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! 🙂