Sometimes we need a quiet space…. 1

My Classroom

Advice on how displays are best used in the classroom is fairly hard to find.

Here Dr MacIntyre, a behaviour management specialist provides a checklist that might be helpful.


  • Students academic work is displayed
  • Displays are at the students eye level
  • Displays have educational or motivational value (not solely posted for entertainment value)
  • Instructional boards/screens are located within each student’s visual range.
  • The schedules for daily, semi-weekly, and weekly activities are posted
  • The schedules are written so that students can comprehend it (or it has pictures/photos attached for non-readers)
  • The schedules are current
  • Some walls are left undecorated in order to provide a visual “rest” when students look up from their work to reflect and think
  • Chipping paint, broken window frames/locks, malfunctioning electrical outlets, etc. have been reported (And you periodically bring the custodian favorite snack/pastry in order to enhance the chances of the repairs being made)

It’s not exactly ground breaking, most of it is common practice in schools. The one that I found most interesting was that some walls should be left undecorated. This is really important, especially when we have children with ADHD or on the Autistic Spectrum in class. There’s often a close link between over-stimulation and behaviour. So whilst we might want to create “Rooms of Wonder” maybe sometimes we need to just stop and consider the pupil for whom all this visual input is too overpowering.

This one meets some of the check list and I love the noise reduction gizmos on the chairs! 🙂

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.

One thought on “Sometimes we need a quiet space….

  • EveT

    Hear Hear for those with ASDs etc – my first though on seeing the picture of the classroom above was – ‘what a nightmare for the child with autism’ – then I read your comment 🙂

    Those with autism usually have a highly aroused visual sense – so what stimulates an NT (neurotypical) child produces overarousal in the autistic child.

    Christmas is the worst time … decorations both overarouse their visual senses AND … IMPORTANTLY … make the whole classroom seem totally alien to an autistic child … it’s like having lessons etc in a different room altogether. Add to that the total lack of routine that Christmas brings to the school atmosphere, staff wearing hats or flashing earrings etc – every parent’s nightmare when your child has autism … often they hold it together long enough to get home and then … wham! 🙁

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