Someone is tasked to write on the wall the key points of a lesson, and we’ll come back to it next time to remember them. Enter your email to subscribe to The Learning Spy. Environmental context and human memory. Let me know how you get on. We rely on our intuitions and don’t investigate the evidence. Working in curriculums which are increasingly squashed and narrowed to only offering STEM subjects and excluding everything that gives room for any expression , wall displays could offer students a lot more than just being an ‘effective’ memory aid. On asking about this, he was told that it gave a single point of focus for teachers and for students. Why can’t they write in their books? It’s not so much that this kind of scaffolding is bad, it’s that it’s mis-used. Next time you’re in a classroom decked out in this stuff watch what happens when students are asked to do some work. Trying to concentrate on the relevant information on the board when this board is surrounded by posters, pupils’ work and lists of words, could prove to be too much stimulation; see Keith McAllister’s The ASD Friendly Classroom – Design Complexity, Challenge and Characteristics. We should warn students it’ll be taken away so that they’re motivated to try to remember it. March school reopenings: how safe would teachers be? My brother is a Maths teacher and visited Finland to observe some teaching on an exchange program, whilst there he noted that there was only ever one wall where things were projected and that the rest of the classroom was a calm beige. Looking for secondary classroom displays? It’s to stop people being bored off their bottoms in a chair all the time, to prevent DVT, pins and needles, and actually, by distracting them and taking them off a previous task, possibly introduce some desirable difficulties Messy, but let’s try making the wall into part of the lesson and something we refer back to. Love using clipboards to display student work? The teacher was given a dedicated control table, to visualize, … The power of testing memory: Basic research and implications for educational practice. In some lessons they have to sit, in others they don’t. This made some people happy but a few people were sad . What about the information on wall displays that when covered (eg in a test), and the pupil is asked that question, they look where it was and remember the information. It became quickly evident that even though the walls were covered with children’s work, the teacher had not displayed his. Exactly. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. When and where do we apply what we learn? Apr 18, 2019 - Explore Karunahkaran Kalaivani's board "Birthday display in classroom" on Pinterest. Why is it that we what classrooms to be “bright and cheerful” but recoil in horror at the thought of the same design scheme in our bedrooms? But in most, or at least many, institutions teachers are forced to put up display. At the end of the day as a teacher I spend more time in my classroom than I do my own lounge at home so I want to be in an inspiring, comfortable place. Yes maybe it might be more ‘effective’ in helping students past tests but to me a good wall display can offer so much more, it can add a richness of information and resources and if nothing else wall displays can say to students ‘hey guys I value you enough to display your work on the walls and I value you enough to make the space you are learning in comfortable, inclusive and meaningful to you’. Lessons are 3 hours long with only 15 minutes break half way through. As the ultimate blended learning tool, interactive displays provide the opportunity for teachers and students to continue to flex their mobile learning muscles. The important thing to remember though is that classroom display isn’t really for children at all. Some people love their displays of pupils’ work or of subject information. And why is it that in no other profession would anyone consider a pleasant working environment to be decorated in anyway like a classroom? They emphasize flexibility, collaboration, and creativity in the classroom. Relying on post-its is an apology for being bored ourselves. Sadly, it’s not going to put itself up and, while a few schools employ support staff to ensure their walls are a thing of beauty, in most cases it’s the classroom teacher who’s saddled with juggling the staple gun, acres of sugar paper and a roll of crinkly cardboard edging. If they are thinking about the inspirational poster above the board, they aren’t thinking about the information on the board. Bloody hell!). A good teacher will, as a matter of course, strive not only to fill every inch of wall space with exciting display, but also seek to refresh this display as often as possible to ensure their eager charges always have something new and shiny to occupy their attention. As an English teacher, I find my subject fascinating and am excited to share this with students. His first book, Making Every Geography Lesson Count, is out now. That makes it hard to display in a more traditional classroom. The classroom design also featured a non-interactive vertical display, so the teacher could send the content of an individual table, to be shared with the rest of the class, to support discussion. SEND Focus: Why classroom displays could be doing more harm than good, How classroom displays can improve GCSE results, For truly inspiring classroom displays, just add personality...your own. Late to the conversation here – but I completely agree. Some people love their displays of pupils’ work or of subject information. Mark Enser is head of geography and research lead at Heathfield Community College. We should warn students it’ll be