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Classroom display


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Classroom display

  1. 1. Classroom Display
  2. 2. 09/14/16 Reasons for Making Displays
  3. 3. • merely decorative • develop the skills of teachers in display techniques and use them effectively for educational, management and other purposes • enrich or reinforce what is being taught • can include information for students • set the scene for a new teaching topic • part of some ongoing work • provide students with something extra to do • part of record keeping • communicate to others what the class is doing • stimulate and create interest
  4. 4. 09/14/16 The Display of Students' Work
  5. 5. • deserves special consideration and needs to be approached sensitively • celebrates effort, as well a perfect work • helps students appreciate their own work and the work of others • students' names be visible • students' involvement - with the teacher's supervision
  6. 6. The Display of Students'Work The reality is… “We set standards by the environment we offer to children” (Dean, 2001, p.197)
  7. 7. 09/14/16 Display Surfaces walls ceiling windows publications public placesanother school principal's office staff room corridors string table cupboard tops shelves
  8. 8. 09/14/16 Some Miscellaneous Classroom Display Tips
  9. 9. • Relevance of display • Coherence of display (create a theme/motif) • Organization of display 09/14/16 Full walls do not mean they are well decorated. It is something else
  10. 10. • Change displays regularly, to maintain interest and freshness • Displays need maintenance. Keep up running repairs if things come loose or damaged or untidy. • Think about the eye level of students, including when they are seated. This should influence the height of displays. • Give displays titles/captions
  11. 11. • When you visit other schools and classrooms, look out for good display ideas. • Search the Internet for classroom display ideas and help. • When preparing titles and labels for displays, measure carefully the space where these titles are to be placed.
  12. 12. • Learn from the past and from others. 09/14/16
  13. 13. What about harmonizing colors in displays? 09/14/16
  14. 14. • Use contrasting colors for display.
  15. 15. 09/14/16
  16. 16. dark over light  light over dark
  17. 17. • decide on a scheme for the alignment and arrangement of display material. if display items are of different sizes, they can be aligned along a top edge Example Layout
  18. 18. or a vertical or horizontal line of symmetry
  19. 19. 09/14/16 alignment tip: Use yarn and do not rely on your visual sight in aligning the display
  20. 20. • 09/14/16
  21. 21. • Double mounting display material can add greatly to its visual impact Border effects Background Outer mount Double mounting Inner mount Picture
  22. 22. • stick narrow strips of contrasting colored paper
  23. 23. • borders for the display area itself can also be created using repeat motifs
  24. 24. 09/14/16 What about the text?
  25. 25. • Text (i.e. quotes, labels or titles) should be legible even to the last person seated at the back row
  26. 26. 09/14/16 Do picture displays come easy to you?
  27. 27. Some tips: 1. Create an overall theme 2. DIY (Draw It Yourself). Can't draw? Seek the help of Mr. Publisher
  28. 28. “This is the way we do things around here”. The Power of Display:
  29. 29. “Those schools that have books falling off the shelves, with books laid on top of other books, some with ripped covers, others with pages falling out, give the visitor a clear impression of the school, and the culture” Quote
  30. 30. “Classrooms have personalities just like people.” -63 Ways of Improving Classroom Instruction (Gary Phillips and Maurice Gibbons)
  31. 31. - end - References: A Classroom and School Display. A Guide for Teachers and for Teacher Training by Dr. David Smawfield. 2006 Morrow, L. M. (1990). Preparing the classroom environment to promote literacy during play. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 5, 537-554.
  32. 32. What did you do? • Did you make a lay-out plan?  Agree on the background  agree on the colors to apply on the characters  Agree on the colors of the text • What color combination/s is /are applied? • Is the quote legible even to the last person in the line? • Is the placement of the letters straight? How did you get a straight line? (or the opposite) • Did you provide a breathing space on the display board? 09/14/16