No Said – Bulletin Board 7

no said display

No Said display board

Here’s an interesting graffiti style classroom display. At first glance this is very much a working display rather than something that’s been at all planned or designed. Look closer and you realise that the central image has been carefully chosen and executed. Giving children the ownership and freedom to contribute to the classroom displays in this way feels risky to many teachers but the results can be quite powerful.

Robert says:

Our January bulletin board was created by our class. We have kept a list of words to use instead of “said” when we write.

If I were to make suggestions for improvement it would only be to use darker pens for the words and perhaps a paler yellow background.

The words the pupils chose are interesting as well. Let’s have a look at this.

detail no said board

Use of ‘texted’ on No Said board

I wonder if the teacher would have thought of ‘typed’, ‘texted’ or ‘e-mailed’ as alternatives to ‘said’. 21stC pupils do and this is their display.

I’ve done much more managed versions of this sort of display in primary classrooms. Then we’ve usually collected a list of words from the children and either written them out on paper or typed them on the computer. These were then laminated and attached to the display with either sticky pads or putty so that they could be removed for reference. I wonder what the benefits of being just a little bit braver and handing over ownership like Robert did might have been?

No Said Bulletin Board, originally uploaded by Robert Owens.

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7 thoughts on “No Said – Bulletin Board

  • amanda

    actually, I didn’t mean to put ‘like’! I meant ti put ‘nice’. Doh!

    • Linda Hartley Post author

      I think ‘like’ might be a bit over used too so either of them would be good.

  • Terri

    This is really neat! I’ve never seen it before and will definitely use it sooner than later. Thank you for the extra comments as well..

  • Linda Post author

    Oops, sorry Robert. I’ve edited the post to correct the age. I hadn’t spotted ‘voice-mailed’. I’d never have thought of that one!

  • RDOwens

    E-mailed and voice-mailed are on the bulletin board.

    I do this each year with my students. It’s interesting to see the list they generate. Prior to this bulletin board, the list was generated in the classroom on a white board over the course of a month. The only input I have is
    1. to remove misspelled words
    2. discuss whether words added replace said
    3. I add the word whispered as the first word to demonstrate differences in context

    BTW, this bulletin board was created by fourth graders, not high school students.

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