taken away so that they’re motivated to try to remember it. One possible reason for this kind of public writing might be to get students to read each others’ work. That all sounds entirely reasonable. It seemed to me, in that 1 hour meeting, that that room would make a great learning space. Here are six ways the 85-inch Samsung Interactive Display — mounted to the front wall of a classroom or lecture hall — changes the teaching game: 1. peer learning/feedback – I support that. By contrast, if I was ever in a place with white walls, starchy, clinical environment I felt cold, on edge, unwelcome and far less happy. The second problem is with one of the intentions behind these word walls, that of developing self-regulation, whereby pupils develop strategies to get themselves unstuck from a problem without always relying on the teacher's help (see the EEF Self-regulation and Metacognition Guidance Report). One wall was floor to ceiling cupboards, another the windows. Make sure there is always one display that reflects the efforts of everyone in the class. Eventually I won my students over to the process I mention above. Thanks David. I can’t recommend it enough. When we display photos of our families in and around our classroom, we are making a public gesture that families matter. Your final paragraph (mostly) resonates with me, and I would certainly agree that no teacher should be compelled. Why would you want to plaster your walls with bland, meaningless platitudes? Have you read Susan Cain’s ‘Quiet’? Others, however, argue that such classroom displays offer little in terms of pupil learning and may actually do more harm than good. For every student who enjoys wandering around, maybe there are other who dread it? I also hoped to inspire them with examples of their own work, and that of others, and create an environment that encouraged them to work hard. The first problem with the hopes and dreams I had for my classroom displays was with the word wall. I was once firmly in that first camp. 185-205). They won’t have one in an exam and they won’t have one anywhere else in their life. Learn more: Teaching in Room 6. And most pupils are completely unaware of the content of things on display even when they are sat next to it. Most of us are pretty familiar with this tool—you likely have one in your living room. Aug 12, 2020 - Explore Michelle Sowerby's board "display ideas", followed by 626 people on Pinterest. Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. (Eds). This often forms part of a school’s whole-school literacy policy. Great article, making points that needed to be made. All the very opposite of what you see in schools. Have a look at the classroom display ideas on Pinterest and just work out what else could have been achieved in the time it took to make the 3D model of The Incredible Hulk to illustrate some “incredible work”. Lots of things are fun. This is a really interesting topic and as an NQT something I have been thinking about. Not pretty, not ‘display’, not decoration. And it’s also fun to write on walls and windows and build confidence in front of peers imho. Display questions can be compared to referential questions, which are questions you ask because you don't know the answer. The SYSTEM is soooo broken, that only starting with a totally new design can possibly fix education. Additionally, display boards are a great learning implement for children who are visual learners, as it helps them to … And if our lessons are boring, maybe the content is dull? What chance has any pupil got in finding the word they actually need from such a display? Conditions. (I looked in his tray and discovered a fantastic computer design of a cut away section of an Egyptian pyramid, very similar to the ones on the wall.) This is just another way. I think they are a disgrace. Use it to conduct your morning meetings. ?” one sighed in such amazed appreciation. Much better, perhaps, to use laminated table-mats which can be easily swapped out and replaced. At my school in my English department we secured a few hundred pounds additional funding to install “teacher” whiteboards around the walls in our classrooms. If we accept it is the latter, we may need to leave our ego at the door and off the walls. Birthday Display for the ClassroomThis resource includes a bright birthday display with months of the year, dates, a heading, and editable tags for your students' names.Create an amazing birthday display in your classroom that is sure to brighten up any wall!_____F Having said that, while on supply a few years ago in a high school it seemed common practice to schedule a full day of back to back English for year 10 and 11? Oh plenty of beliefs and customs, for sure, but they’re based on nothing much more than sub GCSE Art. They look dreadful; examples of teachers having no knowledge about aesthetic (proportions etc) nor communication strategies, let alone typography and layout. Ideally perhaps it should be mix? There was workings and notes around the entire room. Instead of leaving it up as permanent display we should be taking it down as soon as possible. NAILED IT! They’ll spend hours triple-mounting pieces of paper on complementary colours and laying them out with care and dedication. I found this article when looking into how to decorate my classroom this year (new NQT) when my gut instinct is not to! Time spent gluing things to walls is time which cannot be spent on any other activity. This type of display is like a Sat-Nav, constantly showing us where to go and never asking us to think or puzzle out the route. The classroom interactive touch screen display provides a central space around which to build that community. However, in