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.
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.
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?