Daily archives: Tuesday,

Planning Displays 2

Classroom Displays Group
1. 3D Art Display, 2. Medusa, 3. sunflowerdisplay.jpg, 4. Sunflowers and Bees – detail, 5. seasidedisplay.jpg, 6. Asset Map – Detail, 7. School Project Asset Map, 8. Class 3H Pirate Day Display, 9. 1st Grade, 10. Women’s History Month, 11. Land Use, 12. The Romans, 13. DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo, 14. DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo, 15. DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo, 16. DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.
Three years ago, when I started the Classroom Displays group on Flickr, I had a vision of great displays all over the world being torn down and vanishing for ever at this time of year. All that work and all those great learning ideas gone. Whilst in other classrooms, or even down the corridor, other people were tearing their hair out trying to think of new ideas. I wanted to find a way to change that.

There are well over 700 images in the group pool now and over 150 active members from all over the world. The group is growing faster now than ever before and there are some fantastic images of displays as you can see from this slideshow.

David over at Booruch (sadly no longer available) describes in his podcast how he used the Classroom Displays Group on Flickr to help him plan next terms displays with his classroom assistant. They spent a Friday afternoon with the slideshow from the group up the interactive whiteboard and used the images as the basis of a discussion. This seems to me a really powerful way of working with the inspiration that the group provides, collaboratively analysing and reflecting on what they saw, seeing how it might fit or jar with their context.
I also think this is a great use of the whiteboard for staff development. This is a tool that the children are used to using for their learning but it can be just as powerful a learning tool for staff.