what other scenario will a word wall display be a useful strategy? Apologies if this seems lofty. Once again the finest monthly publication for secondary teachers, Teach Secondary, have demeaned themselves by publishing another of my sloppily put together rants. If from time to time they get up and wander about for a structured reason – e.g. I had to smile to myself in the penultimate lesson when I let them do a poster – “can we REALLY?? Take down the word walls and instead write up the key words for each lesson on a whiteboard at the front of the room. Keep displays fresh, useful, and uncluttered. I’ve nothing against children having fun in lessons but I don’t think fun should ever be the reason for our choices as teachers. We sometimes fall into the trap of believing that as we can see children walking around, we can somehow see learning. At best this stuff is just wall paper which no one notices after the first fun-packed five minutes, but this stuff can actually end up having a toxic effect on kids: instead of believing they’re stupid, they end up believing that failing to swallow this nonsense means they have, horror of horrors, a fixed mindset and are inveterately lazy toads. The kids come and go and may occasionally glance at one of the posters I’ve put up or read one of the quotes, if so a bonus but it is mainly to make my working environment a pleasant one! A more critical tack: “Display will, at most, have a neutral effect on children’s effort and outcomes and there’s some reason for think it could have negative effects.”. You will receive notifications of new posts by magic. It’s down to knowledge again. During the course of the school day students travel to a variety of different lessons. How about a learning wall? As someone who works in museums, it was reassuring to read Oliver’s comment, ‘Schools would do well to learn from museums’. Well I thought you might say that I read your anti fun blog post a while ago and I did nod a lot. Thanks for the recommendation. The use of interactive and collaborative technology in the classroom has become a baseline requirement for m ost effectively educating students to participate and succeed in the 21st century. Smith, S. M., Glenberg, A., & Bjork, R. A. Some of my students this year were sports, the others childhood studies. Perhaps Finland are playing safe. He tweets @EnserMark, Deputy chief medical officer says it is not clear whether teachers get Covid-19 from students or colleagues in school or from other contacts in the community, A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives, Ofqual adviser predicts difficulty in restraining ‘wildly inflated' teacher-assessed GCSE and A-level grades, Teachers' leaders warn against 'misplaced optimism' as Boris Johnson sets out a roadmap for reopening schools on 8 March, Schools could start to reopen by 8 March - but if they did how safe would teachers be? The second problem comes once you’ve made your selection – what do you do with it once it’s on the wall? For what it’s worth the minimal effort approach is definitely better than wasting hours on perfectionism. Paul Dolan in Happiness by Design suggests we redefine happiness as the intersection of pleasure and purpose – a lot of things which aren’t directly pleasurable do give us a sense of purpose and this might be more useful to cultivate in school. They tend to be examples of low taste, kitsch sensibilities. Even if we employ decoration for decoration’s sake: does this not demonstrate positive values? This website and its content is subject to our Terms and This is achieved by way of their native feature suite and their enhanced capacity to incorporate outside media, thus allowing teachers to imagine lessons in almost any way possible. If they’re struggling to much we should put it back for a while, but, as I’ve found to my cost, it’s a thoroughly tedious business to be continually putting up and taking down the same set of posters. My problem with this stuff is that if kids notice it at all, they become dependent on it. I think I need a glass of wine. Interactive classroom displays combine the touch technology of a tablet with a whiteboard’s educational functionality. See more ideas about classroom displays, school displays, classroom. I wouldn’t proscribe either. Ok, I need to clarify my most recent context: FE 16-19 year olds, who got a D in school and retake again and again until they get a C. I am definitely on board with the thinking promoted in the texts you cite. But even this most benign of display comes with costs and problems. We hope that examples of excellent work will act as useful models to pupils, that they will read this work and be able to apply the strengths to their own work. Apr 19, 2020 - Explore Gemma Armstrong's board "Classroom Displays", followed by 383 people on Pinterest. | David Didau: The Learning Spy, GUEST POST – Tom Sherlock – The impact of display in a geography classroom – Team Geography, https://www.learningspy.co.uk/featured/every-teacher-needs-know-classroom-display/, http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/why-we-should-ban-all-displays-in-the-classroom/, Ban all displays – or is that too far? There were a couple of posters up on the cupboard doors and a couple of notices up near the door. There was an IWB in the centre of the wall opposite the cupboards. The display in most classrooms consists of a mixture of the following: 1) decorative or inspirational posters, 2) useful information such as subject specific keywords, mathematical facts, quotations and formula and 3) students’ work. I know time is an issue so why not get students involved in creating and making resourceful wall displays? Neither am I advocating classrooms that are “spartan, nameless and faceless”. Bjork, R. A. Should it be the best and therefore demotivating for some, or should it show what even ‘these kids’ are capable of? But it’s not a priority and I wouldn’t be prescriptive to others to say they had to do it or not. I once went to a meeting held in a lab in another school. