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Hi I’m Linda Hartley

Linda Hartley

Linda Hartley

I am Linda Hartley and I am the author of this blog. I have a passion for helping teachers to make the most of their classrooms and to create interesting learning environments. As an ex-teaching assistant with many years experience in primary schools I know all about the pressure on teachers to achieve good results in the shortest time possible.

In 2010 I set up The Classroom Displays Starter Course, an online course which helps you to make the most of your classroom displays and to create interesting learning environments.Β  It is about to go through some updating and the last available one in the current form is available from the beginning of December 2015 . Click through for more details: Classroom Displays Starter Course.

In 2014 I added the Advanced Course which you can read about here.

I am based on the Isle of Wight and work on various educational projects including writing magazine articles, and online professional development and training with Teaching Assistants and other school staff.

Ancient History
I worked as a TA and Research Assistant in a Primary School for many years. As a research assistant I worked in a networked learning community with 5 other schools providing support for their action research projects. I was also the school Well Being Facilitator and worked with staff at all levels to innovate and co-ordinate change processes.

In 2006 I achieved First class Honours degree in a workplace action research based, 100% online degree from Anglia Ruskin University ( BA(Hons) Learning, Technology and Research), partly based on the work I did for this blog.

You can listen to an interview David Noble did with me for his podcast Booruch about the blog (and the Flickr group) from 2007 here:

My personal blog is at Linda M Hartley .

Follow me on twitter: @lindiop IΒ  tweet mainly about displays and education

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A Note for Researchers:

If you are interested in using the blog (and/or my experiences) as part of your own research there is a FAQ page which it would be helpful for you to read before contacting me. Thanks πŸ™‚



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18 thoughts on “About

  • Evelyn Saenz

    Thank you for your kind comments on my Interactive Bulletin Boards page and for allowing me to use your photo of Pirate Pete’s Place Value.

    I hope that you don’t mind that I have added an RSS Feed connecting this blog to my webpage: Interactive Bulletin Boards.

  • Carolina

    I absolutely love your site. I get a lot of ideas from it!
    I love useful teaching sites, that’s why I select only the best links for publishing them on my site.

    Your blog is on my current news at my website right now.
    I hope that’s ok with you.

    Congrats again!

  • Linda Post author

    Thanks Jason πŸ™‚ I’d love to visit. Don’t forget to take some photos of those displays and add them to the Flickr group!

  • Jason Young

    Hello. Nice blog and pictures. Very informative. I’m inspired to have regular group displays for my kids, too. If you ever come around to the Philippines, look us up.


  • Linda Post author

    Hi Lynn,
    Tricky question. I use some old wooden ones that I’ve had for about 20 years πŸ™‚ Here are a few ideas:
    For wooden ones:
    Search ebay for starters – wooden letters last forever so people do sell them off.
    Buy some online – tryBright Ideas
    Your school should be able to order them through one of the catalogues if you are in the UK.
    Ask other teachers – they often have a set tucked away.
    If you are buying try to get the Sassoon font. It always looks good on displays.
    Alternatively – make a set of your own and laminate them. Find a font you like, print it out at the right size then photocopy onto card. Cut them out and to ensure long life, laminate. I’ve got a pdf somewhere… I’ll put it online and link to here in the next week or so..
    Finally consider using printed titles instead. Faster, easier and often looks neater.

  • Linda Post author

    Hi Pima
    I’m glad you find the blog useful. I had a good look round your site. Your anti-bullying breakfast meeting looked fun and I loved Year 1’s Assembly video πŸ™‚

  • pima

    Hi Diane.. it is a great blog you have, it’s very informative and a learned a lot from your blog. Come visit my blog at; funteachers.multiply.com

  • Diane Reynolds

    Thank you very much for sharing your blog Linda and thank you to everyone who has contributed to such a wonderful resource. I have recently started a blog for trainee teachers in London where I share my expertise in ICT. My last session is based on the relevance of Web 2.0 technology in the classroom. It was completely new to them and its potential. I am also going to start researching for my dissertation on the same theme too.

    I am going to link your site to my blog so that these trainees know about this blog too.

    My blog is at http://ictforteachers.edublogs.org/ Please come over everyone and see if it could be useful to you or anyone else you know.

    Diane Reynolds-Primary School Teacher, ICT Coordinator, Hackney,London.

  • Linda Post author

    Hi Diane,
    I’m glad you like the blog and that you are going to link to it. How about joining the Flickr group?
    Your blog has some good resources πŸ™‚ and I look forward to seeing more about your work with trainee teachers. I’m doing some TA training at the moment and putting resources online too at Usefulwiki
    If you are only in Hackney perhaps we should get together some time as I live in London now.
    Drop me a line: