Linda Hartley


About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.


Transition Day Hand Flowers

hand flowers display

Hand Flowers display from Nadine on the Facebook page

Hand Circles – simple, visually attractive, but what do they actually do?
Ideal for any age group, from early years to high school, this is a popular display idea. It is often used as a quick display for transition days but it can also be done as a whole school collaboration to hang in a shared area.
This idea lends itself to transition days as it is a simple activity with a visually attractive outcome. There is no need to get the paints or glue out and the result gives an impression of inclusion. After all, everyone can cut round their hand or colour in a flower…
Top Tip – use dark green or blue backing paper
As you can see from this lovely example (from Nadine on our Facebook page) it works really well done on a black background. Black is not always the easiest colour of paper to find at this time of year though, it will work just as well on a really dark green or blue.
Is it working?
At this point most people are quite happy with their pretty display. All the children have contributed, so it ticks the ‘ownership’ box, and it looks good for visitors. What more do you want?
Well, these displays can look a little tired, particularly if you repeat the same format every year. I have a few suggestions that might enhance the impact of the display and make it a little more personal to your class.
5 Ideas for Adding More Personalisation
Try one or more of these ideas to make this display unique to your class.

  •  Names on the hands. Can work but it is hard to make sure all the names are visible. Try first names only and put them on the middle finger.
  • Use Mehndi (henna) style decoration on the hands. Fun to do and looks good. Stick to one colour per hand and perhaps a limited range of hand colours. Younger children may struggle so this works best in Keystage 2 and above.
  • Children write three wishes for the coming school year on the back of their hand. (One for themselves, one for the whole class and one for their family.This one is my favourite!) Younger children can be helped or draw simple pictures. These will be hidden in the final display but the children will know they are there.
  • Use flowers created by the children rather than pre-printed ones. It is easy to find ideas for 3D flowers that are very simple to create.You will be amazed and delighted by how good they can look!
  • Instead of plain paper let the children choose to cut the hands from old gardening magazines, flower catalogues, seed catalogues, or even old floral wrapping paper. Wall paper samples can work too if you have them.

 

All these ideas are aimed at making the display something unique to this group of children, something that they will feel is part of them.

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We look at adding interactivity and ownership in more detail in  Classroom Displays Courses.

 


Summer School 2017   Recently updated !

The Classroom Displays Self Paced Summer School

The course opens is open  now and you can get immediate access to all lessons.

How Does The Self Paced Displays Summer School Work?

Classroom Displays Summer school

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The  Classroom Displays Starter and Advanced Courses used to take either 4 weeks (Starter Course) or 21 working days (Advanced Course). I have now updated the courses so that people can access the material and study at their own pace. This means that you could whizz through either, or even both the courses, in a few days or just do the odd half hour here and there spread out over the next 6 months. The choice is totally yours.

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  • The Starter Course £29.99
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  •  I also provide a tailor-made version for schools wanting to do block bookings. (Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to email me for details).

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Once you have paid I will send you an email confirmation. Then I will send you the password to your chosen level and the link to the lessons.

  • You can read all the lessons and work your way through them as quickly or as slowly as you like.
  • You retain full access until October. (Extensions are possible by arrangement)
  • I provide feedback on all completed tasks you send me, by email.
  • You get a certificate once you complete the tasks
  • If you choose the Access All Areas option not only will you be able to access both courses but you will also be entitled to two bonus 1-1 email mentoring sessions where we can talk about your specific displays issues.

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Updated – The study at your own pace, online Classroom Displays Summer School  returns in a new form July 25th 2016. Sign up to the newsletter for a special discount offer!

Summer School 2016

Summer School 2016

The next Classroom Displays Summer School starts  July 25th 2016. The course will remain available to book until early September.

You DO NOT need to be in school to do the course!
Don’t worry that you are not in school or don’t have access to a camera over the summer.

What Level Will You Choose?

This year for the first time I am offering three levels for the Summer School.

You will be able to choose from the Starter Course, the Advanced Course or choose Access All Areas (which includes everything and comes with two bonus 1-1 mentoring emails)

How Does The Self Paced Course Work?

When you sign up I send you the password and the link to the lessons.

  • You work your way through them as quickly or as slowly as you like.
  • You retain full access until the September class starts.
  • I provide feedback on any completed tasks you send me, by email.
  • You still get a certificate once you complete the tasks

Who is it for?

These courses are designed for people who are unsure where to start with displays, struggle to find ideas or worry about their displays being boring.

The self paced version is ideal for anyone who finds it hard to make time to study during term time. The tasks are all provided so you do not need to be in school to complete the courses.

What will I learn?

 Classroom Displays Starter Course

  • You will understand how to make your displays really work for your learners
  • You will know where to look for display ideas and resources
  • You will be able to use basic design principles to make your displays stand out.
  • You will confidently use colour in your displays and know how to best to mount children’s work.
  • You will choose from a range of lettering styles to find the ones that best suit your display.

Best of all, you’ll have the experience of looking at lots of other people’s displays and seeing how to improve them. Once you do that it becomes much easier to see how to improve your own!

Advanced Course

In the Advanced Course you will cover:

  • Some of the theory behind what has been called the UK obsession with displaying children’s work. This will include looking at display policies, display learning walks etc.
  • Learning walls and standards based displays. We will also consider how to make target displays meaningful to children whilst not alienating to lower achievers.
  • A range of visually based behaviour management ideas.
  • Adding 3D elements to displays to increase learner engagement.
  • Technology and display, how to add interest to your displays with technology based elements.

 

Read more about the Summer School on the Classroom Displays Training site.

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The December Starter Course 2015 was the last run of the course in the current form.
The final course was  similar to the The Summer School . There will still be weekly emails on a Monday but you can take your time over the material. I’ll be providing feedback on all completed tasks as usual.

Course Dates: Ran Monday the 7th of December 2015 to the end of January 2016.

Ideal for anyone who would rather work at their own pace during the Christmas break.

If you want to read more about the  Starter Course and how it  works then follow this link

After five years of running the course in this format,  it was time to make some changes.

 

 


Get this book! 1

Update – The book is not currently available

A couple of days ago I got a Facebook message from Tim Bowman asking me to promote his new book about teaching Forget Being the Favourite. Normally I only share displays stuff but I always check things out in case they have some relevance to displays. I’m glad I did and I think you will be too. I simply couldn’t put it down. I wished it had been around when I was training. It would have saved me a lot of pain and heartache. The book is not at all dry but bright and visual. Easy to read it is full of nuggets of teaching wisdom. I left a quick review on Amazon:

Nuggets of wisdom on every page, clear and succinct. Great use of visual learning too. What would it be like to produce text books for classrooms like this?

Free on Amazon

Find it on Amazon

Tim  is a primary school teacher in Melbourne, Australia and he has written an extraordinary book that personally I think every NQT and student teacher should read.

Forget Being the Favourite is a very visual book and  although it is about teaching rather than displays I really wanted to share it here.

Apart from everything else it has around 80 images that would make wonderful staffroom posters.

 

I asked Tim to do a guest post for us and he agreed:

 

Tim Bowman on Classroom Displays

Classroom displays have never been my strong point, even with a mum who is an art teacher. For me I’ve always focused on trying to make my displays as interactive where possible.

An example is getting each student to draw a self-portrait and then write a descriptive piece about his or her drawing. The images are then scattered all over the display and linked by pieces of string so students have to search to link the image with the writing.

Tim uses string again to good effect in this display:

poster

String zigzagging all over the room and joining to…

 

finish

 

My favourite display though is “Facewall”. Each student has a section, usually around the size of an A4 piece of paper. Each section has a clip at the top and students can put in anything they want, like a Facebook page. Kids put in the work they are most proud of, a photo of their dog, or a medal they won at football. It looks good, has value and is low maintenance (my kind of display).

Mine too. Don’t we all love low maintenance, high value displays?

Here are a couple of other posters from Tim similar to those in the book:

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A good reminder for staff and students!

And an ‘interesting’ 😉  variant on the old C3B4Me idea:

poster

The foreword is by John Hattie and the e-book was FREE on Amazon for the first five days and then was £6.42 GBP or $5. 99. So join the thousands who have grabbed it already and get your copy as soon as you can. Lets see if it really can hit the bestsellers list!

The book is now available from this link. You can grab a PDF copy here:

See the comments section for a link to download all of these posters from Tim’s Google Drive