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. In J Metcalfe and A. Shimamura (Eds. Should we just select the neatly coloured in bubble writing of the cleanest, most middle-class girls? Students don’t have to enjoy a subject to be learning, and likewise they don’t have to be suicidally stuck to their chair and using pen and paper all the time either. It doesn’t suggest that we should be finding the time to make papier-mache superheroes. Introduction. Hi Carol – I’m not sure whether this is intended to refute or support my post. This, though, tends to be less about displays and more about classrooms being well laid out, with natural light and neutral colours. Context matters. This doesn’t build self-regulation but a new form of reliance. By ‘it’ do you mean school, or learning? And to be honest that’s mostly what I try to do. The wall at the front of my first classroom was covered with motivational quotes to inspire my pupils, there was a word wall with dozens of key words from my subject that pupils could refer to, sentence starters and connectives, examples of excellent work and even a world map, carefully annotated to highlight the places we would be studying. What every teacher needs to know about… classroom display. You know the type of thing: lists of French verbs, the formula for finding the circumference of a circle, sentence starters to help you write a corking history essay. Here’s why. By displaying some of the best students works on the classroom display board, other students tend to be motivated and set a goal. Or should that scruffy lad who’s smeared a dead spider across his work of staggering genius be allowed a turn? I think the assumption might be that asking students to wander round with post its is ‘active’ while sitting down at your desk is ‘passive’. Instead of leaving it up as permanent display we should be taking it down as soon as possible. Also, display boards make students proud to display their works. And of course it settled the displays debate because now we have no space to put things up! Great article, David! Looking back now, I have to say, this was not a success. We have pulled together a comprehensive collection of whole school, subject specific and social distancing displays for your classroom ready for the new academic year. The following is a brief overview of one way that you could take advantage of the display. Finally, we have displays of students’ work. But LEARNING. I am a very creative, crafty person so could easily spend a large amount of time creating beautiful wall displays but whether they are educationally valuable is another matter and something I need to think about. So why then and what needs to happen first? Should students’ work be displayed to look nice or to demonstrate what’s possible? Our kids are reminded about their family each time they enter the classroom. Is it really going to help us learn or is it more about us as teachers? (2002). The first and most obvious counter-argument is that putting up all this display takes time. If budgets and support staff allow then I think there’s an argument for any basic needs being put up by non teaching staff. This seems to work with my daughter (5) times tables at the moment, and she seems to be learning them from the wall and then looks at the same part of the wall when I cover them. I personally do not believe that laminated table mats can offer the same or better than wall displays that have been done well. Secondly, it is very unlikely that putting this work on display will ever mean it is being read. Groups could be set the task of coming up with as many answers as they can think of to the following questions. The FE setting largely has students who have chosen a vocational route, who see themselves as not academic, and who have mostly become to deeply resent English. Anyway… It’s not too far away from drama. At a time when workload is spiralling out of control for many, are these expectations really healthy? I’ve put your illiterate scrawl on the wall! Thanks Oliver – I’ve included a reference to this comment in the main body of the post. I definitely think displays can work to help embed memory – I kinda address this my post: This type of display is like a Sat-Nav, constantly showing us where to go and never asking us to think or puzzle out the route. The last of these is especially relevant. This month my barrel scraping has reached a new as I quibble about such harmless trivia as teachers putting up posters. […] the physical environment with helpful reminders and motivational quotes, then – as I explain here – it’s probably not a good idea. 22.3. display materials can include supplementary teaching aids that simply enrich or reinforce what is … Even those things seemingly ‘relevant’ to learning (such as terminology or key facts) are not always relevant and can cause distraction. In any classroom, displays should consist primarily of the children’s work, rather than teacher-made or store-bought pieces, no matter how beautiful those pieces might be. Brilliant – love it – so nice to see it in writing! Displaying student work sends several important messages: As teachers, we value what students do. They’ll spend hours triple-mounting pieces of paper on complementary colours and laying them out with care and dedication. 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