- Classroom doors
- Classroom windows
- Storage cupboard doors
- The front panel on the teacher’s desk
- Mobile display on wheels (can be wheeled away when not in use)
- Table top display (can be folded down when not in use)
The location needs to be easily visible so that it reaches its full potential. If it is an interactive display board you need to make sure that it’s easy to get to and can be reached by all children. Consider the walk way to the display board and make sure there are no safety concerns or obstructions i.e. furniture in the way or directly behind the door.
When choosing the subject of your display board there are a number of things you need to think about. It’s likely that your display will be up for the duration of the current term so it’s important you utilise the board to its fullest potential.
Try to cover the entire topic that you are teaching, it’ll be a waste if the display board only covers a part of the module.
Your display should also be clearly targeted and well thought out. You should consider age, content, colour and, you need to make sure it is visually stimulating.
Some teachers like to keep the theme of the board the same but change the content, this is ok if you’re going to have time to make the changes when you need to. A display board with little or no enthusiasm that has been thrown together in the eleventh hour will have little or no impact.
In the early years, such as foundation stage, KS1 and KS2, it is particularly important to have interaction with the children. Some good display board topics are:
- Class rules
- Daily tasks
- Large display of class work
- Performance charts
A stimulating environment makes for a stimulated child - the environment in which a child is in can have a very direct impact on their learning. Children who feel more engaged in their learning environment are known to be more receptive.
Decorated classroom walls create a friendly, brighter and more interesting environment which is known to have an effect on children and their enthusiasm to learn.
You don’t want to overdo it, so don’t go plastering the walls, windows and doors, otherwise your classroom will be over stimulating resulting in a negative effect on your class.
When thinking about what affects and influences learning, colour probably isn’t the first thing most people think of. Studies show that warm colours should be used with in classrooms as these colours calm and relax people. However, different colours can have a variety of different effects on mood, temperature, creativity, security and even hunger. For tips on using the right colours for your learning environments read our ‘How Colour Effect Learning’ article.
Keep your display clear, precise and neat. Don’t overload your display board with tons of material.