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.


Summer Self Paced Displays Course 1

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.

Study at your own pace, online Classroom Displays Summer School  returns in a new form July 25th 2016. Read all about it here

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Last Chances And New Beginings 

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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:

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String zigzagging all over the room and joining to…

 

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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:

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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