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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.

 

 


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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…

 

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:

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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

 


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Classroom display courses available online

Classroom display courses can be quite hard to find. Face to face courses or INSETS often take up a whole day and I know that eats into your valuable time. That is one of the reasons that classroom display courses work so well for e-learning. It is an ideal topic to learn about on line as you can fit it in around your normal life. If there is a topic in the course that isn’t relevant or that you already know about you can just skip it. If there is something that really grabs your attention you can dive right in and really get to grips with it. You are in charge of your own learning. You are not stuck in a room listening to me drone on about something you don’t need to know!

Current Courses:

There are two levels courses currently available:

  1. Starter Course,
  2. Advanced Course

Starter Course
The starter course is suitable for teachers, all kinds of teaching assistants, learning mentors and librarians. We cover all the basics of displays and is suitable for all key stages. The course costs just £29.99 GBP

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A helpful framework for designing displays

The course includes a  helpful framework for designing displays

I’ll just explain some basics of how it works and what we cover, then please, ask any questions in the comments, if I’ve missed anything.
As I said the course usually has a mix of teachers, teaching assistants and library staff. They can come from any key stage and we often have people from outside the UK involved as well.

How it works

Every week I send you an email with the lesson and a link to a page that contains some written explanations of the topic, maybe a video or two and a slide show of examples. There is a handout, sometimes two, to download as well.
What we cover:
1.Why we have displays, ways of using displays for learning
2. Design guidelines
3. Using colour with confidence and mounting work
4. Fonts and lettering for displays

What you have to do
You are expected to read the course materials, it works best if you join in discussions on the site and complete the  practical task each week.

You can share your completed tasks in the private section of the website. You might also want want to share your ideas on the Facebook page or other social media. Sometimes people prefer to respond privately to the tasks by email & that’s fine too.
You keep your access to all the lessons on line for the duration of the course with an extension if you need it to complete the tasks.

Please don’t worry about the tasks:

Task 1
Look at a display and decide what you think are its main aims and if it is effective. You can use a display found online for task 1. In fact that’s what most people do and I do provide some help finding one.
Task 2
Then task 2 you make a plan for a simple display on a topic of your choice, which you then share by either photographing it OR describe your plan in words. Many people choose to do it that way.
Task 3
You are given a piece of work which you CAN print out and mount, OR you can look at the file and decide how you would mount it and just describe that in words.
Task 4
You can either improve the lettering on your plan in the light of what you’ve learned OR say how you would improve one of the examples I provide.

At the end of the course you also get a pdf file of the lessons that you can keep and work through at your own pace.
What you need

  • Internet access
  • An email account

Optional but nice to have:

  • A printer
  • A digital camera, your phone is fine!

What happens after the course
When you complete the course I send you a pdf certificate of achievement  to print out and keep in your CPD folder. The main thing though is that you should be buzzing with new confidence in your displays ability and full of ideas. I hope that we’ll be able to keep in touch and I’m always glad to see display photos from course participants.

The Advanced Classroom Displays Course

21 days focused days to improve your displays. Runs once a term.

Ideal when for when you need help and support to make your classroom the best it can be but you do not have time to spend hours researching and making displays.

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