Display boards are premium learning tools in our classrooms, their purpose is partly for displaying and celebrating our students’ work, but they are an invaluable tool that can be integrated into your teaching.
Posters of key concepts, I can statements, Word Walls, mathematical concepts, Bump it up walls, Behaviour– code of conduct and classroom agreements. That is a lot to incorporate into an often bare classroom that may have more windows than display space.
How can you create more display space?
Most classrooms are equipped with ‘tote tray trolleys’ and the backs of these can make great display boards. They work incredibly well with blue tack and double sided tape – the beauty of these is that they are at eye level when students are working at their desks and so it makes them more accessible. By creating a corner nook out of these trolleys, you can also create effective display area.
A welcome sign on the entrance of any classroom is always prime ‘real estate’ display space in our classroom. It can tell us a lot about the personality of the teacher and the students that are working in there. I have seen some fabulous displays that are also theme related depending on what is being taught in the classroom at the time. Many teachers may choose to have a whole classroom theme in their room- it may be a colour combination, animals, space, llamas!!!. Pinterest is a great source of information for door displays. Careful that you don’t get to lost on the site!
Windows can make wonderful display spaces as long as the light into the classroom is not compromised and darkened. This can be an issue for many students with vision problems. Window paints are useful for creating word walls or posing questions, mindset quotes etc.
Hallways outside of your classroom
What better way to showcase the fantastic things that are happening in your classroom. Art work, craft displays are perfectly suited for hallway displays. Mindset posters are also beneficial as reminders to students before they enter into the classroom, and can be referred to as prompts for student behaviour.
I don’t advocate using this space for behaviour charts, student achievement or similar (as it is so public).
Classroom Bulletin Boards
Save your classroom bulletin boards for reference materials such as
- Word walls
- I can statements
- Star of the day
- Alphabet charts
- Number displays
- Formula displays
- Music displays
- Science cards
- High frequency words
This article written by Study.com,has some wonderful ideas about using posters in the classroom:
If you are looking for some great resources to brighten up your classroom then pop on over to the Alphabet Tree to checkout some of the great Teacher Author created displays that you can use in your classroom: