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Update – The book is not currently available

A couple of days ago I got a Facebook message from Tim Bowman asking me to promote his new book about teaching Forget Being the Favourite. Normally I only share displays stuff but I always check things out in case they have some relevance to displays. I’m glad I did and I think you will be too. I simply couldn’t put it down. I wished it had been around when I was training. It would have saved me a lot of pain and heartache. The book is not at all dry but bright and visual. Easy to read it is full of nuggets of teaching wisdom. I left a quick review on Amazon:

Nuggets of wisdom on every page, clear and succinct. Great use of visual learning too. What would it be like to produce text books for classrooms like this?

Free on Amazon

Find it on Amazon

Tim  is a primary school teacher in Melbourne, Australia and he has written an extraordinary book that personally I think every NQT and student teacher should read.

Forget Being the Favourite is a very visual book and  although it is about teaching rather than displays I really wanted to share it here.

Apart from everything else it has around 80 images that would make wonderful staffroom posters.

 

I asked Tim to do a guest post for us and he agreed:

 

Tim Bowman on Classroom Displays

Classroom displays have never been my strong point, even with a mum who is an art teacher. For me I’ve always focused on trying to make my displays as interactive where possible.

An example is getting each student to draw a self-portrait and then write a descriptive piece about his or her drawing. The images are then scattered all over the display and linked by pieces of string so students have to search to link the image with the writing.

Tim uses string again to good effect in this display:

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String zigzagging all over the room and joining to…

 

finish

 

My favourite display though is “Facewall”. Each student has a section, usually around the size of an A4 piece of paper. Each section has a clip at the top and students can put in anything they want, like a Facebook page. Kids put in the work they are most proud of, a photo of their dog, or a medal they won at football. It looks good, has value and is low maintenance (my kind of display).

Mine too. Don’t we all love low maintenance, high value displays?

Here are a couple of other posters from Tim similar to those in the book:

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A good reminder for staff and students!

And an ‘interesting’ 😉  variant on the old C3B4Me idea:

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The foreword is by John Hattie and the e-book was FREE on Amazon for the first five days and then was £6.42 GBP or $5. 99. So join the thousands who have grabbed it already and get your copy as soon as you can. Lets see if it really can hit the bestsellers list!

The book is now available from this link. You can grab a PDF copy here:

See the comments section for a link to download all of these posters from Tim’s Google Drive

 


Displays Checklist for NQTs

Displays Checklist for NQTs

So you got the job! Well done! Now the panic starts.   I know you will be full of excited enthusiasm and raring to sort out ‘your’ new classroom. Breathe, and read this Displays checklist for NQTs  before you do anything rash.These are the things you need to consider now:

  • Check school displays policy (should be in Welcome pack or on website)
  • Try to have a chat with your NQT mentor before the end of term about what the school expects and if you will have displays help
  • Ask if the school uses specific fonts and colours
  • Find out what, if any, displays outside your classroom will be your responsibility.
  • Once you have a class list make several sets of labels. Save time and stress by using editable ones from sites like Teachers Pet or Twinkle.
  • Try not to spend your own money on display materials. They will be provided. See the Display Makers Toolbox for useful things you might want to buy.
  • Use the transition day to generate some sort of quick ‘getting to know you’ display that you can have up on the first day.
  • If you are in the UK avoid US based classroom design sites. Display here is more education than decoration.
  • Read this post about Display Basics
  • Join the Classroom Displays Monthly mailing list (see sidebar to sign up)
NQT displays checklist

NQT displays checklist

NQTchecklist – a printable version of the checklist for you to download.

Works for newly appointed teaching assistants too!

Oh and you might like to join the self-study Classroom Displays Starter Course, if you really want to go on studying rather than just enjoying the summer!