What’s a good wall display?

I scribbled these questions down in draft form ages ago and never really got around to doing anything with them. In the spirit of ‘cleaning out the ashtrays’ for the new year, I worlded them and, ahem, created a wall display…sort of.

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Who is it for?  What does it achieve? What should it include?  How often is it changed?  How often do we refer to it during class time? How often do we refer to it outside class time? In what ways is it there to impress management? In what ways is it there to impress parents? In what ways is it there to impress colleagues? In what ways is it there for pupils? For ourselves? Which things should be permanent and which temporary? How much thought do we give to positioning? How much thought do we give to eye level? Will our students get by if they never look at it? What would change if we put homework on the wall? What should change if we put homework on the wall? What would change if we put essential information on the wall? If someone, anyone, walked into your room today, what would they see?

2 thoughts on “What’s a good wall display?

  1. Kenny, in response to your final question: an extremely messy room with a “learning” wall in progress; a display with pupil work on Frankenstein (due to be taken down); recent team presentation work and photographs; the “Andrew” corner with his work; various other works in progress. Outside my room is perhaps a tad tidier – S1 and S2 are happy to see their recent pieces displayed here. Oh … and my door? This usually reflects the current topic for S1.

    At the moment, I’m using displays to help with writing pieces and the reflection process.

  2. I am a Science teacher: I have just put a numeracy board up in my room, with examples of how to do things, like calculate means and percentages. so i intend to direct students to go have a look if they need to work out a mean etc so they can interact with it. I also have lots of IFLS posters and chemistry cat jokes, purely to engage and spark discussion. there is a new one to download on what has happened in science this week, so i print it off in colour and stick it on the classroom door. anything that is a bit wow is worth 3p off my print budget for.

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