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What Makes a Good Classroom Display?

With students and teachers spending approximately 35 hours a week in the classroom, it makes sense to make it a comfortable and encouraging place for learning.  A good display not only brightens up a classroom but engages and informs.  It can promote a sense of ownership amongst students and celebrate their work.

Display Purposes:

Merely decorative – to brighten up the classroom

Direct teaching aids – letters of the alphabet for example

Supplemental teaching aids – pictures of a country’s food, or national costume

Reference material – such as number lines

Introducing new topics – information surrounding the new topic could be displayed prior to teaching beginning

Creating pupil interest – for example, nature tables

Record and progress keeping – keep a record of topics covered, outstanding or much improved work

Top Tips:

Gather all of your equipment together first – staple gun and staples, backing paper and a sturdy stanley knife

Change your displays regularly – if possible two or three times per term

Be consistent – use the same font and labeling system for each display

Show all of your students’ work – not just the best

Use a unique design or theme

Choose the right location – windows, filing cabinets, doors and desks can all be used for displays

Choose colours carefully – blues and greens are calming and bright colours can help energise

In most cases the work should have the student’s name visible – this allows for recognition as well as assisting when the work is returned

Displays should celebrate effort as well as achievements

Consider the height of the display – if it is aimed at students then it should be at their eye level

Double mounting the work on display can add to its visual impact

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