Whatever you may need to make your displays!Classroom displays cfgs good practice guide compiled by @Slatrs_classics including tips shared by me.
What to do:
Are displays to display great work? Or demonstrate levelled/graded work? Or to show off teachers/students creativity? Or, should they only exist to aid learning? Motivate? Enthuse? OR, all of them together?
It is important to remember that learning displays/working walls should be…
- Added to over a series of lessons
- Frequently changed to remain current
- Age related/Reading age specific
- Acknowledge the great work students are doing
- Reffered to and used in teaching
- Acknowledge effort of students
- Teaching aids
- Sources of information- promoting independent learning
- Aid social cohesion
- Create aspirations and ambition for the subject
Below are a selection of displays that you can be inspired by to help you create your perfect learning environment.
One important note- Make sure your displays can be seen/read from where the students sit!
Students rarely walk up and place their nose to the display in order to read the small fonts/images we often place on our walls!
Be creative, but remember to consider the size of the font, colour and type of font!
A video clip I made a while back showing some examples of classrooms displays.
Click on the links below to be taken to some fab displays I have come across on Twitter!
— Fernwood School D&T (@FernwoodDT) March 10, 2015
— ExplainingMaths.com (@ExplainingMaths) June 17, 2015
— Jennifer Wilson (@JenJayneWilson) June 17, 2015
By @Lovelearning84A world war 2 display board by https://twitter.com/lauren_lsm
A year 11 revision wall by https://twitter.com/mrprcollins
Ensure your displays have a simple/block background colour to make the font stands out. Make sure the text is large enough to read!
Be creative with your space- use the ceiling?
Add examples of the words being used in work
Displays don’t need to be super creative. Clear and accurate work just as well!
Lots of colour and opportunities to use as a learning wall
Differentiated? keywords- different levels on different coloured backgrounds
Your seating arrangement could consider the display and who would benefit by being next to it?
Print onto stickers to use your windows as display space too!
A target setting board- constantly updated.
Adding NC levels to display areas is good- IF you use the display? Get students to pick out their levels from pieces of work/homework using the display posters?
Ceilings are great places to be used too?
Getting students to use the display board to demonstrate their progress can add an extra element of imaginative teaching into your lesson
Cross Curricular displays are always positive
Motivational Displays are useful to inspire and engage young learners. Having these in areas that catch students attention is especially useful.
Using plastic wallets on your display boards mean they can be easily adapted to your particular lesson and ensure they are personalised
Demonstrating GCSE Assessment objectives in a creative manner can make them seem less ‘boring!’
Use your display space to set students challenges- Like this Challenge Wall-
Make the display interactive- Get students to think to understand it? Use it as a starter? Independent learning tool?
Get students to constantly add to the display- Use Post It notes or get them to directly write on to the backing paper?
Using Items acquired by the students at the end of a project allows them to hold a personal connection with the displays and subject itself
Add QR codes to displays to use the display in lessons?
Giving Students ownership of their tutor display board makes social cohesion in the form better.
Displaying grades from previous years can create aspiration and ensure students are clear about their targets throughout the year
Refer specifically to Exam Specifications- turn these into student speak?
Use the board to piece together work completed in lesson- above shows different sections worked on in pairs and then joined together into the display
Giving examples of completed/moderated/example essays/pieces of work can help students. However, if never referred to or used because writing too small- it may be useless!
Simple way to display keywords- Can be used in a variety of ways…
Use every space you have?!
Showing levelled work really helps students with drawing comparisons with theirs- along with practicing the important skill or peer assessment
This display was created over a series of lessons by the students and then referred to throughout the topic by the students. Post It notes work wonders!