As a teacher, you can never have too many learning resources for the classroom. This week TeacherBoards is exploring the different ways of incorporating display boards with lesson resources. Using your classroom display boards as a teaching tool can cut down on mess, clear up space, cut down on excess paper and can also be something you go back to each lesson and develop as a class. In this blog post you can find lots of different ideas to incorporate working wall display boards within your lesson plans. You can also head to Scholastic’s Research Bank for lots of lesson inspiration for all key stages and ability groups.
Creating a display in your classroom with hints, facts, objects, and artefacts for students to refer to when learning about different topics. Take this Rubbish and Recycling concept from Scholastic for example, their objective is to teach about different methods of recycling household items and how it has changed overtime. They have created a working wall with different sectors for students to get a visual idea on what can be recycled, how it is separated and what happens to it once it has been disposed of. There are lots of alternate methods of teaching about recycling and the importance of our eco-system, you can find alternate ways on how to stylise your recycling lessons and more when you visit the Scholastic Learning Resource Bank here.
There are lots of different ways to design and create a working wall in your classroom, other ideas may include topics such as The Life Cycle, Habitats or The Food Triangle – each concept can incorporate real objects or models to help children visualise what they are learning. These working walls can represent a workshop that children can return to when they need inspiration or a quick reminder of the subject to help along with their work. You can progress and add to the displays as a team to show your development.
To create a working wall to use as part of your lesson, there are many different features you can add to your display board that can be used as a teaching resource. These features can be age appropriate to suit different key stages. For example, in the image above taken from the Scholastic’s website, there are lots of different objects used to display the topic – this would be suitable for primary school and early learning. To adapt to a older age group or ability level, you can add texts, charts and statistics, photographs and even useful textbooks that children can refer to when working on the topic displayed on the board.