I'm contributing to with a group of teachers. It was really important to me to develop key phrases that students will hear throughout the year. I'm still debating a couple of things with my writing criteria but, overall, I feel like I have a clear picture of how I will assess and I want students to be comfortable with these. I probably spent more time thinking about the phrases I will use than I did decorating, but the classroom makeover was still a lot of fun!
I don't like having an enormous "teacher throne" area in a classroom, but I decided to keep a side table next to my desk as it might become a handy place to conference with students or have them work away from their desk groups.